TDH reports another 1,792 COVID-19 cases in Tennessee

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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,792 new COVID-19 cases Saturday with 9 more virus-related deaths statewide. The deaths reported today range from December 25, 2021, to February 3, 2021.

Tennessee has had 756,071 total cases and 10,902 deaths since the start of the pandemic. About 720,977 of those cases are now considered inactive.

Shelby County Health Department reported 263 new COVID-19 cases Saturday with 15 more virus-related deaths countywide. The deaths reported today range from December 25, 2021, to February 3, 2021.

Shelby County has had 86,070 total cases and 1,439 deaths since the start of the pandemic. About 81,866 of those cases are now considered inactive.

The county has also administered more than 994,000 coronavirus tests.

COVID-19 vaccines planned to be administered by the Shelby County Health Department this past 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.

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 94,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered by the Shelby Co. Health Dept. Of those doses, more than 69,500 people have been given at least one dose and two doses have been given to at least 25,100 people.

Coronavirus vaccines are now available to those ages 70 and up in Shelby County. The health department made this announcement last week during a task force briefing.

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. 13, 2021
Shelby County COVID-19 - Feb. 13, 2021 (Source: WMC)

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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