Tennessee reports nearly 5K new COVID-19 cases, 84 more deaths

Health dept. reports 548 new COVID-19 cases, 31 more deaths in Shelby Co.

Memphis and Shelby County COVID-19 Joint Task Force briefing, Jan. 14

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Tennessee recorded nearly 5,000 new COVID-19 cases Thursday. With 4,983 new cases, the state’s case count since the start of the pandemic is now 670,482.

The Tennessee Department of Health also reported 84 additional deaths, bringing the death toll to 8,232.

Thursday’s data is based on 24,216 tests with a 17.08 percent positivity rate.

Currently, there are 65,367 active cases in Tennessee. Nearly 3,000 people are hospitalized with complications.

Vaccine distribution continues across the state. As of Monday, 271,575 Tennesseans have received vaccinations. Less than 2 percent of Shelby County residents have received their first dose, according to data from TDH.

The Shelby County Health Department reported 548 new coronavirus cases and 31 COVID-19 deaths across the county Thursday. The health department said the deaths occurred between Dec. 2 and Jan. 11.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 76,000 coronavirus cases and 1,093 deaths have been reported across Shelby County. There are currently 7,004 active coronavirus cases, and 2,702 contacts have been identified within the last 14 days countywide.

The health department resumed administering COVID-19 vaccines Tuesday at the Pipkin Building. If you don’t already have an appointment you’ll have to wait because all appointments for January are filled.

In Shelby County, the safer-at-home order issued in Health Directive No. 16 remains in effect until 11:59 p.m. Jan. 22. Click here for details on the directive.

Safer-at-home Health Directive in Shelby Co.
Safer-at-home Health Directive in Shelby Co. (Source: SCHD)

Starting Dec. 29, officials can issue a $50 civil fine to owners of businesses in violation of the health directive and/or the county face mask directive. Commissioner Van Turner told WMC Action News 5 this was voted on and approved during a special meeting among Shelby County leaders last week.

The weekly test positivity rate is 17.3% - which is the highest recorded since the beginning of the pandemic. SCHD said the testing positivity rate is the percentage of all tests conducted that are found to be positive.

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

As of Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 5:00 pm, 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 has identified four zip codes with the highest COVID-19 case rates per 100,000 population.

Shelby County total COVID-19 Case Rate per 100,000 population
Shelby County total COVID-19 Case Rate per 100,000 population (Source: SCHD)

About 60% of the coronavirus cases in Shelby County are below the age of 44. At this time, 31,400 African-Americans have COVID-19 in Shelby County.

Around 80% of coronavirus deaths in Shelby County had a cardiac condition, and 89.2% of COVID-19 deaths were people above the age of 55.

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

Shelby County COVID-19 - Jan. 10
Shelby County COVID-19 - Jan. 10 (Source: WMC)
Long-term care facilities with completed COVID-19 clusters
Long-term care facilities with completed COVID-19 clusters (Source: SCHD)

Here’s a look at coronavirus cases across the Shelby County Division of Corrections.

Inmates/employees with COVID-19 cases in the Department of Corrections
Inmates/employees with COVID-19 cases in the Department of Corrections (Source: SCHD)
Detainees/corrections employees with coronavirus cases in Shelby Co.
Detainees/corrections employees with coronavirus cases in Shelby Co. (Source: SCHD)

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