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A Nashville court has given Tennessee election officials until the end of business Friday to follow an order handed down a week ago related to absentee voting during the pandemic. And Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle expressed her frustration during Thursday’s hearing.

“Shame on you for not following that procedure and just taking matters into your own hands,” Lyle said.

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The Tennessee Supreme Court may be late to the Zoom craze, but the five justices donned their robes and held the state’s first live-streamed oral arguments on Tuesday, with three cases on the docket.

The high court began video recording proceedings nearly two years ago. And last month, the justices held arguments by video conference which were later posted online.

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Tennessee nurse practitioners hope looser regulations during the pandemic have shown they don’t need a medical doctor checking their work — often for a fee. They’ve battled mandatory chart reviews in the legislature for years.

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Tennessee dentists need some help restocking protective gear after they were asked to give it up to the National Guard. Dentists are now reopening their offices but running into the same shortages of masks, gloves and gowns seen nationwide.

“I think we thought — maybe erroneously — that there would be supplies that would come in, and it would be able to be redistributed in a pretty rapid fashion,” says Phil Wenk, CEO of Delta Dental of Tennessee, the largest dental insurance plan in the state.

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Pandemic modeling from Vanderbilt University finds Tennessee was able to drive down the COVID-19 transmission rate well ahead of the initial projections made on April 10. As a result, the number of people simultaneously hospitalized has plateaued below 300 statewide.

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The new coronavirus doesn't discriminate. But physicians in public health and on the front lines say that in the response to the pandemic, they can already see the emergence of familiar patterns of racial and economic bias.

In one analysis, it appears doctors may be less likely to refer African Americans for testing when they show up for care with signs of infection.

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Surgeons were already calling off some elective procedures as coronavirus patients threaten to stress hospitals in Tennessee. Now, surgeries deemed “non-essential” have been banned for nearly a month.

Gov. Bill Lee’s executive order was signed Monday. Most heart surgeries are exempt, so is cancer treatment. And of course, labor and delivery must go on.

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More than 2,000 doctors and nurses have now signed a petition encouraging Tennessee Governor Bill Lee to follow the city of Nashville and order residents to stay in their homes.

On Sunday, Lee did restrict bars and restaurants to only offering takeout. He also closed gyms. But he has not closed non-essential businesses.