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Health officials report 1,437 new coronavirus cases, 22 new deaths in Tennessee

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) – The Tennessee Department of Health is reporting 1,437 new COVID-19 cases statewide with an increase of 22 deaths.

timeline: COVID-19 in Tennessee as of Sept. 26

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COVID-19 in Tennessee as of Sept. 26

The department says there are now 190,891 total cases with 183,856 confirmed and 7,035 probable. The death toll has hit 2,374 with 739 hospitalizations in the Volunteer State.

According to TDH, 174,044 Tennesseans have recovered from the virus.

The Shelby County Health Department is reporting more than 100 new COVID-19 cases and 3 more coronavirus-related deaths.

After an increase of 122, there have now been

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Possible coronavirus exposure at Auburn restaurant, health officials say

An employee who worked at the Mesa Grande Taqueria restaurant in Auburn on Sunday, Sept. 20, has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to Cayuga County officials.

The employee worked from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the restaurant at 100 Genesee St., Auburn.

Anyone who was at the restaurant during that time should monitor for Covid-19 symptoms for 14 days from the date of exposure. That means the monitoring period lasts through Oct. 4.

The Auburn restaurant will be closed until 11 a.m. Monday, the restaurant posted on its Facebook page:

“We received news late yesterday evening that one of our staff members had a positive Covid-19 test,” the post read. “Due to concerns for our staff and customers’ safety, we will be closed this weekend until we receive further information from the NYS Health Department. We would like to let everyone know that this employee was not in

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Adventist Health Enhances Online Access for Both New and Existing Patients with Kyruus and Cerner Collaboration

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kyruus, the leader in provider search and scheduling solutions for health systems, and Cerner Corporation, a global healthcare technology company, today announced that Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving the West Coast and Hawaii, has enhanced its digital consumer access experience with integrated technology solutions from the two companies. Adventist Health has deployed Kyruus ProviderMatch® for Consumers both on its website and within its patient engagement solution, powered by Cerner technology, to help consumers find the right care and schedule appointments online.

Adventist Health serves more than 80 communities across California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington through a network of more than 23 hospitals, 290 clinics, and 4,500 providers. A long-time Cerner client, the health system recently engaged Kyruus to elevate its online access experience with more robust search capabilities and scheduling. Through a direct integration between Kyruus’ patient access technology and Cerner’s electronic

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Health officials encourage BikeFest attendees to get tested for COVID-19

The City of St. Louis Department of Health is encouraging anyone who went to an annual motorcycle event in the Lake of the Ozarks to be tested for COVID-19.

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BikeFest, that was held last week, brings more than 100,000 people to the area every year, according to a press release from the health department.

“We know that health and safety mitigation measures like wearing face coverings and social distancing have helped to slow and even reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the City of St. Louis,” said Dr. Fredrick Echols, acting director of health for St. Louis. “Media coverage of the event revealed very few people wearing masks or practicing social distancing.”

Motorcycle rally at Lake of the Ozarks



Since it appeared social distancing recommendations were not followed and face coverings are not mandated in the Lake of the

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Havas Health & You Launches Behind the Mask, a Global Research Initiative to Document Health Experiences During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Havas Health & You (HH&Y) announces the details of long-term global research project, Behind the Mask, a longitudinal, multi-armed study which focuses on documenting the ongoing evolution of health and wellness. This sector has seen dynamic shifts in the past years that have only been accelerated by C19. The project was launched in May, and contains both qualitative and quantitative arms, providing a direct and continuous window into the changing nature of the health industry, and exploring how medical care is delivered in the 21st century. 

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“We know that the health category has been changing at a rapid clip, and the global pandemic has acted as a major accelerant of some of those changes,” said Brian Robinson, Global Chief Strategy Officer at HH&Y. “The changes that were taking place prior to the pandemic were already posing unique challenges

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Letter from Iowa health care system may shed light on hospital bed availability in South Dakota

9/25/20 10 p.m. UPDATE: As of 10:00 p.m. Friday, wording of the letter on the Orange City Area Health System’s website changed. The paragraph that once said hospitals in Sioux Falls and Sioux City were at “full capacity” now reads: “Some of the more acute patients who would typically be transferred to larger hospitals (in Sioux Falls and Sioux City) are being cared for locally due to increased demand. Sioux Falls-area hospitals have assured Sioux County health systems that they continue to accept critical COVID-19 patients, and it is well within their ability to do so.Dakota News Now obtained a screenshot of the article before the change was made (see below.)

a bedroom with a bed and desk in a room: Hospital bed

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Hospital bed

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) – As of Friday, current COVID-19 hospitalizations in South Dakota remain at 194.

The South Dakota Department of Health is reporting that

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After doctors warn masks are still needed, Pinellas Commission stays the course

The Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday did not schedule a vote to repeal its mask ordinance after the heads of four local hospitals stressed that the safeguard has been essential in bringing coronavirus cases down from the summer peak.

Doctors from AdventHealth, Baycare, Community Health Centers of Pinellas and HCA also warned the preventative measure is needed because of the impending flu season, which could potentially be exacerbated with coronavirus in a scenario they called a “twindemic.”

Three weeks after the mask ordinance went into effect on June 23, the county’s daily caseload had reached an average of 330 new cases per day. It then reached a low of 64 in late August, and was at 77 as of last week, according to state data.

The doctors emphasized much is still being learned about the novel virus and pressed officials to stay the course.

“You have saved literally hundreds of

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Agile Therapeutics to Present at the Oppenheimer Fall Healthcare Life Sciences & MedTech Summit

PRINCETON, N.J., Sept. 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Agile Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: AGRX), a women’s healthcare company, today announced that Chairman and CEO Al Altomari will be virtually presenting at the Oppenheimer Fall Healthcare Life Sciences & MedTech Summit on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 3:20 PM EDT.

A live webcast of the presentation will be available in the Events and Presentations section of the Investor Relations page or by clicking here. The archived webcast will be available on the Company’s website for 30 days.

About Agile Therapeutics, Inc.Agile Therapeutics is a women’s healthcare company dedicated to fulfilling the unmet health needs of today’s women.  Our product candidates are designed to provide women with contraceptive options that offer freedom from taking a daily pill, without committing to a longer-acting method.  Our initial product, Twirla®, (levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol) transdermal system is a non-daily prescription contraceptive. Twirla

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ViiV Healthcare Announces New Research Report, “Here as I Am,” on Socio-Economic Forces Affecting Access to HIV Care for Latinx Gay and Bisexual Men

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ViiV Healthcare today announced findings from “Here as I Am: A Listening Initiative with Latinx Gay and Bisexual Men Affected by HIV,” which found that for Latinx men, including cis and transgender men, who have sex with men (MSM), navigating sexual and cultural identity amid social pressures poses significant challenges to accessing healthcare.

According to the report, Latinx communities in the US face many of the same challenges as other communities of color, including poverty, poor access to education, poor housing and unreliable or unsafe public transportation, all of which impact health outcomes for Latinx MSM. On top of this, anti-immigrant laws spread fear and insecurity that keep these men and their communities from utilizing life-saving services including healthcare. When they do attempt to access care, many experience fear, discrimination and rejection from service and clinics.

“Despite progress made to decrease HIV diagnoses in

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Health Department millage and school district bond on Saginaw County’s November 2020 ballot

SAGINAW, MI – Voters in Saginaw County will be asked to consider whether or not to approve multiple millages and proposals during the November general election.

Voters will decide the fate of a proposed millage that is the first of its kind in Saginaw County for the local Saginaw County Health Department. The millage is for 0.48 mills for 10 years to help provide funding for operational needs at the department. If approved, the millage is expected to raise $2,435,478 in its first year.

“The millage will allow us to sustainably and efficiently operate 1 to 2 mobile units to travel to out-county areas for back-to-school immunizations, COVID-19 testing, and flu shots as well as to enhance our services countywide beyond the walls of our building on Michigan Avenue,” Health Officer Chris Harrington said.

The millage aims to bridge a gap in decreased funding that the department says would leave

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