TDH: COVID-19 cases increase by nearly 4,000, 143 new deaths reported in Tennessee

11 new COVID-19 deaths reported in Shelby Co. within 24 hours

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SHELBY CO., Tenn. (WMC) - The total COVID-19 cases increased by 3,953 in Tennessee Monday with the addition of 143 virus-related deaths.

Data from the Tennessee Department of Health shows there have been over 612,000 cases and 7,168 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

There are roughly more than 74,5000 active cases across the state. TDH says another 530,494 cases are inactive/recovered.

Hospitalizations have increase by 40 in the last 24 hours and more than 3,200 Tennesseans are currently hospitalized due to complications with the virus.

The Shelby County Health Department has reported eleven new coronavirus deaths and 344 new cases within the last 24 hours. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 70,142 COVID-19 cases and 925 deaths have been identified in Shelby County.

There are currently 7,097 active coronavirus and 2,310 contacts have been identified and placed in quarantine within the last 14 days.

Case counts in nearby counties:

  • Tipton County: 5,594
  • DeSoto County: 15,142
  • Crittenden County: 4,162

On Monday, the Shelby County Health Department announced it will close two COVID-19 vaccine sites this week. The health department said it will announce later this week when and where the drive-thru vaccination will resume for 1a1 groups, funeral/mortuary workers, and the 75+ population.

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.

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 14.3%. SCHD said the testing positivity rate is the percentage of all tests conducted that are found to be positive.

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

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.

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

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