TDH: More than 4,500 new cases, 55 additional deaths identified in Tennessee

TDH: More than 4,500 new cases, 55 additional deaths identified in Tennessee
(Source: Adam Mintzer)

SHELBY CO., Tenn. (WMC) - The Tennessee Department of Health identified 4,589 new coronavirus cases as of Sunday afternoon.

In 24 hours, the state’s case count rose to a total of 340,476. The health department also reported 55 more virus-related deaths, bringing Tennessee’s total to 4,266.

TDH also reports 2,065 hospitalizations.

There have now been 294,231 recoveries in the Volunteer State, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

More than 4 million COVID-19 tests have been administered across the state.

The Shelby County Health Department reported 3,969 active COVID-19 cases countywide Sunday morning.

The health department says there are 509 new cases with no additional deaths reported in the last 24 hours. This brings the county’s total case count to 45,168 with a virus death toll of 630.

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Nov. 22
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Nov. 22 (Source: WMC)

Cases are continually increasing day to day in Shelby County, Tennessee and around the nation and health officials are becoming concerned with hospitals’ capacity. SCHD’s health care resource tracking system shows Acute Care utilization at 92% and ICU at 91, each in the red zone as of Friday morning.

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Nov. 21
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Nov. 21 (Source: WMC)

And as hospitalizations increase, the county’s weekly positivity rate hit 11%. In previous weeks, the health department has worked to keep the rate at lower than 10%. Within the last few months, the rate dropped to single-digit percentages. But with cases on the rise again SCHD is now looking at possible business closures.

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Nov. 22
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Nov. 22 (Source: WMC)

The health department is also investigating COVID-19 clusters where two or more cases have been identified at long-term care facilities in Shelby County. There are 19 facilities currently under investigation -- some of them experiencing more than one cluster since the beginning of the pandemic.

Both residents and staff have been affected.

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Nov. 22
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Nov. 22 (Source: WMC)

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