Tennessee reports 42 new coronavirus deaths, more than 2,200 new cases

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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - Tennessee health officials reported another 2,252 COVID-19 cases in the state Thursday and said 42 more people have died after contracting the virus.

Tennessee’s coronavirus death toll now stands at 1,186 and 116,350 cases have been reported since the pandemic began in March.

So far, 77,558 people have recovered from the virus and more than 1.6 million tests have been administered statewide.

Health officials have identified 235 new coronavirus cases and four more deaths in Shelby County.

The Shelby County Health Department has identified 22,552 COVID-19 cases and 297 total deaths countywide.

Nearly 78% of COVID-19 cases have recovered in Shelby County with 4,458 active cases.

SCHD said as cases increase, hospitals in the Mid-South are taking a hit. According to the health department’s Healthcare Resource Tracking System, ICU utilization is at 92% - which is in the red zone.

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

The county’s testing positivity rate took a fall after 11 weeks of steady increase. The rate fell from 16.4% to 15.8% from July 19 to August 2. Officials are looking for 14 days of a significant increase before the county can move forward with any additional reopenings.

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

SCHD is also investigating a cluster of coronavirus outbreaks at several long-term care facilities. The clusters have affected over two dozen facilities. There have been 85 virus-related deaths among employees and residents.

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 reportedly recovered from their cluster. The health department says a cluster is considered resolved when a facility goes 28 consecutive days without reporting a new COVID-19 case.

Long-term care facilities with recovered COVID-19 cases in Shelby County
Long-term care facilities with recovered COVID-19 cases in Shelby County (Source: SCHD)

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

Arkansas -- 46,293 total cases and 508 deaths

  • Crittenden -- 1,291 cases; 20 deaths; 1,126 recoveries
  • Cross -- 173 cases; 3 deaths; 150 recoveries
  • Lee -- 890 cases; 7 deaths; 867 recoveries
  • Mississippi -- 891 cases; 12 deaths; 612 recoveries
  • Phillips -- 298 cases; 7 deaths; 242 recoveries
  • Poinsett -- 190 cases; 3 deaths; 129 recoveries
  • St. Francis -- 1,148 cases; 3 deaths; 1,019 recoveries

Mississippi -- 64,400 total cases and 1,825 deaths (state not releasing recovery data at this time)

  • Alcorn -- 382 cases; 5 deaths
  • Benton -- 133 cases
  • Coahoma -- 697 cases; 11 deaths
  • DeSoto -- 3,523 cases; 28 deaths
  • Lafayette -- 937 cases; 14 deaths
  • Marshall -- 638 cases; 9 deaths
  • Panola -- 980 cases; 12 deaths
  • Quitman -- 240 cases; 1 death
  • Tate -- 692 cases; 27 deaths
  • Tippah -- 325 cases; 13 deaths
  • Tunica -- 317 cases; 6 deaths

Tennessee -- 116,350 total cases and 1,186 deaths

  • Crockett -- 253 cases; 4 deaths; 130 recoveries
  • Dyer -- 593 cases; 7 deaths; 261 recoveries
  • Fayette -- 652 cases; 8 deaths; 407 recoveries
  • Hardeman -- 858 cases; 15 deaths; 521 recoveries
  • Haywood -- 435 cases; 6 deaths; 187 recoveries
  • Lauderdale -- 455 cases; 8 deaths; 243 recoveries
  • McNairy -- 351 cases; 5 deaths; 164 recoveries
  • Tipton -- 1,155 cases; 9 deaths; 748 recoveries

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