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Ivermectin fans gain powerful advocates despite no proof it fights COVID

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More nurses are quitting their jobs to try a lucrative stint as a traveling nurse

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A Hispanic church in Tennessee is grieving the loss of its charismatic founder

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ECMO is the highest level of life support — beyond a ventilator, which pumps oxygen via a tube through the windpipe into the lungs. Instead, the ECMO process basically functions as a heart and lungs outside of the body — routing the blood via tubing to a machine that oxygenates it, then pumps it back into the patient. Blake Farmer/Nashville Public Radio hide caption

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Across The COVID-Ravaged South, High-Level Life Support Is Difficult To Find

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COVID-19 Surge Overwhelms Large Medical Centers In Southern States

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center bought the hospital in Lebanon, Tenn., from Community Health Systems in 2019, but the latter is still suing former patients over unpaid medical bills. Blake Farmer/WPLN hide caption

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A Health Care Giant Sold Off Dozens Of Hospitals — But Continued Suing Many Patients

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The Vaccination Rate Against COVID-19 Varies From State To State

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Why Are Southern States Lagging In Vaccinations?

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Tennessee Aims To Close Racial Gap Over COVID-19 Vaccination Rate

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States Struggle To Administer Their Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccines

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Examining COVID-19 Cases In Hard-Hit Wisconsin, Missouri, Tennessee

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A woman recovering from fever linked to COVID-19 checks medications in her home in Mineola, N.Y., this spring. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Nearly Two-Thirds Of U.S. Households Struck By COVID-19 Face Financial Trouble

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U.S. Reaches COVID-19 Milestone: Death Toll Is Over 200,000

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As COVID-19 Vaccine Trials Move At Warp Speed, Recruiting Black Volunteers Takes Time

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Some cities, such as Washington, D.C. are offering free coronavirus testing for people who've attended protests. Where free tests aren't available, some people may find insurance refuses to cover precautionary testing. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Insurers May Only Pay For Coronavirus Tests When They're 'Medically Necessary'

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