Doctors say Memorial Day weekend could bring small bump in COVID cases

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Doctors say if you’re fully vaccinated, life can start to get back to normal.

But for those who haven’t gotten a shot, doctors warn the risk of getting COVID-19 is still very high.

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More than 271,000 people are fully vaccinated in Shelby County which opens the door to more moments of normalcy like a packed Beale Street during Memorial Day weekend.

“A year ago we were really concerned about everyone being vulnerable to COVID and this year the risk is really with those who haven’t been vaccinated yet and that’s where the concern lies,” said Dr. Shirin Mazumder, infectious disease specialist at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.

She said she doesn’t anticipate a major COVID-19 surge but Mazumder said there could be a potential for a bump in new cases. The county averaged about 63 COVID cases daily over the holiday weekend.

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“We are seeing an increased number of cases in young individuals that are not yet vaccinated,” she said.

Dr. Mazumder said the county is moving in the right direction but she says the pandemic isn’t over yet.

“We still have some work to do in particular in getting those who are not yet vaccinated getting them to get their vaccines so we can create a safe environment for everyone,” she said.

Vaccination sites were closed for Memorial Day but they’ll be back open Tuesday.