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Here is where you'll find updates as they happen about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and VUMC's preparations.

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Note that these blog posts are published in real time and are accurate as of the date posted (or updated as indicated).   

COVID-19 Hospitalizations for the week ending 2/19/22

  We're hopeful as the number of patients hospitalized with COVID continues to decline in our hospitals and across the state. Safety precautions, including being up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccines by getting a booster as soon as you're eligible, remain important as the CDC continues to categorize the transmission of COVID-19 in our region as "high".

COVID-19 Hospitalizations for the week ending 2/12/22

  We continue to be optimistic as the numbers of people with COVID-19 in our hospitals are down again this week. The positivity rate across Tennessee is still high, and we encourage everyone to continue with safety precautions, including being up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccines by getting a booster as soon as you're eligible.

COVID-19 Vaccinations Consolidated to 2 Central Locations

Effective Feb. 14, VUMC will consolidate locations where COVID-19 vaccines are available. This change will lessen the significant administrative burden of COVID-19 vaccine oversight required at each location while still providing easy COVID-19 vaccine availability at central VUMC locations. COVID-19 vaccination is available in many locations throughout our community as well.

COVID-19 Hospitalizations for the week ending 2/5/22

  We're cautiously optimistic to see the numbers of people with COVID-19 in our hospitals begin to decline slightly. The positivity rate across Tennessee is still high, and we encourage everyone to continue with safety precautions, including being up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccines by getting a booster as soon as you're eligible.

One Hundred Oaks and EPod Testing Sites to Close

As the demand for COVID-19 testing begins to decline, VUMC plans to close its COVID-19 testing location at One Hundred Oaks and in the "EPod" on the 21st Avenue campus. The last day of operation for each site is Sunday, Feb. 6.  VUMC employees who need COVID-19 tests should go to Occupational Health's Express Care or the Glenrose testing site after that date. Weekend hours will be added at the Glenrose location.

COVID-19 Hospitalizations for the week ending 1/29/22

  The number of patients in Tennessee hospitals who have COVID-19 remains high, at more than 3,500 across the state. While case counts and hospitalizations are starting to decline in other parts of the United States, they remain high in our region, continuing to stress our hospitals and clinics.

COVID-19 Hospitalizations for the week ending 1/22/22

Our weekly COVID-19 hospitalization graphic shows continued high numbers, and case counts across the state continue to increase. About 1 in 5 of our beds is filled with someone who is COVID positive. Even if a patient has mild or no symptoms of COVID, this still stresses hospital teams because of increased infection control requirements.

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