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It was a lucky day for a tortoiseshell cat that was brought to the Washington County C. C. Porter Animal Shelter about a year ago. When Lena Wright, 34, heard that the cat had given birth to kittens that did not survive, she wanted to help. The foster mom took the grieving cat to her home to nurture and comfort her.

Cases of COVID-19 in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia have been rising steadily since September and are now higher than ever. Local health systems and hospitals are stressed and with the arrival of flu season, public and private health officials say it’s possible to both decrease community spread of COVID-19 and ensure that Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia experiences a mild flu season. However, steps need to be taken now by everyone.

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