TDH: Current COVID-19 hospitalizations nearing 3,000 in Tennessee

More than 300 new COVID-19 cases, 8 more deaths reported in Shelby Co.

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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - The Tennessee Department of Health reported 3,712 new coronavirus cases across Tennessee with the addition of 76 deaths Monday.

There are over 77,600 active cases in Tennessee and 483,525 cases reported recovered/inactive.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Tennessee has seen 567,792 total cases and 6,588 virus-related deaths.

COVID-19 hospitalizations are also steadily rising with 130 new patients admitted within the last 24 hours -- there are nearly 3,000 Tennesseans currently hospitalized due to complications with the virus.

The Shelby County Health Department reported 305 new COVID-19 cases and eight new deaths on Monday. There are currently 6,761 active COVID-19 cases according to SCHD.

The weekly test positivity rate is 12.3%. SCHD said the testing positivity rate is the percentage of all tests conducted that are found to be positive.

COVID-19 Test Positivity Rate
COVID-19 Test Positivity Rate (Source: SCHD)

As of Wednesday Dec. 23, hospital capacity was still limited with 92% of acute care beds and 95% of ICU beds currently utilized.

Healthcare Resource Tracking System
Healthcare Resource Tracking System (Source: SCHD)

The Shelby County Health Department released a map showing zip codes with the highest COVID-19 case rate per 100,000 population. Five zip codes have the highest coronavirus cases countywide.

Map of COVID-19 cases in Shelby County
Map of COVID-19 cases in Shelby County (Source: SCHD)

More than 26,400 of the coronavirus cases countywide are Black/African-American. 59% of coronavirus deaths in Shelby County are African American.

About 60% of COVID-19 cases in Shelby County are below the age of 44, and 89.5% of COVID-19 deaths are above 55 years old.

Below is a list of ongoing and completed clusters at long-term care facilities. A COVID-19 cluster is considered completed once a facility has gone 28 days without a new case.

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

Here is the most recent testing and case information provided by the Shelby County Division of Corrections and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Corrections.

Inmates/corrections employees with COVID-19 in Shelby Co.
Inmates/corrections employees with COVID-19 in Shelby Co. (Source: SCHD)
Shelby County Sheriff's Corrections reports 269 COVID-19 cases in inmates, 291 cases in employees.
Shelby County Sheriff's Corrections reports 269 COVID-19 cases in inmates, 291 cases in employees. (Source: WMC)

This new data comes as a new health directive takes effect in Shelby County, and as vaccinations continue across the Mid-South.

As of Tuesday, Dec. 22, a total of 24,236 vaccinations were reported in Shelby County. On that same day, 6,459 new vaccinations within the last 24 hours were reported.

About 0.3% of Shelby County’s population has received the first dose of the vaccine.

To view more data about vaccines in Tennessee, click here.

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