TDH: Over 7,500 new COVID-19 cases reported in Tennessee, active cases top 69K

More than 500 new COVID-19 cases, 8 new deaths in Shelby Co.

Over 1 million vaccine doses needed to reach herd immunity in Shelby County

SHELBY CO., Tenn. (WMC) - Tennessee’s COVID-19 cases have increased by 7,588 as of Wednesday afternoon. This brings the state’s number of active cases to more than 69,000.

The Tennessee Department of Health also says 114 Tennesseans have died within the last 24 hours due to the virus.

There have been 625,237 total cases and over 7,300 deaths statewide since the beginning of the pandemic.

TDH says hospitalizations also increased by 71 and there are now 3,332 Tennesseans currently hospitalized in the Volunteer State.

The Shelby County Health Department has identified 583 new coronavirus cases and eight new deaths within the last 24 hours.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 71,000 COVID-19 cases and 953 deaths have been reported in Shelby County. There are currently 6,869 active coronavirus cases and 2,432 COVID-19 contacts have been identified within the last 14 days countywide.

Case counts in nearby counties:

  • Tipton County: 5,679
  • DeSoto County: 15,363
  • Crittenden County: 4,204

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 Tuesday, January 5, hospital capacity was still limited with 93% of acute care beds and 94% 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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