Tennessee COVID-19 cases increase by more than 1,800, 9 new deaths reported

Nearly 9,000 quarantined in Shelby County

Tennessee COVID-19 cases increase by more than 1,800, 9 new deaths reported
Tennessee COVID-19 numbers - August 8 (Source: WMC)

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - Tennessee COVID-19 cases have increased by more than 1,800 since Friday afternoon with the addition of nine deaths statewide.

The Tennessee Department of Health says there have been 120,585 total cases identified statewide with 118,821 being confirmed cases and more than 1,700 probable.

There have also been a total of 1,215 COVID-19 deaths.

According to data from TDH, Shelby County has the highest total case count of all counties in the Volunteer State. Davidson County isn’t too far behind.

The Shelby County Health Department has identified 376 new COVID-19 cases and three additional deaths in the last 24 hours.

SCHD says the county has seen a total of 23,192 cases since the start of the pandemic and nearly 80% of those cases have recovered. County coronavirus deaths have surpassed 300, accounting for 1.3% of all cases.

According to the health department, there are over 4,300 active cases across the county.

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - August 8
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - August 8 (Source: WMC)

As new cases are reported daily, SCHD is also keeping track of health care resources in the Mid-South. ICU utilization was in the red zone on Friday, coming in at 92%. But has since dropped down to 90%.

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - August 8
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - August 8 (Source: WMC)

When ICU utilization reached the red zone in previous weeks, talks of preparing the alternate care facility in Memphis surfaced. The facility has not yet been needed as the county continues to battle virus-related hospitalizations among other health care issues residents may be facing that require hospitalization.

The county’s testing positivity rate took a fall after several weeks of steady increase. The rate fell from 16.4% to 15.8% from July 19 to July 25. Officials are looking for 14 days of a significant increase before the county can move forward with any additional reopenings. Another small decrease during the week of July 26 through Aug. 1 also brought the rate down to 15.3%.

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - August 8
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - August 8 (Source: WMC)

SCHD is investigating a number of COVID-19 clusters at long term care facilities in Shelby County. There are 27 facilities currently under investigation, according to the health department.

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - August 8
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - August 8 (Source: WMC)

A separate 18 facilities have clusters that are reportedly resolved. The health department says clusters are considered resolved once a facility can go 28 consecutive days without reporting a new case of the virus.

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

Arkansas -- 48,039 total cases and 521 deaths

  • Crittenden -- 1,327 cases; 20 deaths; 1,162 recoveries
  • Cross -- 190 cases; 3 deaths; 157 recoveries
  • Lee -- 893 cases; 8 deaths; 870 recoveries
  • Mississippi -- 958 cases; 13 deaths; 657 recoveries
  • Phillips -- 303 cases; 7 deaths; 255 recoveries
  • Poinsett -- 240 cases; 3 deaths; 148 recoveries
  • St. Francis -- 1,186 cases; 3 deaths; 1,065 recoveries

Mississippi -- 66,646 total cases and 1,874 deaths (state not releasing recovery data at this time)

  • Alcorn -- 419 cases; 5 deaths
  • Benton -- 143 cases
  • Coahoma -- 743 cases; 12 deaths
  • DeSoto -- 3,632 cases; 30 deaths
  • Lafayette -- 964 cases; 16 deaths
  • Marshall -- 688 cases; 9 deaths
  • Panola -- 1,054 cases; 12 deaths
  • Quitman -- 262 cases; 1 death
  • Tate -- 720 cases; 28 deaths
  • Tippah -- 360 cases; 13 deaths
  • Tunica -- 333 cases; 7 deaths

Tennessee -- 120,585 total cases and 1,215 deaths

  • Crockett -- 266 cases; 4 deaths; 138 recoveries
  • Dyer -- 628 cases; 7 deaths; 277 recoveries
  • Fayette -- 686 cases; 8 deaths; 419 recoveries
  • Hardeman -- 898 cases; 17 deaths; 532 recoveries
  • Haywood -- 463 cases; 6 deaths; 192 recoveries
  • Lauderdale -- 489 cases; 8 deaths; 255 recoveries
  • McNairy -- 371 cases; 5 deaths; 171 recoveries
  • Tipton -- 1,195 cases; 9 deaths; 776 recoveries

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