More than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases identified in Tennessee, testing positivity rate dropping in Shelby Co.

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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - Health officials have identified 2,049 new coronavirus cases and 13 additional deaths in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Department of Health is reporting 102,871 cases and 1,033 deaths as of Thursday afternoon.

Nearly 1.5 million tests have been administered statewide and more than 64,000 Tennesseans have recovered from the virus.

Health officials have confirmed 326 new coronavirus cases and five more deaths in Shelby County.

The Shelby County Health Department has identified 20,382 COVID-19 cases and 273 deaths total countywide.

There are currently 5,205 active coronavirus cases in Shelby County. Seventy-three percent of the total cases have recovered and 7,987 are currently in quarantine.

As new cases are identified, hospital capacity has become scarce in the Mid-South. According to SCHD’s Healthcare Resource Tracking System, ICU utilization is currently at 88 percent.

Healthcare Resource Tracking System in Shelby Co.
Healthcare Resource Tracking System in Shelby Co. (Source: SCHD)

Over the past few weeks, the county’s positivity rate has skyrocketed. However, new data from the SCHD shows the positivity rate has dropped to 14.1 percent.

Shelby County and the City of Memphis have both issued masks ordinances to help decrease communal transmission.

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

The health department also continues to investigating clusters at several long-term care facilities in Shelby County that have caused more than 75 deaths among residents and employees.

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

A separate set of facilities have resolved their clusters. A cluster is considered resolved once a facility has gone 28 consecutive days without reporting a new coronavirus case.

Long-term care facilities with resolved COVID-16 outbreaks/clusters
Long-term care facilities with resolved COVID-16 outbreaks/clusters (Source: SCHD)

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

Arkansas -- 40,968 total cases and 434 deaths

  • Crittenden -- 1,127 cases; 17 deaths; 1,005 recoveries
  • Cross -- 156 cases; 1 death; 124 recoveries
  • Lee -- 878 cases; 6 deaths; 855 recoveries
  • Mississippi -- 625 cases; 8 deaths; 446 recoveries
  • Phillips -- 260 cases; 6 deaths; 213 recoveries
  • Poinsett -- 133 cases; 3 deaths; 96 recoveries
  • St. Francis -- 1,086 cases; 3 deaths; 957 recoveries

Mississippi -- 57,579 total cases and 1,611 deaths (state not releasing recovery data at this time)

  • Alcorn -- 331 cases; 3 deaths
  • Benton -- 115 cases
  • Coahoma -- 626 cases; 7 deaths
  • DeSoto -- 3,062 cases; 26 deaths
  • Lafayette -- 821 cases; 6 deaths
  • Marshall -- 526 cases; 8 deaths
  • Panola -- 867 cases; 11 deaths
  • Quitman -- 204 cases; 1 death
  • Tate -- 594 cases; 21 deaths
  • Tippah -- 269 cases; 12 deaths
  • Tunica -- 224 cases; 5 deaths

Tennessee -- 102,871 total cases and 1,033 deaths

  • Crockett -- 199 cases; 3 deaths; 91 recoveries
  • Dyer -- 487 cases; 5 deaths; 221 recoveries
  • Fayette -- 584 cases; 8 deaths; 361 recoveries
  • Hardeman -- 747 cases; 11 deaths; 440 recoveries
  • Haywood -- 342 cases; 5 deaths; 146 recoveries
  • Lauderdale -- 389 cases; 6 deaths; 194 recoveries
  • McNairy -- 283 cases; 5 deaths; 121 recoveries
  • Tipton -- 1,040 cases; 9 deaths; 663 recoveries

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