101 more deaths, 1,777 new COVID-19 cases reported in Tennessee

SCHD: COVID-19 vaccine site coming to Whitehaven, 446 new cases in Shelby Co.

Shelby Co. COVID-19 Joint Task Force meeting, Jan. 28

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Tennessee reported 101 more COVID-19 deaths Thursday and 1,777 new cases.

There are just more than 36,000 active cases across the state, according to data from the Tennessee Department of Health.

So far, 717,583 Tennesseans have contracted the virus, 9,417 have died and 672,110 cases are now inactive.

TDH reports 1,857 are currently hospitalized with complications from the virus.

As of Thursday, 578,954 Tennesseans have received the vaccine, according to TDH. About 6.34 percent of the state’s population have received at least one dose.

The Shelby County Health Department reported 446 new coronavirus cases and 13 more COVID-19 deaths across the county on Thursday.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 81,600 coronavirus cases and 1,241 deaths have been reported across Shelby County. There are currently 4,419 active coronavirus cases, and 2,219 contacts have been identified within the last 14 days countywide.

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During Thursday’s COVID-19 Joint Task Force meeting, the Shelby County Health Department announced a new vaccine site will be coming to Whitehaven. The health department is partnering with Southwest Tennessee Community College to open the Whitehaven vaccine site.

The Whitehaven site will be open from February 5 until the 27, Tuesday to Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The site will be at 1234 Finely Rd.

Shelby Co. Health Dept. opens Whitehaven vaccine site
Shelby Co. Health Dept. opens Whitehaven vaccine site (Source: SCHD)

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

The Shelby County Health Department has 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.

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

A new health directive has taken effect in Shelby County. Health leaders said this directive would focus on “personal responsibility.”

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.

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

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 12.1%. 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 89% 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, 33,623 African-Americans have COVID-19 had in Shelby County.

Around 81% of coronavirus deaths in Shelby County had a cardiac condition, and 89.5% 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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