128 deaths added to Tennessee’s COVID-19 toll

Shelby Co. COVID-19 Joint Task Force meeting, Jan. 21

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Tennessee reported 128 additional deaths from COVID-19 Thursday and 3,492 new cases.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, 8,684 Tennesseans have died from complications with the virus and 697,783 have contracted it since the start of the pandemic.

There are 49,655 active cases in Tennessee while 2,513 people are currently hospitalized.

As of Monday, more than 370,895 vaccinations have occurred across the state, but only about 53,000 have received the second dose.

The Shelby County Health Department reported 432 new coronavirus cases and 14 new COVID-19 deaths across the county on Thursday.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 79,051 coronavirus cases and 1,154 deaths have been reported across Shelby County. There are currently 5,571 active coronavirus cases, and 2,565 contacts have been identified within the last 14 days countywide.

During Tuesday’s COVID-19 Joint Task Force meeting, Dr. Bruce Randolph with the Shelby County Health Department announced that a new health directive would take effect in Shelby County on Saturday. Health leaders said this directive would focus on “personal responsibility.”

Health Directive 17 for Shelby Co.
Health Directive 17 for Shelby Co. (Source: SCHD)

With Health Directive 17, restaurants can have 50 percent capacity, however, no groups over six, and parties must be spaced six feet apart. Live entertainment will be allowed, but performers must be 18 feet apart from the crowd. Dancing will not be permitted inside, but dancing is permitted outside. Masks are still recommended when not eating or drinking. Service hours still limited to 10:00 pm.

As of Saturday, more than 13,000 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered by the Shelby County Health Department, according to Dr. Judy Martin with the health department.

The health department resumed administering COVID-19 vaccines Tuesday at the Pipkin Building. If you don’t already have an appointment you’ll have to wait because all appointments for January are filled.

Shelby County remains in phase 1a1 of the vaccination plan.

Shelby Co. COVID-19 Vaccine
Shelby Co. COVID-19 Vaccine (Source: SCHD)

In Shelby County, the safer-at-home order issued in Health Directive No. 16 remains in effect until 11:59 p.m. Jan. 22. 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 14.1%. Last week the rate was 17.3% - which was the highest recorded since the beginning of the pandemic. 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, Jan. 20, at 5:00 pm, hospital capacity was still limited with 88% of acute care beds and 94% of ICU beds currently utilized.

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

The Shelby County Health Department has identified four zip codes with the highest COVID-19 case rates per 100,000 population.

Shelby Co. Total COVID-19 Case Rate per 100,000 Population
Shelby Co. Total COVID-19 Case Rate per 100,000 Population (Source: SCHD)

About 60% of the coronavirus cases in Shelby County are below the age of 44. At this time, 32,392 African-Americans have COVID-19 in Shelby County.

Around 81% of coronavirus deaths in Shelby County had a cardiac condition, and 89.6% of COVID-19 deaths were people above the age of 55.

Below is a list of ongoing 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 look at coronavirus cases across the Shelby County Division of Corrections.

Shelby Co. inmates/corrections employees with coronavirus cases
Shelby Co. inmates/corrections employees with coronavirus cases (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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