TDH reports over 1,300 new virus cases, active cases top 34K in Tennessee

11 more deaths, 270 new COVID-19 cases in Shelby County

The health department is making changes to help decrease wait times at the Pipkin Building

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,326 new COVID-19 cases and 103 additional virus-related deaths across the Volunteer State Monday.

There have been more than 729,000 cases in Tennessee since the beginning of the pandemic and the death toll is at 9,753.

TDH data shows active cases are topping 34,000 statewide and another 685,162 cases are considered inactive or recovered.

As of Monday afternoon, there are 1,562 Tennesseans hospitalized due to complications with the virus.

The Shelby County Health Department reported another drop in weekly test positivity rate Friday. It went from 12.1% last week to 9.7% this week.

The test positivity rate has seen a steady decline since a record 17.5% rate the last week of December.

Shelby County test positivity rate as of Jan. 28, 2021
Shelby County test positivity rate as of Jan. 28, 2021 (Source: SCHD)

The health department reported 270 new cases of COVID-19 Friday and 11 more deaths. The county has had 81,927 total cases and 1,252 deaths since the start of the pandemic. About 76,500 of those cases are now considered in active.

Shelby County administered nearly 941,000 tests.

As of Thursday, cases in surrounding counties are as follows:

  • Tipton 6,451
  • Desoto 18,239
  • Crittenden 4,975

According to the health department, 89% of acute care beds and 91% of ICU beds in the Mid-South are currently utilized.

SCHD is tracking ongoing clusters in the following long-term care facilities:

Ongoing LTC clusters as of Jan. 29, 2021
Ongoing LTC clusters as of Jan. 29, 2021 (Source: SCHD)

Within the Shelby County Division of Corrections, 149 inmates and 150 employees have tested positive for the virus. One person has died.

At the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Corrections, 287 detainees and 340 employees have tested positive. One employee died.

Shelby County vaccine update as of Jan. 29, 2021
Shelby County vaccine update as of Jan. 29, 2021 (Source: SCHD)

Vaccinations continue for people in the 1a1 and 1a2 groups as well as people 75 and older.

First doses are being distributed at the Pipkin Building, 940 Early Maxwell Blvd. Click here to set an appointment. Do not arrive more than an hour before your appointment time.

Second doses of the Moderna vaccine are being administered at Appling Emissions Station, 2355 Appling City Cove. Click here to set an appointment.

Next week, Germantown Baptist Church, 9450 Poplar Ave., will also serve as a second dose location. Click here to set an appointment.

Please call 901-222-SHOT (7468) for more information.

Supplies remain limited.

So far, Shelby County has administered 54,860 vaccines as of Friday. That includes 41,287 first doses and 13,573 second doses.

Click here to add your name to “VaxQueue,” a Shelby County waitlist for the vaccine.

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