Sep 6 2021
06:32 am

On Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, Tennessee led all U.S. states and territories in new coronavirus cases, adjusted to account for population.

On Sunday, Kentucky's governor "described the state’s surge of Covid cases as “dire,” and pointed out that Republican state lawmakers had limited his options to control the record wave of infections there."

Whereas, Tennessee's surge is actually worse than Kentucky's. No Tennessee government official's worried about our state of surge. More so just encouraging citizens to go out and spread the sadness.

Several East Tennessee hospitals (Blount Memorial Hospital, Covenant Health, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Sweetwater Hospital Association, Tennova Healthcare and The University of Tennessee Medical Center) signed an open letter to East Tennesseans urging vaccinations amid growing capacity concerns on Wednesday. In the letter, officials asked people to practice safe COVID actions and get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

Alas, to what end? Approximately 23 people in Knox County died from the coronavirus last week. Healthcare workers are exhausted and not respected. This is a sad state. Citizens are not expected to care about each other. Whatta ya gonna do?


Joint Statement from Blount Memorial Hospital, Covenant Health, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Sweetwater Hospital Association, Tennova Healthcare and The University of Tennessee Medical Center

The past 18 months have been difficult for everyone in many ways, and the surge in COVID-19 infections over the past months has been exceptionally challenging. We have seen a sharp rise in delta variant-related infections, and community hospitalizations have exceeded the COVID-related census we witnessed in January 2021. We are all anxious to get past the coronavirus pandemic.

We continue to believe that vaccination is the fastest and most effective way out of the pandemic. With this belief, our hospital organizations are joining together to urge everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Across our health systems, more than 80% of people who are hospitalized due to COVID-19 are unvaccinated. Many have avoided getting vaccinated because of myths or misinformation about vaccine safety. However, vaccine testing, clinical trials and worldwide results show that the vaccine is safe and effective. It greatly reduces the likelihood of contracting or spreading the virus, being hospitalized, or dying as a result of COVID-19. It also significantly lowers our communities’ risk of experiencing another viral surge. If you are hesitant about receiving the vaccine, please discuss your concerns with your health care provider so you can make an educated decision based on factual information.

Not only are we once again facing significant increases in the number of COVID-19 cases, we are also facing a shortage of health care workers in the U.S., and Tennessee is no exception. Staffing is lower now than before the pandemic began, and several of our health systems have enlisted the help of the Tennessee National Guard to help alleviate this staffing crisis. Even with this assistance, as more people come to our hospitals, we still have fewer health care professionals to provide care.

Unfortunately, we acknowledge that patients in our ERs are experiencing longer wait times because of higher numbers of emergency cases and more people seeking COVID-19 testing and treatment. Our dedicated physicians and hospital staffs are working hard to care for COVID-19 patients as well as those who are experiencing heart attack, stroke, and other life-threatening illnesses and conditions. A significant amount of our hospitals’ current bed capacity is being used by COVID-19 patients. We all need to do our part to prevent the escalating spread of the virus to make sure local hospitals are here when you need us, regardless of the type of care you need. We know that anxieties and emotions can be high during hospital visits. We appreciate your patience and ask that you treat our health care heroes with the kindness and respect they deserve.

If you are experiencing mild symptoms such as a low-grade fever, cough or sore throat, or you need COVID-19 testing, we encourage you to call your health care provider or go to an urgent care facility rather than coming to the ER. However, if you have a serious injury or a life-threatening illness or condition, don’t hesitate to seek emergency treatment. Our collective commitment is to be there when you need us most. Be assured that our teams are working tirelessly and selflessly to provide you with the care that you need.

We are doing everything we can to manage the current increase in COVID ER visits and hospitalizations while also caring for the ongoing, non-COVID-19-related health care needs of our communities. To make an immediate impact on slowing the spread of the virus and to reduce the burden on our health systems, we encourage mask wearing and social distancing when in public.

Again, we strongly encourage everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Now is the time to come together as a community to protect ourselves and one another. Our entire region has experienced suffering and loss, but the spirit of East Tennesseans is as strong as ever. Thank you for embodying that strong spirit and for entrusting your care with our health care systems.

Moon's picture

The 7-day data

In the past 7 days, Kentucky's C-19 deaths per 100,000 pop was 0.52. Tennessee's was 0.51.

The 7-day extremes: North Dakota was 0.11. Florida was 1.51.

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The And

Whereas, Tennessee's surge is actually worse than Kentucky's. No Tennessee government official's worried about our state of surge. More so just encouraging citizens to go out and spread the sadness.

I was just trying to add some numeric context to this sentiment.

fischbobber's picture

Pediatric Cases

What I found interesting at the only meeting Kyle Ward's coverup committee had, (I knew y'all would be disbanded when the medical people started telling the truth) was the presentation by the director of Children's Hospital was that they had had 5 close calls up until last May. Since this surge has started we've already doubled that number in ICUs. I'm wondering how many times we can go to that well before someone shows up late of misjudges a turn for the worse.

Our local county response is literally described in Tennessee code as criminal negligence. As long as out of town wrestling fans dominate the comments on the Mayor's facebook pages though, well, everything looks peachy.

fischbobber's picture

The weekend data.

It looks like our state data was backlogged and running behind. Is this a pre-adjustment or adjusted figure?

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee was dove hunting.

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Doesn't seem pro-life to downplay what's happening

Even at the lowest point between outbreak peaks, around early July, there were about 300 COVID deaths per day in the U.S. Being unnecessary and preventable, even this minimum number represents about the same number of deaths as 2-1/2 jetliners falling out of the sky every day. Now it's about as many as 10 jetliners crashing every day. Who would be okay with this?

Of course, the main point of the post is the collateral damage that's being done to the healthcare system. Workers are under stress and some are leaving as a result. They're exposed to more contagious patients and trying to care for people hopelessly dying. The system in many places is now inadequate for non-COVID care.

Kind of sucks if you have a poorly timed health emergency when MAGAs have kept the variants thriving. If vaccinations had reached herd immunity level required before delta, mu, lambda,, the virus would not have had pathways to mutate into more robust variants. Distancing and masks are part of the eradication requirement too, but hell, it's football time!!

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