SCHD cancels COVID-19 vaccines scheduled for today due to inclement weather, 1,624 new cases statewide

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Shelby County Health Department reported 190 new COVID-19 cases Thursday with eight more virus-related deaths countywide.

Shelby County has had 85,594 total cases and 1,406 deaths since the start of the pandemic. About 81,200 of those cases are now considered inactive.

The county has also administered more than 981,900 coronavirus tests.

COVID-19 vaccines planned to be administered by the Shelby County Health Department today have been rescheduled for tomorrow. All Shelby County Health Department facilities are closed today.

Along with a presumptive positive UK variant of COVID-19 in Shelby County, there’s also a presumptive positive for the Brazilian strain in Shelby County. Both are currently under investigation and has not been officially confirmed.

At this time, more than 86,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered by the Shelby Co. Health Dept. Of those doses, more than 62,900 people have been given at least one dose and two doses have been given to at least 23,100.

Coronavirus vaccines are now available to those ages 70 and up in Shelby County. The health department made this announcement last week during a task force briefing.

Vaccinations continue for people in the 1a1 and 1a2 groups as well. Click here to read who is eligible, how to sign up and where to get your vaccine. Supplies remain limited.

Call 901-222-SHOT (7468) for more information.

Shelby Co. COVID-19 vaccine information
Shelby Co. COVID-19 vaccine information (Source: SCHD)

According to the health department, the test positivity rate has dropped to 9.5%. The testing positivity rate is the percentage of all tests conducted that are found to be positive.

SCHD is tracking ongoing clusters in the following long-term care facilities:

Shelby County COVID-19 - Feb. 8
Shelby County COVID-19 - Feb. 8 (Source: WMC)

Within the Shelby County Division of Corrections, 170 inmates and 161 employees have tested positive for the virus. One person has died.

At the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Corrections, 287 detainees and 344 employees have tested positive. One employee died.

Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,624 new COVID-19 cases Thursday with 81 more virus-related deaths statewide.

Tennesee has had 752,033 total cases and 10,812 deaths since the start of the pandemic. About 716,136 of those cases are now considered inactive.

The county has also administered more than 6,547,434 coronavirus tests.

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