Memphis COVID-19 overflow hospital closes without ever seeing a patient

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – The $51.3 million COVID-19 overflow hospital in Memphis has closed permanently.

The former Commercial Appeal building on Union Avenue was converted into a field hospital last year to relieve pressure on area hospitals in the event they became overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.

But it never saw a single patient. Another field hospital in Nashville also remained empty.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee says that’s a good thing.

“When early predictions pointed to a worst-case scenario of every state exceeding its COVID-19 patient capacity, we took immediate action in Tennessee to address the potential shortfall,” Lee said. “Tennessee’s

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Another Arkansas hospital reported full with COVID-19 cases

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark (KNWA/KFTA) – UAMS has just announced that its COVID-19 Unit is full, and accommodations need to be made to support additional cases.  

Chancellor for UAMS Dr. Cam Patterson said he is concerned and believes this third wave of COVID-19 is on track to be the deadliest wave in Arkansas. 

Monday, UAMS had 57 hospitalizations; Dr. Patterson said this is around the number they saw at the height of the last wave. 

While concerned is one of the adjectives Dr. Patterson used,

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New Jersey hospital network fires 6 supervisors for not getting vaccinated against COVID-19

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The employees had not received medical and religious exemptions or a deferral.

A New Jersey hospital network has fired a half-dozen high-ranking employees who refused to comply with a new policy requiring them to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

RWJBarnabas Health, one of the largest health care systems in the Garden State and in the nation, announced in May that it was mandating COVID-19 vaccination for all staff at the supervisory level and above, effective immediately. Those employees were required to have completed

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Arkansas hospitals seeing more kids hospitalized with COVID-19

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KARK) – As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations climb in Arkansas, the youngest in the Little Rock community is now being impacted. 

Arkansas Children’s Hospital said it has 11 patients hospitalized with COVID-19. Out of those 11, seven are in the ICU. 

“Right now, we have 7 patients in the ICU, 5 of them we know have COVID and 2 of them we suspect have COVID,” said Arkansas Children’s Hospital Chief of Infectious Disease Jessica Snowden. 

Snowden said about half of the patients are over the age

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Washington Regional doctor says many young parents with children are hospitalized with COVID-19

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A local Washington Regional doctor took to social media to attempt to convince more Arkansans to get vaccinated as many more young people are hospitalized with COVID-19. Dr. Michael Bolding said as of this morning, 82 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Northwest Arkansas hospitals. He said many patients are young parents.“I’ve had to call multiple fathers and mothers of preschoolers in their 20s and 30s and tell them their spouse may not survive,” Michael Bolding said in a Washington Regional video on Facebook.“Patients are ending up on ventilators, high flow oxygen and are extremely sick. Sicker than at any … Read the rest