CDC Says More than 20 Tennessee Counties Should Return to Wearing Masks

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued nationwide guidance on mask wearing as community COVID-19 spread levels increase, and included seven Tennessee counties in its assessment.

“COVID-19 Community Levels are a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data,” according to the CDC. “Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area.”

The top recommendation from the CDC for protection against the virus in high community spread level areas is to wear a mask. Other recommendations include staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, which the CDC recommends no matter the level of community spread, and says that “[a]dditional precautions may be needed for people at high risk for severe illness.”

Overall, the CDC now lists 24 counties in Tennessee as having high community spread levels.

Davidson County is the most densely populated county on the list of high community spread areas, as the BA.5 variant of the virus becomes dominant across the world.

However, rural counties in Tennessee are not immune to high community spread.

In fact, a cluster of counties in the western part of the state are being advised to mask up based on community spread level. Those counties include Carroll, Madison, Gibson, Henderson and several others in the surrounding area.

Shelby County, home to densely-populated Memphis, only has a medium community spread risk.

Controversial COVID-19 czar Dr. Anthony Fauci says the pandemic is alive and well, though he insinuated that the current variant, while more transmissible than others, is not as deadly.

“Even though we’re dealing with BA.5, we’re down to 300 deaths per day. That’s not acceptable. I’m not saying that’s good,” he said in a recent interview. “We should get much, much lower than that. But we’re not at 3,000 deaths per day.”

“The one thing we have to be careful of is that BA.5 is more transmissible than prior variants and it has a transmission advantage. If you look at the latest statistics, cases and hospitalizations are going up. It’s still something we need to be careful and pay attention to.”

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Pete D’Abrosca is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected]




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5 Thoughts to “CDC Says More than 20 Tennessee Counties Should Return to Wearing Masks”

  1. ww

    remove the first representatives/officials in Tennessee that start to respout this mask carp –
    Peter, another recent article today:

  2. ww

    yep – cdc controversy in full swing yet again – excellent article from January

  3. ww

    Don’t forget about the crooked Mayor’s office ( along with the crooked Nashville Health Dept ) should chime in soon. Strange that WZTV removed these bombshell articles from Sept 2020 after exposing the lies and deceit !

    the comments in these articles are quite informative also

  4. Steve Allen

    Right….masks do not prevent the spread of infection as has been PROVEN by numerous clinical studies. This is the first step to facilitating cheating in the mid-term elections by the use of unattended ballot drop boxes. Oh no, the dreaded virus is back! Even though it’s no more life threatening than the common flu. The current administration, the MSM, and the Left will milk it for all they can get. I’m so sick and tired off all their bulls**t.

  5. LM

    CDC has either become a twilight zone, or an agenda 21 propaganda machine. Big pharma also has them in their back pockets. The whole CDC organization needs to be scrapped, and the employees put on trial – either for medical incompetence if they are all really that stupid , or for intentionally lying if they are all really that corrupt.