Tennessee Dept. of Health reports technical issue that could render higher than normal COVID-19 numbers in the coming days

Health department reports 250 new COVID-19 cases in Shelby County

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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - Tennessee health officials reported 666 new COVID-19 cases and seven additional deaths Friday, bringing the state’s totals to 223,493 cases and 2,871 deaths.

According to data from the Tennessee Department of Health, there are 18,791 active cases across the state.

TDH said Friday that technical issues Thursday resulted in lower test numbers Friday, which will render higher than normal numbers over the next few days as the backlog is cleared.

More than 201,000 cases are now considered inactive or recovered. There are currently 1,140 people hospitalized.

The Shelby County Health Department reported 250 new coronavirus cases across the county Friday. There were also two additional virus-related deaths reported within the last 24 hours.

The total number of cases is now at 33,710 with 544 deaths reported since the beginning of the pandemic.

Health officials say there are over 1,800 active cases in Shelby County and more than 6,900 people are in quarantine.

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Oct. 16
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Oct. 16 (Source: WMC)

Along with daily case numbers, the health department is also keeping a watchful eye on hospital capacity using a health care resource tracking system. The system shows acute care utilization is at 90% and ICU utilization is at 92% as of Thursday, October 15.

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Oct. 16
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Oct. 16 (Source: WMC)

There are a number of long-term care facilities that have been heavily impacted by the pandemic. Several facilities have even reported multiple COVID-19 clusters since the first case was reported. Rainbow Health and Rehab has had the highest number of cluster investigations among all 50 of the facilities.

The charts below show the number of residents and staff that have been affected by the clusters.

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Oct. 16
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Oct. 16 (Source: WMC)

A separate set of facilities have completed their clusters by going 28 consecutive days without identifying a new case of the virus.

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Oct. 16
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Oct. 16 (Source: WMC)

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