Tennessee reports 336 new cases of COVID-19, 7 new deaths; Shelby County has 845 cases and 19 deaths

Memphis still bracing for COVID-19 surge at hospitals

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - Tennessee’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 4,000.

The Tennessee Department of Health reports 4,138 cases as of Tuesday afternoon and 72 deaths -- an increase of 336 cases and seven deaths since Monday. There have been 408 hospitalizations and 466 people who have recovered.

So far, nearly 53,000 tests have been administered across Tennessee.

In Shelby County, there are now 845 confirmed cases and 19 deaths, according to the Shelby County Health Department. The health department explains the discrepancy in the state’s numbers as a reporting lag.

Gov. Bill Lee gives coronavirus update April 7

The health department says they opened contact investigations on all 845 cases, and 75% of the investigations are complete. About 1,300 contacts were put in quarantine.

“I know we are eager to get to the other side of this, but right now is not the time to be complacent. It’s the time to be vigilant,” said Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris.

Harris joined SCHD director Alisa Haushalter and other local leaders at the Memphis/Shelby County COVID-19 Task Force meeting Tuesday.

Harris says residents need to double down on their social distancing efforts to blunt the spread of the virus.

The task force is still bracing for as urge in the Memphis metropolitan area that could overwhelm area hospitals in a matter of weeks. The task force says Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee indicated the Memphis area should be prepared to add 1,000 hospital beds.

Memphis/Shelby County COVID-19 Task Force meeting April 7

A new model out Monday from the University of Washington showed Tennessee would have enough health care resources with use peaking April 15; however, city and county officials view the model with skepticism, saying Tuesday this is not the time to declare victory.

“What keeps me up about that model is that people will believe this is not as serious as was originally forecast,” said Doug McGowen, chief operating officer for the City of Memphis. “The model that was presented yesterday assumed 100 percent compliance with social distancing through the end of May. We all know that that is not occurring today, so that is the basis for us to re-examine that.”

Extra medical facilities like those at Gateway Shopping Center on Jackson Avenue will be used for COVID-19 patients who are not as sick. The new facilities must be close to the medical district where patients can be transported to intensive care if they become sicker.

Here’s a breakdown of cases by zip code across the Mid-South:

Shelby County coronavirus cases by zip code
Shelby County coronavirus cases by zip code (Source: Shelby County Health Department)

Here’s Shelby County coronavirus cases breakdown by age:

Percent of COVID-19 cases by age in Shelby County
Percent of COVID-19 cases by age in Shelby County (Source: Shelby County Health Department)

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

Arkansas

  • Crittenden -- 58
  • Cross -- 5
  • Lee -- 1 to 4
  • Mississippi -- 1 to 4
  • Phillips -- 1 to 4
  • Poinsett -- 6
  • St. Francis -- 27
  • Alcorn -- 6
  • Benton -- 5
  • Coahoma -- 30; 1 death
  • DeSoto -- 140; 1 death
  • Lafayette -- 25; 1 death
  • Marshall -- 24; 1 death
  • Panola -- 19; 1 death
  • Quitman -- 9
  • Tate -- 18
  • Tippah -- 36; 3 deaths
  • Tunica -- 17; 1 death

Tennessee

  • Crockett -- 0
  • Dyer -- 10
  • Fayette -- 21
  • Lauderdale -- 5
  • Hardeman -- 6
  • Haywood -- 6; 1 death
  • McNairy -- 5
  • Tipton -- 38

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