More than 71K active COVID-19 cases in Tennessee

More than 7,100 active COVID-19 cases in Shelby Co.

Gov. Bill Lee says Tennessee among best in nation for early COVID-19 vaccine numbers

SHELBY CO., Tenn. (WMC) - Another 5,399 Tennesseans have reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus since Monday and an additional 99 have died.

The Tennessee Department of Health says there have been 617,649 total cases across the state and the death toll has reached 7,267.

TDH data suggests there are approximately more than 71,000 active COVID-19 cases in Tennesee. And there currently 3,246 people hospitalized due to the virus.

The health department has identified 20 new coronavirus deaths and 390 new cases have been reported in Shelby County. SCHD said the deaths reported today range between 12/2/2020-12/30/2020.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 70,532 coronavirus cases and 945 deaths have been reported. There are currently 7,152 active COVID-19 cases and 2,353 contacts have been identified and placed in quarantine within the 14 days.

Case counts in nearby counties:

  • Tipton County: 5,622
  • DeSoto County: 15,263
  • Crittenden County: 4,173

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, January 4, hospital capacity was still limited with 88% of acute care beds and 93% of ICU beds currently utilized.

Healthcare Resource Tracking System
Healthcare Resource Tracking System (Source: SCHD)

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)

Here’s a breakdown for COVID-19 cases across the Department of Corrections in Shelby County.

Inmates/employees with COVID-19 cases in the Department of Corrections
Inmates/employees with COVID-19 cases in the Department of Corrections (Source: SCHD)
Detainees/corrections employees with coronavirus cases in Shelby Co.
Detainees/corrections employees with coronavirus cases in Shelby Co. (Source: SCHD)

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