TDH reports 971 new COVID-19 cases, 14 more deaths in Tennessee

History of COVID-19: The new coronavirus

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - The Tennessee Department of Health reported 971 new COVID-19 cases statewide with an increase of 14 deaths.

The department says there are now 198,403 total cases with 190,388 confirmed and 8,015 probable. The death toll has hit 2,515 with more than 800 hospitalizations in the Volunteer State.

According to TDH, 182,166 Tennesseans have recovered from the virus.

The Shelby County Health Department has reported six new virus-related deaths and 128 additional COVID-19 cases.

There have been 31,771 cases identified in Shelby County and 475 deaths reported. The county has processed 458,504 COVID-19 tests since the first case was identified in mid-March.

According to SCHD, 93.9% of all cases reported across the county have recovered or are now inactive.

The health department has been keeping an eye on hospital utilization after they began to rise during the summer months. As of Thursday, October 1, the health care resource tracking system is showing ICU utilization at 87%.

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Oct. 2
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Oct. 2 (Source: WMC)

A number of long-term care facilities are also under watch after clusters of COVID-19 cases were identified affecting both residents and staff.

There are 20 facilities currently under investigation.

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Oct. 2
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Oct. 2 (Source: WMC)

A second set of facilities have been able to resolve their clusters. SCHD considers clusters resolved after a facility can go 28 days without identifying a new COVID-19 case. There have been 119 deaths among residents and staff across both groups of facilities.

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Oct. 2
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Oct. 2 (Source: WMC)

The health department says there are more than 1,400 active cases in the county with over 6,800 in quarantine. The latest weekly positivity rate for Sept. 20 through Sept. 26 comes in at 5.2%.

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Oct. 2
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Oct. 2 (Source: WMC)

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