Monday the state opened a new phase of vaccination, allowing those aged 65 and older to sign up.

The state also opened up vaccinations for teachers all over Tennessee, however Tipton County has been vaccinating its teachers since the new year.

Tipton County has 7.7 percent of residents who’ve received the first dose of the vaccine and 3.29 percent who are fully vaccinated.


Additionally this week the state has rolled out a new signup feature at It replaces the previously implemented online signup feature.

Atoka Kroger to administer vaccinations

Announced Wednesday, Atoka and Millington Kroger locations will be two of the 115 Kroger locations in Tennessee administering the vaccine. Appointments are available for selection after an eligibility survey is completed. Visit for more.

Deaths increase, cases on the decline 

Eleven months after the first confirmed case of COVID-19, Tipton County’s COVID deaths have reached triple digits.

On Wednesday, the 100th and 101st deaths were recorded with new data released by the Tennessee Department of Heath.

February has seen 19 deaths thus far, making it the second deadliest month to date.

January brought 26 deaths, topping November’s 16.

Otherwise, confirmed cases are on the decline and have been for several weeks.

On Wednesday, there were 10 new cases, bringing the cumulative total to 6,896. There were only 77 active cases, the lowest number of active cases since June 16, 2020.

In schools, there are currently 11 active cases.

Cases per capita have also decreased significantly to 12 per 100,000, the lowest number since Aug. 21.

Testing and vaccinations were on hold last week due to the severe winter weather and have resumed this week.

Echo Day
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