SCHD says the county is past the COVID-19 holiday surge

Hospitals see stabilizations after holiday surge

SHELBY CO., Tenn. (WMC) - Shelby County health officials say the holiday surge has passed.

“We are seeing some changes over the past several days and up to the past week and knowing that we are beyond the Christmas surge, now moving beyond the New Year surge and beginning to see some plateau of data,” said Shelby County Health Department Director, Dr. Alisa Haushalter.

Haushalter also says hospitals are starting to see stabilization.

The last four days of data show a slight increase in the number of hospital beds available.

Mid-South Healthcare Resource Tracking System
Mid-South Healthcare Resource Tracking System (Source: SCHD)
Mid-South Healthcare Resource Tracking System
Mid-South Healthcare Resource Tracking System (Source: SCHD)
Mid-South Healthcare Resource Tracking System
Mid-South Healthcare Resource Tracking System (Source: SCHD)
Healthcare Resource Tracking System
Healthcare Resource Tracking System (Source: SCHD)

Now, even with numbers beginning to plateau, Haushalter says data is still too high to loosen restrictions.

”We can continue the current order, or we can revise the current order in a sort of moderate way or in a more extreme way, so we’re considering all the options. We’re going to continue to monitor the data and use that as our driving force,” said Haushalter.

Tuesday, Shelby County reported a total of 75,016 COVID-19 cases, 508 new cases and 10 new deaths.

Both the seven and the 14 day average of cases remains above 600.

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”For our 14 days average is at 638 new cases per day, and that’s continued for some weeks to be at that level,” said Haushalter.

The positivity rate is above 17%, much higher than health officials would like.

The reproductive rate has slightly decreased to 1.03%, and based off that number Haushalter says over 10 days we can expect to see 7,112 new cases and over 30 days 19,919.

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