More than 2,300 new COVID-19 cases, 32 additional deaths reported in Tennessee

History of COVID-19: The new coronavirus

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - The Tennessee Department of Health is reporting 2,357 new COVID-19 cases statewide with an increase of 32 deaths.

The department says there are now 180,497 total cases with 174,637 confirmed and 5,860 probable. The death toll has hit 2,196 with 735 hospitalizations in the Volunteer State.

According to TDH, 163,181 Tennesseans have recovered from the virus.

There are 160 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Shelby County along with five virus-related deaths, according to the Shelby County Health Department.

SCHD says the county has seen a total of 29,957 cases and 439 deaths since mid-March when the first case was identified.

Now there are 1,567 active cases across the county, representing about 5% of all cases in Shelby County.

The health department’s health care resource tracking system shows ICU utilization is coming in at 89%, just 1% away from reaching the Red Zone. Health care officials have previously stated ICU utilization includes COVID-19 patients along with those who are suffering from other health issues.

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Sept. 18
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Sept. 18 (Source: WMC)

SCH also released the latest COVID-19 test positivity rate Friday showing a 6.5% rate for the week of Sept. 6 through Sept. 12.

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Sept. 18
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Sept. 18 (Source: WMC)

There are 20 long term care facilities under investigation for coronavirus clusters affecting both residents and staff.

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Sept. 18
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Sept. 18 (Source: WMC)

A separate set of facilities been able to complete their clusters after going 28 consecutive days without reporting a new coronavirus case.

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Sept. 18
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Sept. 18 (Source: WMC)

To stay up-to-date about COVID-19 in Shelby County, visit https://insight.livestories.com/.

Copyright 2020 WMC. All rights reserved.