Health officials report over 900 new COVID-19 cases in Tennessee

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - There are now more than 61,960 total coronavirus cases in Tennessee after the Tennessee Department of Health reported 954 new cases and three additional deaths.

TDH says there are 61,443 confirmed cases and 517 probable cases. The death toll has reached 741.

Hospitalizations connected to the virus are continuing to increase across the state with 57 new hospitalizations reported since Saturday.

More than 35,800 people have recovered from the deadly virus.

Shelby County Health Department says the county reached 13,702 cases of COVID-19 Sunday after 250 new cases were reported.

There have been 221 total deaths across the county -- an increase of three deaths since Saturday morning.

The health department says nearly 70% of cases in Shelby County have recovered. And deaths only account for 1.6% of all cases. There are currently 4,449 active cases in the county at this time, accounting for 32.5% of all cases.

Shelby Co COVID-19 numbers - July 12
Shelby Co COVID-19 numbers - July 12 (Source: WMC)

The numbers that are most concerning to health officials across the county and the Mid-South are the hospitalization and positivity rates. Shelby County reported its highest positivity rate Friday coming in at 14% for the week of June 18 through July 4.

Mid-South hospitals are being severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as hospitalizations in connection to the virus increase each day. Officials are now looking at the possibility of having to open the alternative care facility in Memphis to help more patients in need.

The chart below explains current capacity issues:

Shelby Co COVID-19 numbers - July 12
Shelby Co COVID-19 numbers - July 12 (Source: WMC)

SCHD is also monitoring several clusters of coronavirus outbreaks at adult care facilities in Shelby County. There has been a total of 35 facilities affected with 69 deaths reported.

Shelby Co COVID-19 numbers - July 12
Shelby Co COVID-19 numbers - July 12 (Source: WMC)

Of the 36 facilities, 18 of them have resolved clusters. Clusters are considered resolved when a facility has gone 28 consecutive days without reporting a new COVID-19 case.

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

Arkansas -- 27,864 total cases and 319 deaths

  • Crittenden -- 833 cases; 14 deaths; 716 recoveries
  • Cross -- 95 cases; 1 death; 85 recoveries
  • Lee -- 825 cases; 3 deaths; 641 recoveries
  • Mississippi -- 304 cases; 3 deaths; 178 recoveries
  • Phillips -- 172 cases; 5 deaths; 131 recoveries
  • Poinsett -- 72 cases; 3 deaths; 54 recoveries
  • St. Francis -- 903 cases; 3 deaths; 871 recoveries

Mississippi -- 36,287 total cases and 1,249 deaths (state not releasing recovery data at this time)

  • Alcorn -- 107 cases; 2 deaths
  • Benton -- 47 cases
  • Coahoma -- 230 cases; 6 deaths
  • DeSoto -- 1,959 cases; 20 deaths
  • Lafayette -- 506 cases; 4 deaths
  • Marshall -- 292 cases; 3 deaths
  • Panola -- 454 cases; 6 deaths
  • Quitman -- 101 cases; 1 death
  • Tate -- 392 cases; 13 deaths
  • Tippah -- 146 cases; 11 deaths
  • Tunica -- 125 cases; 3 deaths

Tennessee -- 61,960 total cases and 741 deaths

  • Crockett -- 54 cases; 3 deaths; 24 recoveries
  • Dyer -- 292 cases; 3 deaths; 133 recoveries
  • Fayette -- 370 cases; 5 deaths; 225 recoveries
  • Hardeman -- 418 cases; 4 deaths; 286 recoveries
  • Haywood -- 121 cases; 3 deaths; 42 recoveries
  • Lauderdale -- 182 cases; 4 deaths; 87 recoveries
  • McNairy -- 107 cases; 1 death; 43 recoveries
  • Tipton -- 698 cases; 7 deaths; 519 recoveries

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