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Cookeville Mental Health Pro Says Teens Suffering Since COVID

The latest report of the mental health of Tennessee Teenagers shows the ongoing impacts of the COVID shutdown, according to a local mental health expert. The Tennessee Coalition of Children and Youth reported increases in all categories of suicidal thoughts in Tennessee high schoolers. The study reported that nearly 30 percent of high schoolers said their mental health was not ... Read More »

CRMC ER Wait Times Trending Up Alongside COVID, Flu, RSV Numbers

CRMC, Cookeville Regional Medical Center

Wait times at Cookeville Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Room have trended longer with the extra volume due to flu, COVID, and RSV. White County EMS discussed the growing wait times for arriving ambulances at a County Steering Committee meeting this week. Cookeville Regional Emergency Department Director Samantha McLerran said wait times are constantly fluctuating, making them difficult to anticipate. “There ... Read More »

CRMC Sets Visitation Restrictions Amid COVID-19, Flu Spike

CRMC, Cookeville Regional Medical Center

Cookeville Regional Medical Center has implemented visitation restrictions due to surging flu and COVID-19 numbers. Infection Prevention Manager Stephanie Etter said COVID-19 hospitalizations have spiked some 60 percent in the last two weeks. Etter said starting Thursday, people under 16-years-old, and anyone showing signs of illness will not be permitted to visit the hospital. “If they do visit and they’re ... Read More »

Upper Cumberland Surpassed $45 Million In Grants In 2023, All Time High

The Upper Cumberland received a record-breaking $45 million in grant money this year. UCHRA Executive Director Mark Farley said that number does not include grants through private consultants, so the total amount is even higher. He said looking into the future to anticipate needs before they happen, has been key. “We sit between three metropolitan areas, Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga, ... Read More »

Putnam Seeing Rise In Poor Behavior Among Elementary School Students

Putnam County teachers seeing an increase in unruly behavior, something Director Of Schools Corby King said must be addressed by administrators and parents. King said students fail to listen, distract classmates, and experience physical outbursts, such as punching or kicking teachers. King said it’s happening more often in the aftermath of the pandemic. “Our younger students who just didn’t have ... Read More »

CDC Guidelines Still Recommend Five-Day Quarantine If COVID Positive

CRMC, Cookeville Regional Medical Center

COVID remains a steady presence in the Upper Cumberland. However, CRMC Infection Prevention Manager Stephanie Etter said¬† the hospital has seen a steady low average of hospitalizations. She said it is important to follow the CDC’s guidelines when testing positive in order to maintain that low number. “The CDC guidelines really haven’t changed that much over the last few months,” ... Read More »

New Omicron Subvarient Likely In The Upper Cumberland

A new COVID Omicron subvarient called Kraken is most likely already in the Upper Cumberland. Nashville Metro Public Health confirmed its first case last week. Upper Cumberland Medical Society President Dr. Brent Staton said the subvarient is highly contagious but not necessarily more dangerous. “The likelihood of it not being here is pretty slim considering if you look at the ... Read More »

CDC Lists Six UC Counties With High COVID Numbers

If you feel like you’ve heard more friends and neighbors contracting COVID in recent days, you are correct. The Centers for Disease Control reports Putnam, Clay, Jackson, Overton, Pickett and White Counties with high community COVID levels. The updated numbers released Thursday estimated 223 cases per 100,000 people in Putnam County. That number along with hospital admissions and the number ... Read More »

Upper Cumberland Experiencing Spike In COVID Cases

The rising number of COVID cases across the Upper Cumberland is a reason for some to bring back personal precautions. Dr. Brent Staton is the Upper Cumberland Medical Society President. He said for the last six weeks, the region has seen very few cases. Staton said a spike has recently occurred. “The significance of this spike from a medical standpoint ... Read More »

Educators Working To Get Students Re-Engaged Post-COVID

Educators across the Upper Cumberland have expressed difficulty getting students reengaged with school after COVID. Jackson County High School Principal Jason Hardy said that he has seen signs of disengagement in his students. He said that faculty and staff made it a priority to get kids back to a routine this school year. “We know that not just with COVID ... Read More »