TDH: More than 1,800 new coronavirus cases confirmed overnight in Tennessee

Gov. Bill Lee gives COVID-19 update -- July 1

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - Tennessee’s coronavirus case count has surpassed 45,000, with more than 817,000 tests administered statewide.

Health officials have identified more than 1,800 coronavirus cases and 12 additional deaths overnight in Tennessee.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, there are 45,315 cases and 609 related deaths as of Wednesday afternoon.

The Shelby County Health Department has identified 304 new COVID-19 cases and seven more deaths overnight.

According to TDH, 10,344 coronavirus cases and 193 deaths have been confirmed countywide.

At this time, 128,832 people have been tested for the virus in Shelby County. Of the positive coronavirus cases, 66.2 percent have recovered from the virus.

Recovered coronavirus cases in Shelby County, July 1
Recovered coronavirus cases in Shelby County, July 1 (Source: SCHD)

During Tuesday’s COVID-19 Joint Task Force meeting, Dr. Bruce Randolph with the Shelby County Health Department said his top concern was the increase in weekly positivity rates.

Last week, it was 10.3 percent. The week Shelby County entered phase two it was two times less.

Shelby County COVID-19 testing positivity rate, July 1
Shelby County COVID-19 testing positivity rate, July 1 (Source: SCHD)

The push for COVID-19 testing has significantly impacted assisted care facilities serving a vulnerable population.

The health department is investigating multiple COVID-19 outbreaks/clusters at several assisted care facilities in Memphis and Shelby County.

Long-term care facilities with coronavirus outbreaks/clusters in Shelby County
Long-term care facilities with coronavirus outbreaks/clusters in Shelby County (Source: SCHD)

There are several other facilities that were previously under investigation with clusters that have reportedly been resolved. SCHD says clusters are considered resolved when a facility goes 28 consecutive days without a new case.

Tuesday, Shelby County mayor Lee Harris signed an executive order putting more measures in place at the Shelby County Department of Corrections to protect inmates and employees from the virus.

The Shelby County Department of Corrections is reporting 21 inmates and 38 employees that have tested positive for COVID-19. Zero deaths have been reported. At this time, 932 tests have been administered.

At the Shelby County Jail, also known as 201 Poplar, 162 detainees and 86 employees have tested positive for coronavirus. One death has also been reported. Seventy-seven detainees are currently in quarantine.

An inspection report described some of the practices and COVID-19 plan within the Shelby County Jail to be inadequate and harmful.

A federal judge ordered that an independent inspection be done at the jail following a lawsuit that was filed last month.

Inspector finds "inadequate" protections at Shelby Co. Jail

Here are case totals for other counties in the Mid-South:

Arkansas -- 20,777 total cases and 270 deaths

  • Crittenden -- 746 cases; 12 deaths; 564 recoveries
  • Cross -- 85 cases; 1 death; 78 recoveries
  • Lee -- 651 cases; 2 death; 562 recoveries
  • Mississippi -- 168 cases; 3 deaths; 112 recoveries
  • Phillips -- 142 cases; 3 deaths; 73 recoveries
  • Poinsett -- 58 cases; 3 deaths; 50 recoveries
  • St. Francis -- 812 cases; 3 deaths; 787 recoveries

Mississippi -- 27,900 total cases and 1,082 deaths (state not releasing recovery data at this time)

  • Alcorn -- 56 cases; 1 death
  • Benton -- 27 cases
  • Coahoma -- 186 cases; 6 deaths
  • DeSoto -- 1,373 cases; 16 deaths
  • Lafayette -- 352 cases; 4 deaths
  • Marshall -- 201 cases; 3 deaths
  • Panola -- 270 cases; 6 deaths
  • Quitman -- 68 cases
  • Tate -- 257 cases; 7 deaths
  • Tippah -- 123 cases; 11 deaths
  • Tunica -- 89 cases; 3 deaths

Tennessee -- 45,315 total cases and 609 deaths

  • Crockett -- 31 cases; 3 deaths; 18 recoveries
  • Dyer -- 225 cases; 1 death; 98 recoveries
  • Fayette -- 292 cases; 2 deaths; 177 recoveries
  • Hardeman -- 304 cases; 1 death; 229 recoveries
  • Haywood -- 74 cases; 2 deaths; 32 recoveries
  • Lauderdale -- 120 cases; 2 deaths; 66 recoveries
  • McNairy -- 62 cases; 31 recoveries
  • Tipton -- 611 cases; 4 deaths; 484 recoveries

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