More than 3,000 new cases, 27 more deaths in Tennessee

More than 3,000 new cases, 27 more deaths in Tennessee
Coronavirus cases are skyrocketing in the U.S.

SHELBY CO., Tenn. (WMC) - The Tennessee Department of Health reports 3,344 new COVID-19 cases and 27 additional deaths Thursday.

The Volunteer State is nearing a total of 300,000 positive cases identified. The state’s total is now 296,725.

TDH also reports a total of 3,788 since the pandemic first began.

There are 1,749 Tennesseans in the hospital due to COVID-19 and 262,527 have recovered from the virus.

The Shelby County Health Department has identified 257 new cases and ten more deaths. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 41,125 coronavirus cases and 604 deaths have been reported.

There are currently 3,162 active COVID-19 cases in Shelby County.

Counties surrounding Shelby County have also seen COVID-19 cases rise. Here are the overall totals.

  • Tipton County, TN - 2,815
  • DeSoto County, MS - 8,430
  • Crittenden County, AR - 2,669

The county’s weekly positivity rate has increased each week over the last month. The most recent data available from the Shelby County Health Department shows a weekly positivity rate of 8.8%.

Shelby County Health Department Director Dr. Alisa Haushalter told the County Commission over the last few weeks we’ve averaged about 220-300 new COVID-19 cases a day. Nearly 700 new COVID-19 cases were reported from Monday, November 9 to Tuesday, November 10.

COVID-19 Positivity Rate in Shelby County
COVID-19 Positivity Rate in Shelby County (Source: SCHD)

County health experts are planning to see how Halloween and other upcoming holidays contribute to the fall surge of COVID-19 cases. Leaders from surrounding counties have asked residents to reschedule Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings this year.

Dr. Steve Threlkeld, an infectious disease specialist at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, said hospitalizations aren’t the highest of the pandemic, but they are also seeing an increase.

There are ongoing COVID-19 clusters at 15 long-term care facilities, many of which have experienced previous clusters. Hundreds of residents and staff members have contracted the virus since the pandemic arrived in the Mid-South.

Long-term care facilities with COVID-19 clusters
Long-term care facilities with COVID-19 clusters (Source: SCHD)

Ninety-two percent of the Mid-South’s regional acute care hospital capacity is currently utilized and 91% of ICU capacity is utilized as of November 11.

Health Resource Tracking System 11/12/2020
Health Resource Tracking System 11/12/2020 (Source: SCHD)

Increases in hospitalization have prompted warnings from Mid-South health officials.

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