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The Largest Selection of Wholesale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products in Memphis

When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Memphis, TN. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market – to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.

Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Memphis’s leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.

If you’re looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!

The Nazareth Difference

At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in Memphis. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it’s easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in Memphis, TN. We’re proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We’re here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.

Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:

  • Fresh Breads
  • OlivesOlives
  • HummusHummus
  • CheesesCheeses
  • SaucesSauces
  • Savory-FoodsSavory Foods
  • DessertsDesserts
  • DrinksDrinks
  • HookahsHookahs
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • SaucesGifts
  • Much More!Much More!

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Most Popular Wholesale Mediterranean Foods

There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That’s why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.

Mediterranean countries include:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Spain

So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Memphis,
what are we talking about?

Feta Cheese

Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.

Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush

This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.

Baklava

Baklava

If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in Memphis, TN, you won’t want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!

Most Popular Wholesale Middle Eastern Foods

Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it’s no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.

Tabbouleh

This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It’s best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party – you’re almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.

Shawarma

Shawarma

We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason – this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Memphis, TN.

Hummus

Hummus

Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That’s because it’s considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

If there’s one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.

Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you’re looking to make some positive changes in your life, this “diet” is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.

So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures’ foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Reduced Risk
of Heart Disease

Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.

Reduced Risk of Stroke for Women

Reduced Risk
of Stroke for Women

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke – especially women who were at high risk of having one.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery – we’re always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.

Try these tips:

Try these tips

1.

Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It’s refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.

2.

Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn’t have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.

3.

Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don’t start with meats and sweets.

4.

They’re tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.

5.

Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.

6.

Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.

Why Buy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products Wholesale?

Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you’re essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That’s great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.

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How to spot signs of and report elder abuse

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A FOX13 report about allegations of abuse and neglect at a Memphis rehabilitation center and nursing home continues to turn up more claims.The number of responses our newsroom has gotten is shining a light on elder abuse and how often it can happen.Chassity Taylor, the elder care coordinator for the Family Safety Center in Memphis, estimates only one in 10 cases of elder abuse ever get reported.“Unfortunately, it’s one of those types of abuse that goes unreported,” she said....

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A FOX13 report about allegations of abuse and neglect at a Memphis rehabilitation center and nursing home continues to turn up more claims.

The number of responses our newsroom has gotten is shining a light on elder abuse and how often it can happen.

Chassity Taylor, the elder care coordinator for the Family Safety Center in Memphis, estimates only one in 10 cases of elder abuse ever get reported.

“Unfortunately, it’s one of those types of abuse that goes unreported,” she said.

Elder abuse often goes on behind closed doors. That’s why Taylor is working to bring it into the light.

“Elder abuse is willful harm to a senior that involves anything as far as physical abuse, emotional abuse, financial as well as sexual abuse,” she said.

If you have a loved one in a nursing home or another caretaker, Taylor said it’s important to be aware of the warning signs of abuse.

“Pay attention to any kind of major weight loss that may occur. You can also look to see if there’s bruises, any broken bones and if you get reports of unknown falls and no one knows how it happened,” she said.

If your loved one suddenly seems withdrawn or distant, Taylor said that can also be an indicator something is wrong.

But the pandemic may make these signs harder to spot.

“There’s more isolation, so it’s less likely they’re going to have that interaction so you’re not going to notice things like you would have prior to the pandemic,” Melanie Keller, the president of Meritan, which provides senior care in Memphis said.

Even if you can’t visit your loved one in person, Keller said nursing homes should have a policy in place where you can visit by video chat.

She said you also should check to see if a facility is licensed.

“Licensed means they are running background checks on people and the department of health is coming in and has some oversight,” Keller said.

If you suspect any form of abuse may be going on inside a nursing home, both women said to err on the side of caution and report it.

“You could be saving someone’s life,” Taylor said. “You could definitely be preventing future harm.”

There are several ways you can report suspected elder abuse in Tennessee, by phone or online through adult protective services or the Tennessee Department of Health.

You can call Adult Protective Services at 888-APS-TENN (888-277-8366).

The Tennessee Healthcare Facilities complaint line is 877-287-0010

The Tennessee Long Term Care Ombudsman number: 877-236-0013

The Family Safety Center and Meritan in Memphis can also help you.

You can reach Mertian at (901) 766-0600 and the Family Safety Center at (901) 222-4400.

In response to FOX13′s investigation and at our request for a statement, Signature HealthCARE, the company we have been reporting on, sent us the following comment.

Signature HealthCARE’s top priority is our residents health and well-being. Accordingly, we take the hiring and training of our staff very seriously – from the moment they walk in the door, and continually throughout their career with us. We also:

· Conduct background checks on all staff hires, as well as check them against any elder abuse charges in the national database

· Provide resident care and abuse education on an ongoing basis

· Have a 24/7 call line available for families to inquire about their loved ones care – at any time, day or night

· Make the Ombudsman/State information available to anyone to report concerns to have an external agency investigate

Our Signature HealthCARE of Primacy facility has met and continues to meet all state and federal requirements for nursing homes. In fact, Signature HealthCARE of Primacy’s Reputation.com score is among the top in the industry and the facility has a 3 star CMS rating and a 4 star Google rating.

We strongly encourage all of our families to contact us, at any time, with concerns they have. As mentioned above, our 24/7 call line, called the CAREline, is available to all our families from the beginning. Unfortunately, FOX 13 is reporting on families who chose to use the media, instead of continuing the lines of communication with us, which we hold as a priority in the care and relationship with our residents and families. We hope they will call and talk to us – we’d welcome the opportunity to listen.

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Memphis Returns to FedExForum Thursday Night against SMU

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Memphis Tigers look to rebound from a buzzer-beater loss in their last outing, as SMU heads to FedExForum Thursday night for Memphis' first home game in 11 days. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. on ESPN2.The Tigers dropped a 72-71 heartbreaker at the buzzer at East Carolina Saturday afternoon for their second-straight loss after winning three-in-a-row.Landers Nolley II and ...

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Memphis Tigers look to rebound from a buzzer-beater loss in their last outing, as SMU heads to FedExForum Thursday night for Memphis' first home game in 11 days. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. on ESPN2.

The Tigers dropped a 72-71 heartbreaker at the buzzer at East Carolina Saturday afternoon for their second-straight loss after winning three-in-a-row.

Landers Nolley II and Jayden Hardaway were new additions to the injury report and missed the East Carolina game. Now seven different Tigers, Emoni Bates, Jalen Duren, Alex Lomax, Earl Timberlake, DeAndre Williams, Nolley II and Hardaway, have missed at least one game this month due to injury. Counting Chandler Lawson, who has been out with injury since November, the Tigers have not played with a full complement of scholarship players available since Nov. 24 against Virginia Tech. Just three Tigers, Tyler Harris, Josh Minott and Lester Quinones, have played in all 16 Tiger games this year.

SMU enters the game in second place in the AAC standings at 4-1, one-half game behind 4-0 Houston. The Mustangs are 13-4 overall on the season and have won 10 of their last 11 games, with the only loss coming at Cincinnati on Jan. 6. SMU is led by Kendric Davis, the AAC's leading scorer at 21.1 points per game, which also ranks 10th in the NCAA. He is also top-five in the conference in free throw percentage, field goal percentage, assists, 3-pointers made and assist-to-turnover ratio.

Thursday's game is a matchup of two of the conference best offenses. Memphis ranks second in the league in scoring at 77.0 points per game, and SMU is right behind at 76.9 per contest. SMU also leads the AAC in 3-pointers made and 3-point percentage, with three players averaging at least 1.9 triples per outing.

The Memphis coaching staff has two people with ties to SMU. Assistant coach Larry Brown went 94-39 as head coach at SMU for four seasons from 2012-16, including the Mustangs' first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1993 in 2014-15. Additionally, Memphis assistant to the head coach Shawn Forrest was an assistant coach at SMU under Tim Jankovich for three seasons from 2016-19, which included SMU's 30-5 2016-17 campaign.

After Thursday's game, the Tigers head to Tulsa Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. That game will conclude a stretch of three road games in Orlando, Greenville, N.C., and Tulsa that covers approximately 2,000 miles. Memphis then returns to FedExForum to host East Carolina on Thursday, Jan. 27.

Thursday's game is presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.

GAME DETAILS Memphis Tigers (9-7, 3-3 AAC) vs. NR/RV SMU Mustangs (13-4, 4-1 AAC) Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022 | 6 p.m. CT FedExForum (18,400); Memphis, Tenn. Television: ESPN2 (Kevin Brown, pxp; Jon Crispin, analysis) Radio: 98.9 THE ROAR OF MEMPHIS (Dave Woloshin, pxp; Matt Dillon, analysis)

BY THE NUMBERS

THE LAST TIME OUT

NOTING THE OPPONENT

How to follow the Tigers: For complete information on Memphis Tiger Men's Basketball, visit www.GoTigersGo.com and follow the team's social media channels on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

5 Best Body Piercing in Memphis, TN

Below is a list of the top and leading Body Piercing in Memphis. To help you find the best Body Piercing located near you in Memphis, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.Memphis’ Best Body Piercing:The top rated Body Piercing in Memphis, TN are:Skin City...

Below is a list of the top and leading Body Piercing in Memphis. To help you find the best Body Piercing located near you in Memphis, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.

Memphis’ Best Body Piercing:

The top rated Body Piercing in Memphis, TN are:

Skin City Ink Memphis and Custom Airbrush Creations is an Expert Tattoo, Piercing, and Airbrush Studio. As professional artists, they love giving your tattoo, and airbrush desires their time, focus, creativity, and dedication. Tattoo & Piercing & Supplies & Airbrush Artistry Hours of Operations is Friday and Saturday: 3:00 pm – 12:00 am. Sunday and Monday: Scheduled Meeting Only for Tattoo and Piercing. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

Products/Services:

Tattooing, Piercing, Air Brushing

LOCATION:

Address: 1692 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104 Phone: (901) 433-9217 Website: www.skincityinkmemphis.com

REVIEWS:

“Amazing staff that does amazing work and the owners are very friendly and welcoming. I would recommend this place to anyone who is interested in getting a tattoo or piercing. I promise you won’t be disappointed.” – Jennifer T.

Trilogy was established in 1998, they continue to be a staple in the Memphis tattoo and piercing society, as well as a mainstay on the Highland Strip. Contained 7 tattoo artists and 2 piercing professionals, Trilogy strives to offer each individual a quality experience. All appointments require a non-refundable $75 deposit. Their shop minimum is $75 and their hourly rate is $120/hr. They are open Monday-Saturday from 11 am – 11 pm and on Sunday from 3 pm – 11 pm.

Products/Services:

Tattooing, Piercing

LOCATION:

Address: 530 S Highland St, Memphis, TN 38111 Phone: (901) 327-0404 Website: wwwtrilogymemphis.com

REVIEWS:

“Great service, great price, outstanding quality.” – Noah J.

Inked Memphis on Highland uses modern technology to create your work of art. Inked has acquired a perfect 100 health dept score 25 + times for tattoos and piercings. Inked piercers do everything they can to guarantee a comfortable piercing. With 25+ perfect 100 percent scores from the health department. They have set the conventional for the safest & cleanest shop in the country. Initiate with what you want to tell the world. Their tattoo artists and piercers create with you, for you. Finish with the best artistic experience ever. Anyone can know to use a tattoo machine. Only a genuine artist can make you a living piece of art. Their artists are simply amazing.

Products/Services:

Tattooing, Piercing

LOCATION:

Address: 565 S Highland St, Memphis, TN 38111 Phone: (901) 832-5999 Website: www.inkedmemphis.com

REVIEWS:

“INKED MEMPHIS is the best tattoo and piercing pot to go to in Memphis. Great service, great staff, clean and safe.” – Anico Q.

Claire’s is located at 4465 POPLAR AVE. SUITE 248 where they provide the best craze and the hottest styles at everyday deals. You’re going to enjoy their huge range of fashion, hair, beauty & tech accessories to give your personal style a little upgrade. You and your kids will also love their amazing variety of toys & collectibles. That’s right, they are a toy store too. They offer tons of brand-name toys like Ty, Pusheen, and more for hours of fun for your kids. Claire’s has pierced over 100 million ears and adding.

They have some of the finest ear piercing experts around. Visit Claire’s in MEMPHIS when you’re ready for new ear piercings now with an enhanced process to ensure a safe, clean & happy piercing.

Products/Services:

Ear Piercing, Birthday Party, In-Store Pickup

LOCATION:

Address: 4465 Poplar Ave Suite 248, Memphis, TN 38117 Phone: (901) 683-3270 Website: www.stores.claires.com

REVIEWS:

“Enjoyed the environment.” – Cheryl J.

Aurora Ink, Carter the Shop Manager has been tattooing for 5 years. He particularizes in all things artistry. Covers ups, Portraits, Lettering, etc. My artistry. He believes in his artwork. He actually draws. Most of his work if not all is freehand. Original pieces, he believes in originality and making each piece unique, and putting his own unique stamp on it. Rod, ever since he can remember drawing has come naturally to him. The older he got he felt he should be doing something with this raw talent.

Hence the beginning of tattooing. So he is 2 years into the industry. He would say his style is realism relating closely to how I look at life. He believes in attention to detail. Envy_Gyrl, the Shop Manager, believes her talent is to build and create. She is newly a Tattoo Model, Piercer, and Micro blader. She believes that you define your beauty. She is here to cheer you on and make that happen.

Products/Services:

Tattooing, Piercing

LOCATION:

Address: 3572 Kirby Pkwy, Memphis, TN 38115 Website: www.aurorainkstudio.com

REVIEWS:

“Got all three of my tattoos done here. Carter is professional and courteous and is a true artist that loves his craft. I am always happy with my results and won’t ever use anyone else. Highly recommend his parlor. Best tattoo artist ever.” – Nicole T.

Christian Brothers University offers alumni "free classes for life"

The benefit is offered as an alternative to the 25% discount that CBU undergraduate alumni currently receive for additional undergraduate coursework.MEMPHIS, Tenn. — All Christian Brothers University graduates, with either a bachelor's or master's degree, are now eligible to take one undergraduate or graduate course per academic year at no cost.According to a release, the new alumni benefit is offered as an alternative to the already existing 25% discount that CBU undergraduate alumni currently receive for additional unde...

The benefit is offered as an alternative to the 25% discount that CBU undergraduate alumni currently receive for additional undergraduate coursework.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — All Christian Brothers University graduates, with either a bachelor's or master's degree, are now eligible to take one undergraduate or graduate course per academic year at no cost.

According to a release, the new alumni benefit is offered as an alternative to the already existing 25% discount that CBU undergraduate alumni currently receive for additional undergraduate coursework they pursue at their alma mater, and that graduate alumni can apply to undergraduate or graduate courses — which will also be upgraded this summer to cover all coursework for all alumni.

“The Lasallian tradition has always been attached to an understanding that education has to the power to uplift individuals and their communities spiritually, ethically, and economically,” said Dr. Paul Haught, Vice President for Academics at CBU. “This new program is an innovation in our commitment to our graduates to reconfirm how strongly we believe in the transformative power of Lasallian education to benefit communities as a consequence of students’ lifelong learning.”

“We are partners for life with our students,” added David Archer, Interim President of CBU. “We are in it for the long haul. If our graduates need upskilling, feel called to a different career path, or if their employer wants them to move into a different area, CBU is there for them. We are ready to provide them with whatever educational opportunity that they need — maybe it’s an additional degree, maybe it’s a professional certification, maybe it’s just a class or two. They can count on us year after year, and these benefits are designed to make it easier to pursue their goals.”

The University also reserves the right to limit the number of free alumni courses that are available each year, and participation is constrained on a first-come, first-served basis. This benefit is not available for enrollment in classes for the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree program.

Alumni may choose to use the no-cost option or the 25% discount. Graduates who exercise the no-cost option will not receive the discount for any additional courses in that academic year.

The University also reserves the right to limit the number of free alumni courses that are available each year, and participation is constrained on a first-come, first-served basis. This benefit is not available for enrollment in classes for the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree program.

If you feel sick, "assume you have it" | What you need to know about the Omicron COVID-19 variant in the Mid-South

MEMPHIS, Tenn — As people head back to work and school after the holidays, COVID-19 cases continue to sweep through the Mid-South.Medical experts believe the numbers will continue to climb until the Omicron variant peaks. It is expected to peak in late January or early February, according to predictions.While case numbers are skyrocketing, doctors said the good news is that for most people, Omicron symptoms are not are as severe are previous variants."The nice part is it seems, as things are panning out across...

MEMPHIS, Tenn — As people head back to work and school after the holidays, COVID-19 cases continue to sweep through the Mid-South.

Medical experts believe the numbers will continue to climb until the Omicron variant peaks. It is expected to peak in late January or early February, according to predictions.

While case numbers are skyrocketing, doctors said the good news is that for most people, Omicron symptoms are not are as severe are previous variants.

"The nice part is it seems, as things are panning out across the world, to be a less dangerous virus. It is less likely that if a person gets it, they will get as sick as Delta. That's nice, but it's a lot more contagious," said Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Stephen Threlkeld.

Threlkeld said Omicron's symptoms include a sore throat, headache, general malaise, congestion, and fatigue. He added, if you feel crummy, assume you have COVID-19, because it is so prevalent in our area at the moment.

Just a year ago, on January 3, 2021, Shelby County's rolling 7-day average was 680 cases. A year later - January 3, 2022 - the seven-day average is 1,909 cases. During Delta, the seven-day average peaked at 860 on August 24, 2021.

Here is the @ShelbyTNHealth #COVID19 update for Monday, January 3, 2022. For more information, please visit https://t.co/SdCYWhYfGJ for access to the COVID-19 Data page. pic.twitter.com/fRvkvmpkJE

— Shelby County Health (@ShelbyTNHealth) January 3, 2022

Threlkeld said the case counts are higher than what is reported because they don’t include most people who have taken home tests, or have not taken a test at all.

"We are in one of those waves right now where it's a less severe infection, but it’s getting everyone right now, and that's still a problem for the moment we are in," said Threlkeld.

Threlkeld said the sheer number of cases and hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients are quickly rising.

For example, Threlkeld noted just a few weeks ago; there were only 11 patients at Baptist Memphis with COVID-19. As of Monday morning, there were 113.

Fortunately, Threlkeld said the number of hospitalizations and deaths is not going up as dramatically as the cases numbers.

If you feel sick, "assume you have it" | What you need to know about the Omicron COVID-19 variant in the Mid-South

"We want to see the hospitalizations and the deaths not follow the peak of cases, much as you would see in a common cold. In a common cold, you will see it sweep across the country, but you don't get the hospitalizations and deaths," said Threlkeld.

"It's the first time I've had COVID based on the symptoms, and I believe I had Omicron," said Sean Conway, a COVID-19 patient.

Conway said he had symptoms typical of Omicron, such as a bad headache, cough, congestion. His mother, who was not boosted, has had a more challenging time with the virus.

"She got sicker than me. Her cough lasted longer. She is still not sleeping well," said Conway.

Conway is feeling better and has recovered. His mother has not.

Threlkeld suggested because so many people have mild symptoms or are asymptomatic, if you feel sick, get tested.

"It is very difficult to know whether your symptoms are COVID or something else. So I think testing is so important. We don't want to expose others just because we think it is cold. Assume you have it," said Threlkeld.

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