Health officials worried about COVID-19 testing drop with increased vaccination efforts – FOX13 News Memphis

Health officials worried about COVID-19 testing drop with increased vaccination efforts - FOX13 News Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tennessee – Nationwide, COVID-19 vaccination efforts are ramping up, but the number of tests is declining.

Health officials noticed a similar trend here in the Mid-South and said it was concerning, especially since more variations appear in Tennessee and across the country.

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“Testing is a central part of trying to get us back to our usual life that we used to know because it will reduce the number of cases,” said Dr Manoj Jain, infectious disease consultant for the COVID-19 Joint Task Force.

The Shelby County Health Department said there were around 17,000 community-based COVID-19 tests site appointments available this week only.

A spokeswoman said that was the stable number of test appointments for several months.

“The lowest…

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