TDH reports highest 24-hour COVID-19 death increase in Tennessee

187 new COVID-19 cases, 5 more deaths reported in Shelby Co.

TDH reports highest 24-hour COVID-19 death increase in Tennessee
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SHELBY CO., Tenn. (WMC) - The Tennessee Department of Health reported the highest 24-hour COVID-19 death increase Wednesday with 89 additional deaths reported.

The previous record was 78 deaths within 24-hours reported on Oct. 30.

There are 3,632 new virus cases across Tennessee; the state has now seen more than 293,000 total cases.

According to numbers provided by TDH, there are currently over 30,000 active cases in the Volunteer State.

The Shelby County Health Department has reported 187 new coronavirus cases and five more deaths. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 40,868 COVID-19 cases and 594 deaths have been reported.

There are currently 3,200 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 - 2,791
  • DeSoto County, MS - 8,430
  • Crittenden County, AR - 2,630

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 Test Positivity Rate 11/11/2020
COVID-19 Test Positivity Rate 11/11/2020 (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 percent of the Mid-South’s regional acute care hospital capacity is currently utilized and 91% of ICU capacity is utilized as of November 9.

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

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

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