Tennessee tops 300K coronavirus cases; 64 more deaths reported

SCHD: More than 600 coronavirus deaths reported in Shelby Co.

Dire warnings amid fall COVID surge

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Tennessee topped more than 300,000 COVID-19 Friday as state heath officials reported 3,733 new cases.

Another 64 deaths brings the state’s death toll to 3,852 with 300,458 confirmed or probable cases since the start of the pandemic.

According to data from the Tennessee Department of Health, there are 31,147 active cases in Tennessee with nearly 1,800 people currently hospitalized with complications.

The Shelby County Health Department has reported 268 new coronavirus cases and two more deaths. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 41,393 COVID-19 cases and 606 deaths have been reported.

There are currently 3,105 active COVID-19 cases in Shelby County.

Counties surrounding Shelby County have also seen COVID-19 cases rise. Here are the overall totals.

  • Tipton County, TN - 2,857
  • DeSoto County, MS - 8,535
  • Crittenden County, AR - 2,691

The county’s weekly positivity rate has increased each week over the last month. The most recent data available from the Shelby County Health Department shows a weekly positivity rate of 9.5%.

Shelby County Health Department Director Dr. Alisa Haushalter told the County Commission over the last few weeks we’ve averaged about 220-300 new COVID-19 cases a day. Nearly 700 new COVID-19 cases were reported from Monday, November 9 to Tuesday, November 12.

COVID-19 Positivity Rate in Shelby County
COVID-19 Positivity Rate in Shelby County (Source: SCHD)

County health experts are planning to see how Halloween and other upcoming holidays contribute to the fall surge of COVID-19 cases. Leaders from surrounding counties have asked residents to reschedule Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings this year.

Dr. Steve Threlkeld, an infectious disease specialist at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, said hospitalizations aren’t the highest of the pandemic, but they are also seeing an increase.

There are ongoing COVID-19 clusters at 16 long-term care facilities, many of which have experienced previous clusters. Hundreds of residents and staff members have contracted the virus since the pandemic arrived in the Mid-South.

Long-term care facilities with COVID-19 clusters
Long-term care facilities with COVID-19 clusters (Source: SCHD)

Eighty-nine percent of the Mid-South’s regional acute care hospital capacity is currently utilized and 90% of ICU capacity is utilized as of November 12.

Healthcare Resource Tracking System 11/13/2020
Healthcare Resource Tracking System 11/13/2020 (Source: SCHD)

Increases in hospitalization have prompted warnings from Mid-South health officials.

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