Health Department begs people to safely celebrate New Years amid rising COVID-19 cases – FOX13 News Memphis


MEMPHIS, Tennessee – “Have a great time. You don’t have to stop living, ”said Dreunna Holland, who is visiting Memphis from Florida.

People are ready to celebrate the New Year.

But health experts are warning the public not to celebrate without caution.

“Please note that 50 percent, less than 50 percent of Shelby County is still unvaccinated,” said Dr. Michelle Taylor, of the Shelby County Department of Health.

She said the holiday season has been frustrating, with the number of COVID-19 cases reported.

The health ministry said it has seen the number of people in hospital and the number of COVID-19 cases double since last week.

However, people like Holland still want to enjoy the latter part of 2021, while they can.

“We go to the Memphis Zoo, we go to the National Civil Rights Museum, and have a great time on Beale Street, that’s it,” Holland said.

And they are aware of the risk, but they have come prepared to do their part.

“We have been wearing the masks all the time, we have hand sanitizers, we are vaccinated,” Lacarra Brown said.

Either way, we’re going to be entering a new year with COVID-19, but health experts have said there is an opportunity to capitalize.

“If you’re not vaccinated, whether it’s the day of the week or the New Year to change that,” Taylor said.


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