Over 122K total COVID-19 cases identified in Tennessee

No additional deaths reported in Shelby County

Shelby County sees low weekly average of daily COVID-19 cases

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Tennessee COVID-19 case total surpassed 122,000 after the department reported 2,127 new cases Sunday.

There are 120,911 confirmed cases in and another 1,801 are probable.

The Tennessee Department Health also reported eight new deaths bringing the virus death toll to 1,223. On the flip side, nearly 81,000 Tennesseeans have recovered.

Coronavirus cases have increased by 337 in Shelby County since last Saturday with no additional deaths reported.

There are now 23,529 total cases in the county and 301 deaths. on Saturday, the Shelby County Health Department reported 302 deaths but in Sunday’s update explained why the number changed:

“We are reporting one less death than yesterday at 301, this was because one of the probable deaths was wrongfully classified as a COVID-19 related death. This death has been removed from the line list of deaths.”

COVID-19 deaths account for 1.3% of the coronavirus cases in Shelby County and nearly 18,700 (80%) have recovered.

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - August 9
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - August 9 (Source: WMC)

As new cases are reported daily, SCHD is also keeping track of health care resources in the Mid-South. ICU utilization has increased by 1% in the last 24 hours putting the percentage in the red zone at 91%. This number has fluctuated within the last few days.

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.

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - August 9
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - August 9 (Source: WMC)

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 15.5%.

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - August 9
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - August 9 (Source: WMC)

SCHD is also investigating a number of ongoing COVID-19 clusters at long term care facilities in Shelby County. There are more than two dozen clusters currently under investigation.

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - August 9
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - August 9 (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.

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - August 9
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - August 9 (Source: WMC)

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

Arkansas -- 48,811 total cases and 535 deaths

  • Crittenden -- 1,351 cases; 20 deaths; 1,174 recoveries
  • Cross -- 195 ases; 4 deaths; 157 recoveries
  • Lee -- 894 cases; 8 deaths; 870 recoveries
  • Mississippi -- 982 cases; 14 deaths; 668 recoveries
  • Phillips -- 318 cases; 8 deaths; 259 recoveries
  • Poinsett -- 229 cases; 3 deaths; 156 recoveries
  • St. Francis -- 1,193 cases; 3 deaths; 1,091 recoveries

Mississippi -- 67,173 total cases and 1,896 deaths (state not releasing recovery data at this time)

  • Alcorn -- 428 cases; 5 deaths
  • Benton -- 144 cases; 1 death
  • Coahoma -- 760 cases; 13 deaths
  • DeSoto -- 3,658 cases; 31 deaths
  • Lafayette -- 973 cases; 16 deaths
  • Marshall -- 695 cases; 9 deaths
  • Panola -- 1,059 cases; 13 deaths
  • Quitman -- 269 cases; 1 death
  • Tate -- 734 cases; 29 deaths
  • Tippah -- 366 cases; 13 deaths
  • Tunica -- 337 cases; 7 deaths

Tennessee -- 122,712 total cases and 1,223 deaths

  • Crockett -- 269 cases; 5 deaths; 138 recoveries
  • Dyer -- 650 cases; 8 deaths; 281 recoveries
  • Fayette -- 698 cases; 8 deaths; 422 recoveries
  • Hardeman -- 917 cases; 17 deaths; 535 recoveries
  • Haywood -- 500 cases; 6 deaths; 192 recoveries
  • Lauderdale -- 508 cases; 8 deaths; 255 recoveries
  • McNairy -- 378 cases; 5 deaths; 171 recoveries
  • Tipton -- 1,208 cases; 10 deaths; 779 recoveries

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