TDH: Active cases drop to 39,000 in Tennessee

220 new COVID-19 cases, 26 more deaths reported in Shelby Co.

SHELBY CO., Tenn. (WMC) - The Tennessee Department of Health reported another 3,400 new COVID-19 cases across Tennessee with an additional 154 virus-related deaths.

TDH says there has been a total of 715,806 COVID-19 cases and 9,316 deaths in Tennessee since the beginning of the pandemic.

Data shows active cases have dropped to over 39,000. And just over 2,000 Tennesseans are currently hospitalized due to complications with the virus.

The Shelby County Health Department reported 220 new coronavirus cases and 26 more COVID-19 deaths across the county on Tuesday.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 81,200 coronavirus cases and 1,228 deaths have been reported across Shelby County. There are currently 4,481 active coronavirus cases, and 2,314 contacts have been identified within the last 14 days countywide.

Coronavirus cases are also rising surrounding Shelby County. Here are the latest case counts from the outlining counties.

  • Tipton Co., TN - 6,409
  • DeSoto Co., MS - 18,020
  • Crittenden Co., AR - 4,937

The Shelby County Health Department has also developed a standby list for a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaxqueue allows you to enter your information and get on a list to receive word of any last-minute unused vaccine.

For more information on first dose vaccination appointments, click HERE.

During Tuesday’s COVID-19 Joint Task Force meeting, Dr. Judy Martin with the Shelby County Health

Health leaders also announced the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will be administered starting this week. The health department said people can start making appointments now online and by phone.

Second doses of COVID-19 vaccine in Shelby Co.
Second doses of COVID-19 vaccine in Shelby Co. (Source: SCHD)
Second dose of COVID-19 vaccine gets administered today by SCHD

These doses are specifically for seniors and first responders who got their first shots at Lindenwood Christian Church or Sycamore View Road between December 28 and January 3.

The locations and dates are listed below:

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

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

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.”

Shelby Co. Health Directive 17
Shelby Co. Health Directive 17 (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.

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

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 12%. 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, Jan. 26, at 5:00 pm, hospital capacity was still limited with 88% of acute care beds and 91% 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.

Inmates/corrections employees with COVID-19 in Shelby Co.
Inmates/corrections employees with COVID-19 in Shelby Co. (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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