Tennessee reports 957 cases of COVID-19 with 3 deaths; Shelby County has nearly 200 cases

Tennessee reports 957 cases of COVID-19 with 3 deaths; Shelby County has nearly 200 cases
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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - The Tennessee Department of Health is reporting nearly 1,000 cases of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

Of the 957 confirmed cases in Tennessee, three people have died, according to the state health department.

Shelby County health officials report 198 cases locally, which is higher than the state’s case count for the county. Health department officials attribute the discrepancy to a lag in reporting. They’re working on a plan to address the discrepancy in the future.

According to the Tennessee Department of health, most confirmed cases are among people 21 to 30.

  • 0 to 10 -- 13
  • 11 to 20 -- 56
  • 21 to 30 -- 260
  • 31 to 40 -- 161
  • 41 to 50 -- 151
  • 51 to 60 -- 141
  • 61 to 70 -- 96
  • 71 to 80 -- 56
  • 80+ -- 16
  • Pending -- 7

Officials with the Shelby County Health Department said Wednesday 38% of the cases in the county are individuals between 21 and 40 years of age. Of those diagnosed in Shelby County, 74% are younger than 61.

On Tuesday, the health department issued a public health directive for Shelby County that mimics “safer-at-home” orders previously issued by mayors across the county. SCHD officials said it’s an attempt to control community spread and prevent overwhelming the health care system.

Shelby County health officials believe 21- to 40-year-olds are driving the local spread of COVID-19.

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Other counties in the Mid-South with confirmed cases include:

  • Crittenden (Arkansas) -- 7
  • Coahoma (Mississippi) -- 17
  • DeSoto (Mississippi) -- 49
  • Lafayette (Mississippi) -- 10
  • Marshall (Mississippi) -- 7
  • Panola (Mississippi) -- 4
  • Tate (Mississippi) -- 6
  • Tunica (Mississippi) -- 3
  • Dyer (Tennessee) -- 2
  • Fayette (Tennessee) -- 3
  • Tipton (Tennessee) -- 8

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