TDH reports more than 1,300 new COVID-19 cases; over 53,000 cases confirmed statewide

Shelby County COVID-19 Task Force update -- July 7

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - Tennessee coronavirus cases have increased by 1,359 since Monday afternoon with 12 additional deaths reported, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

TDH says there are 53,514 total COVID-19 cases in Tennessee with 53,116 cases confirmed and 398 are probable.

Since the virus hit the Mid-South in March, 665 total coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in Tennessee. And as the pandemic continues, health officials are concerned with the number of hospitalizations occurring in connection to the virus.

Since Monday, 53 people have been admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 concerns, according to TDH data. There have been 2,950 hospitalizations statewide.

Locally, Shelby County health officials are looking at opening the alternative care facility if hospitals become to crowded with COVID-19 patients.

Health experts concerned Shelby Co. alternative care facility will be needed

Health officials have identified 146 new coronavirus cases in Shelby County. According to the Shelby County Health Department, 12,165 coronavirus cases and 200 deaths have been identified across the county.

The health department announced new restrictions in Shelby County. Effective Wednesday at midnight, bars will shut down in Shelby County. Restaurants will also be required to reduce their operating hours to close at 10 p.m. as of Wednesday.

Of the positive coronavirus cases, 63.4 percent have recovered from the virus. More than 143,000 people have been tested for the virus countywide.

COVID-19 Testing Positivity Rate in Shelby County, July 7
COVID-19 Testing Positivity Rate in Shelby County, July 7 (Source: SCHD)

The Shelby County Health Department says there are 5,875 residents in quarantine at this time. In an effort to reduce the spread of the virus, health offices issued a mandatory mask order Friday requiring everyone over the age of two to wear masks in public.

The health department continues to investigate clusters/outbreaks at several care facilities. Some facilities have been considered resolved. SCHD says a cluster is considered resolved after a facility goes 28 consecutive days without identifying a new case.

Long-term care facilities with coronavirus outbreaks/clusters in Shelby County, July 7
Long-term care facilities with coronavirus outbreaks/clusters in Shelby County, July 7 (Source: SCHD)

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

Arkansas -- 23,814 total cases and 287 deaths

  • Crittenden -- 766 cases; 13 deaths; 612 recoveries
  • Cross -- 89 cases; 1 death; 80 recoveries
  • Lee -- 803 cases; 2 deaths; 588 recoveries
  • Mississippi -- 214 cases; 3 deaths; 128 recoveries
  • Phillips -- 155 cases; 4 deaths; 98 recoveries
  • Poinsett -- 62 cases; 3 deaths; 51 recoveries
  • St. Francis -- 883 cases; 3 deaths; 848 recoveries

Mississippi -- 31,257 total cases and 1,114 deaths (state not releasing recovery data at this time)

  • Alcorn -- 71 cases; 2 death
  • Benton -- 38 cases
  • Coahoma -- 201 cases; 6 deaths
  • DeSoto -- 1,620 cases; 16 deaths
  • Lafayette -- 393 cases; 4 deaths
  • Marshall -- 234 cases; 3 deaths
  • Panola -- 352 cases; 6 deaths
  • Quitman -- 78 cases
  • Tate -- 288 cases; 10 deaths
  • Tippah -- 131 cases; 11 deaths
  • Tunica -- 105 cases; 3 deaths

Tennessee -- 53,514 total cases and 665 deaths

  • Crockett -- 40 cases; 3 deaths; 21 recoveries
  • Dyer -- 261 cases; 3 death; 112 recoveries
  • Fayette -- 328 cases; 2 deaths; 205 recoveries
  • Hardeman -- 357 cases; 4 deaths; 262 recoveries
  • Haywood -- 96 cases; 2 deaths; 35 recoveries
  • Lauderdale -- 154 cases; 3 deaths; 75 recoveries
  • McNairy -- 76 cases; 38 recoveries
  • Tipton -- 653 cases; 5 deaths; 500 recoveries

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