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Group of Tennessee doctors turn attention to state legislature in push for mask mandate, AP reports

The group claims a statewide mandate is necessary in order to fight the outbreak of COVID-19 in Tennessee, according to the report.

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — A group of Tennessee doctors is turning their attention from Gov. Bill Lee to the state legislature in their push for a statewide mask mandate, according to a report from the Associated Press (AP).

AP said the doctors asked lawmakers for a mask mandate on the first day of the 2021 legislative session. The group claims a statewide mandate is necessary in order to fight the outbreak of COVID-19 in Tennessee, according to the report.

Additionally, the report says that more than 7,800 people in Tennessee have died from the virus and the Shelby County Health Department said vaccinations have resumed by appointment following the Tennessee Department of Health pledging to give the county 8,900 doses per week throughout January.

The AP said vaccinations in the county were halted the week of January 4 after it ran out of doses.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a plethora of information on how to protect yourself and other from the coronavirus.  

The virus can easily spread from person to person, so the CDC recommends you stay at least 6-feet apart from people not in your household. The virus is spread through respiratory droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breaths or talks, according to the CDC. Because of this, the CDC recommends you wear a cloth facemask when around others and in public. 

Additionally, the CDC recommends that you frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 

Symptoms to look out for include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, a sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea, according to the CDC. 

Click here to find more COVID-19 information from the CDC. 

If you suspect you have the coronavirus, you should seek out testing and self-quarantine. 

Click here to find more COVID-19 information from the Alabama Department of Public Health. 

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