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Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland tests positive for COVID-19

Commercial Appeal Memphis logo Commercial Appeal Memphis 9/11/2021 Katherine Burgess, Memphis Commercial Appeal
a man wearing a suit and tie: Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland at the Air National Guard 164th Airlift Wing prior to the arrival of Vice President Mike Pence for a rountable discussion about Operation Warp Speed on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. © Joe Rondone / The Commercial Appeal Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland at the Air National Guard 164th Airlift Wing prior to the arrival of Vice President Mike Pence for a rountable discussion about Operation Warp Speed on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland tweeted Friday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. 

Strickland, who is vaccinated, is experiencing mild congestion but otherwise is feeling well, he said. 

"I'm thankful for being vaccinated," Strickland tweeted. "...Over 90% of Memphians being hospitalized are not vaccinated. Please get your vaccine."

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He will be isolating and conducting city business electronically, he said. 

According to the CDC, some vaccine breakthrough cases like Strickland’s are expected, since no vaccine is 100% effective at preventing illness. However, the COVID-19 vaccine is an effective and critical tool in making illness less severe for those who are vaccinated and still get sick. The risk of infection, hospitalization, and death are all much lower in vaccinated compared to unvaccinated people.

New U.S. studies released Friday show the COVID-19 vaccines remain highly effective against hospitalizations and death.

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One study, which tracked over 600,000 COVID-19 cases in 13 states from April through mid-July, found that those who were unvaccinated were 4.5 times more likely than the fully vaccinated to get infected, over 10 times more likely to be hospitalized and 11 times more likely to die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

For a list of vaccine locations, visit https://covid19.memphistn.gov/

Katherine Burgess covers county government and religion. She can be reached at katherine.burgess@commercialappeal.com, 901-529-2799 or followed on Twitter @kathsburgess.

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