Just how dangerous is the pandemic? Local health leaders weigh in

WATCH: Local health experts weigh in on the severity of the pandemic

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Shelby County is feeling the impact of the Fall surge of COVID cases. This week the county set a record for the most cases in a single day and the highest seven-day average of new cases since the pandemic started.

“Everybody in healthcare is pleading over the Thanksgiving holiday to be sensible,” said Steve Threlkeld, MD/ Baptist Infectious Disease Specialist.

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Businesses are bracing for new restrictions after they inched closer and closer to local tripwires. Doctor Threlkeld rated where we are in the pandemic on a scale of one to 10 as a seven, closer to an eight. He urges all of us not to play with fire.

“I’ve said to patients: you can put on a blindfold and walk across the expressway and make it. Just because you make it. Doesn’t mean you should do it,” said Threlkeld.