TDH reports over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases in Tennessee

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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,347 new COVID-19 cases Sunday with 31 virus-related deaths statewide.

Tennessee has had 757,418 total cases and 10,933 deaths since the start of the pandemic. About 722,598 of those cases are now considered inactive.

Shelby County Health Department reported 180 new COVID-19 cases Sunday with one virus-related deaths countywide.

Shelby County has had 86,250 total cases and 1,440 deaths since the start of the pandemic. About 81,866 of those cases are now considered inactive.

The county has also administered more than 997,000 coronavirus tests.

COVID-19 vaccines planned to be administered by the Shelby County Health Department last week have been rescheduled due to inclement weather. Appointments scheduled for Thursday, February 11, and Friday, February 12 will be rescheduled to Thursday, February 18, and Friday, February 19.

We are working to see if the health department plans on making more changes to appointments due to weather in the coming days.

Shelby Co. reschedules vaccine appointments
Shelby Co. reschedules vaccine appointments (Source: SCHD)

Along with a presumptive positive UK variant of COVID-19 in Shelby County, there’s also a presumptive positive for the Brazilian strain in Shelby County. Both are currently under investigation and has not been officially confirmed.

At this time, more than 95,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered by the Shelby Co. Health Dept. Of those doses, more than 70,000 people have been given at least one dose and two doses have been given to at least 25,500 people.

Coronavirus vaccines are now available to those ages 70 and up in Shelby County.

Vaccinations continue for people in the 1a1 and 1a2 groups as well. Click here to read who is eligible, how to sign up and where to get your vaccine. Supplies remain limited.

Call 901-222-SHOT (7468) for more information.

Shelby Co. COVID-19 vaccine information
Shelby Co. COVID-19 vaccine information (Source: SCHD)

According to the health department, the test positivity rate has dropped to 7.4 percent. This rate has been dropping over the past few weeks. Health officials say the testing positivity rate is the percentage of all tests conducted that are found to be positive.

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

Shelby County COVID-19 - Feb. 14, 2021
Shelby County COVID-19 - Feb. 14, 2021 (Source: SCHD)

Within the Shelby County Division of Corrections, 176 inmates and 163 employees have tested positive for the virus. One person has died.

At the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Corrections, 287 detainees and 349 employees have tested positive. One employee died.

Free coronavirus testing will be offered at Latino Memphis on February 19, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Latino Memphis is located at 6041 Mt. Moriah Road, Memphis, TN 38115.

Only 150 tests will be available and you must be five years old or older to be tested.

Latino Memphis COVID-19 testing
Latino Memphis COVID-19 testing (Source: SCHD)

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