Thursday, May 26, 2022

COVID-19

 

TSD’s ongoing coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Presented in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee.

The COVID-19 virus and its variants continue to dominate international, national and local news as a top news story some 20 months after the pandemic began to severely impact how people went about their daily lives. Locally, The New Tri-State Defender (TSD)...
All three approved COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. – Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson – are now safe for booster shots, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). So, on Oct. 21, I took the Johnson...
The death of Colin Powell from complications of COVID-19 on Monday (Oct. 18) was shocking news, while giving anti-vaxxers an opening to question the efficacy of the COVID vaccines.   Powell, 84, the first African-American U.S. Secretary of State and a...
In mid-August, Rosetta Wilson began to feel sick. She stayed in and rested, hoping whatever it was would pass. By Aug. 28, she was having trouble breathing and her sister called for the paramedics to rush her to the hospital. “Rosetta...
Tennessee made it to the top of a list no state wants to top, totaling more new cases per capita as the coronavirus – particularly its Delta strain – maintains its life-altering grip. As of Tuesday, one in every 81...
Mask-wearing members of a marching band, an honorary street-sign unveiling and a COVID-19 milestone for infections in Tennessee are part of the mix that reflects public and private resolve to get through the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency. The Tennessee...
One Tennessee lawmaker is enacting a time-honored strategy that has served the African-American community in times of trouble – calling on religious leaders as “trusted messengers” to rally their congregations to action. “Our people have been inundated with lack of...
Tennessee state Rep. Antonio Parkinson D-Memphis) has been a vaccine hold-out. But on Wednesday (Aug. 18), Parkinson took his first shot of the Pfizer vaccine. “LaTonya, do I get a lollipop?” he asked Dr. LaTonya Washington, chief medical officer for...
Greater Memphis’ relationship with the COVID-19 virus mostly continued to deteriorate this week, with suggestions that even worse may be ahead depending upon decisions about how to slow the spread and individual adherence to any such measures. On Wednesday, Shelby...
Gone for a month, the televised briefings of the Memphis and Shelby County Joint COVID-19 Task Force are back, signaling a move in the wrong direction regarding the community’s fight against the coronavirus. “We stopped these briefings about one month...