Tennessee COVID-19 cases top 20,900 after 358 new cases identified, 5 additional deaths reported

Shelby County Health Department and COVID-19 Joint Task Force daily update -- May 26

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - State health officials are reporting 358 new cases of COVID-19 and five additional deaths in Tennessee.

The state’s total number of cases is now at 20,965 with 343 deaths reported. Amond those cases there have been more than 1,609 Tennesseans hospitalized and more than 13,300 people have recovered.

Officials have stressed the importance of testing with more than 403,500 people being tested for the coronavirus across the state.

Two of the hardest-hit areas are Shelby County and Davidson County making up over 9,200 of the cases in Tennesse.

Health officials have confirmed 4,531 coronavirus cases and 94 deaths across Shelby County.

Monday, 4,404 cases and 93 deaths were confirmed by the Shelby County Health Department -- 127 new cases and one more death have been identified overnight.

Dr. Alisa Haushalter, director of the Shelby County Health Department, said there was an average 100 new cases per day over the weekend. Haushalter added, "it’s a little bit higher than we had previously, but this has been a steady trend so I’m not overly concerned at the current time.”

Of the total coronavirus cases, 67.2 percent have recovered from the virus.

Recovered coronavirus cases in Shelby County
Recovered coronavirus cases in Shelby County (Source: SCHD)

Nearly 67,000 people have been tested for the coronavirus across Shelby County.

The COVID-19 testing positivity rate in Shelby County is currently seven percent.

The testing positivity rate is the percentage of all tests conducted that are found to be positive. The SCHD would like to keep this percentage below ten percent.

COVID-19 testing positivity rate in Shelby County
COVID-19 testing positivity rate in Shelby County (Source: SCHD)

SCHD is also monitoring several COVID-19 clusters at different assisted living facilities. More than 320 residents and staff have tested positive for coronavirus with 34 deaths, this does not include the facilities with resolved cases.

The Highlands of Memphis Health and Rehabilitation accounts for the majority of the cases with 66 residents and 25 staff members testing positive for the virus and five deaths reported.

When Haushalter was asked about outbreaks at long-term care facilities, she responded by saying, "I want to be very clear that they are not under control.”

She added there are significant staff shortages and that many staff members are sick, therefore there will most likely be more transmission.

Long-term care facilities with coronavirus cases in Shelby County
Long-term care facilities with coronavirus cases in Shelby County (Source: SCHD)

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

Arkansas -- 6,029 total cases and 117 deaths

  • Crittenden -- 293 cases; 9 deaths; 212 recoveries
  • Cross -- 42 cases; 32 recoveries
  • Lee -- 17 cases; 1 death; 9 recoveries
  • Mississippi -- 70 cases; 2 death; 55 recoveries
  • Phillips -- 9 cases; 1 death; 4 recoveries
  • Poinsett -- 30 cases; 2 deaths; 22 recoveries
  • St. Francis -- 639 cases; 1 death; 314 recoveries

Mississippi -- 13,731 total cases and 652 deaths (state not releasing recovery data at this time)

  • Alcorn -- 14 cases; 1 death
  • Benton -- 15 cases
  • Coahoma -- 108 cases; 3 deaths
  • DeSoto -- 485 cases; 6 deaths
  • Lafayette -- 126 cases; 4 deaths
  • Marshall -- 71 cases; 3 deaths
  • Panola -- 62 cases; 2 deaths
  • Quitman -- 24 cases
  • Tate -- 66 cases; 1 death
  • Tippah -- 71 cases; 11 deaths
  • Tunica -- 50 cases; 3 deaths

Tennessee -- 20,965 total cases and 343 deaths

  • Crockett -- 16 cases; 1 death; 10 recoveries
  • Dyer -- 48 cases; 42 recoveries
  • Fayette -- 108 cases; 2 deaths; 84 recoveries
  • Hardeman -- 189 cases; 155 recoveries
  • Haywood -- 29 cases; 2 death; 24 recoveries
  • Lauderdale -- 56 cases; 1 death; 37 recoveries
  • McNairy -- 12 cases; 12 recoveries
  • Tipton -- 427 cases; 3 deaths; 151 recoveries

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