TDH: Coronavirus death toll surpasses 7,000 in Tennessee

History of COVID-19: The new coronavirus

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - There are over 4,000 new COVID-19 cases and 55 virus deaths in Tennessee. The Tennessee Department of Health says the new cases bring the state’s total case count to more than 608,000 and the death toll has surpassed 7,000.

Data suggests there are more than 74,300 active coronavirus cases across the state.

More than 526,900 cases are reportedly inactive/recovered. And as cases increase so are hospitalizations.

TDH says there are 3,176 people currently hospitalized due to complications with the virus with more than 60 patients admitted since Saturday.

The Shelby County Health Department also reported an additional 978 cases and with no new deaths within the last 24 hours. There have been 69,798 total cases and 914 people to die of the virus in Shelby County making it one of the most affected areas in the state and the Mid-South region.

Case counts in nearby counties:

  • Tipton County: 5,556
  • DeSoto County: 15,023
  • Crittenden County: 4,127

The safer-at-home order issued in Directive No. 16 is also in effect. The order will expire on January 22, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Click here for details on the directive.

There are currently 7,234 active coronavirus cases in Shelby County. Within the last 14 days, over 2,200 COVID-19 contacts have been placed in quarantine across Shelby County.

Starting Dec. 29, officials can issue a $50 civil fine to owners of businesses in violation of the health directive and/or the county face mask directive. Commissioner Van Turner told WMC Action News 5 this was voted on and approved during a special meeting among Shelby County leaders last week.

The weekly test positivity rate is 14.2%. SCHD said the testing positivity rate is the percentage of all tests conducted that are found to be positive.

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Jan. 3
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Jan. 3 (Source: WMC)

As of Wednesday, Dec. 31, hospital capacity was still limited with 88% of acute care beds and 95% of ICU beds currently utilized.

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

Below is a list of ongoing and completed clusters at long-term care facilities. A COVID-19 cluster is considered completed once a facility has gone 28 days without a new case.

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers at long-term care facilities - Jan. 2
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers at long-term care facilities - Jan. 2 (Source: WMC)
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers at long-term care facilities - Jan. 2
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers at long-term care facilities - Jan. 2 (Source: WMC)
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers at long-term care facilities - Jan. 2
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers at long-term care facilities - Jan. 2 (Source: WMC)

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