Tennessee sets largest single-day record with nearly 2,500 new COVID-19 cases identified overnight

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - Tennessee health officials reported 2,472 new cases of coronavirus and 20 additional deaths on Wednesday.

The Tennessee Department of Health has identified a total of 55,986 cases and 685 deaths. Of the total case count, 55,567 cases are confirmed and 419 are probable. Of the total deaths, 660 have been confirmed and 25 are probable.

Wednesday marks the largest daily increase of cases. The previous record was 1,822 cases, which was set on July 3.

Wednesday is also the state’s largest increase of deaths since June 12 when 27 deaths were reported.

More than 950,000 tests have been have administered statewide and nearly 33,000 Tennesseans have recovered from the virus.

Leaders with the Shelby County Health Department identified 302 new coronavirus cases and one more death overnight.

According to TDH, 12,549 cases and 208 deaths total have been reported across Shelby County. Of the positive COVID-19 cases, 64 percent have recovered from the virus. At this time, 4,291 cases are currently active in Shelby County.

More than 145,000 people have been tested for the virus countywide.

COVID-19 Testing Positivity Rate
COVID-19 Testing Positivity Rate (Source: SCHD)

The Shelby County Health Department says there are 5,970 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
Long-term care facilities with coronavirus outbreaks/clusters in Shelby County (Source: SCHD)

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

Arkansas -- 24,512 total cases and 301 deaths

  • Crittenden -- 786 cases; 13 deaths; 631 recoveries
  • Cross -- 90 cases; 1 death; 83 recoveries
  • Lee -- 805 cases; 3 deaths; 635 recoveries
  • Mississippi -- 225 cases; 3 deaths; 136 recoveries
  • Phillips -- 159 cases; 5 deaths; 104 recoveries
  • Poinsett -- 63 cases; 3 deaths; 52 recoveries
  • St. Francis -- 893 cases; 3 deaths; 860 recoveries

Mississippi -- 32,888 total cases and 1,188 deaths (state not releasing recovery data at this time)

  • Alcorn -- 76 cases; 2 deaths
  • Benton -- 42 cases
  • Coahoma -- 213 cases; 6 deaths
  • DeSoto -- 1,767 cases; 18 deaths
  • Lafayette -- 419 cases; 4 deaths
  • Marshall -- 264 cases; 3 deaths
  • Panola -- 392 cases; 6 deaths
  • Quitman -- 89 cases; 1 death
  • Tate -- 319 cases; 12 deaths
  • Tippah -- 142 cases; 11 deaths
  • Tunica -- 115 cases; 3 deaths

Tennessee -- 55,986 total cases and 685 deaths

  • Crockett -- 44 cases; 3 deaths; 22 recoveries
  • Dyer -- 270 cases; 3 death; 130 recoveries
  • Fayette -- 344 cases; 3 deaths; 210 recoveries
  • Hardeman -- 374 cases; 4 deaths; 267 recoveries
  • Haywood -- 108 cases; 2 deaths; 36 recoveries
  • Lauderdale -- 164 cases; 3 deaths; 80 recoveries
  • McNairy -- 84 cases; 1 death; 38 recoveries
  • Tipton -- 662 cases; 5 deaths; 504 recoveries

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