COVID-19: Over 700 new cases reported in Tennessee

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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - Tennessee Department of Health reported 780 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday with 31 virus-related deaths statewide.

Tennessee has had 760,303 total cases and 10,954 deaths since the start of the pandemic. Over 729,629 of those cases are now considered inactive.

Shelby County Health Department reported 84 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday with zero virus-related deaths countywide.

Shelby County has had 86,606 total cases and 1,441 deaths since the start of the pandemic. Over 82,700 of those cases are now considered inactive.

The county has also administered more than 1 million coronavirus tests.

COVID-19 vaccines planned to be administered by the Shelby County Health Department Monday, February 15, and Tuesday, February 16 have been rescheduled for a later date.

Shelby Co. Vaccine update
Shelby Co. Vaccine update (Source: SCHD)

Shelby County vaccination sites are currently closed through Saturday due to severe winter weather conditions.

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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 100,300 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered by the Shelby Co. Health Dept. Of those doses, more than 72,200 people have been given at least one dose and two doses have been given to at least 28,123 people.

Coronavirus vaccines are now available to those ages 65 and up and teachers in Shelby County.

Related | TN Health Dept. to begin COVID-19 vaccinations of adults age 65+, teachers

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 7.4 percent. This rate has been dropping over the past few weeks. Health officials say 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. 14, 2021
Shelby County COVID-19 - Feb. 14, 2021 (Source: SCHD)

Within the Shelby County Division of Corrections, 176 inmates and 163 employees have tested positive for the virus. One person has died.

At the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Corrections, 287 detainees and 349 employees have tested positive. One employee died.

Free coronavirus testing will be offered at Latino Memphis on February 19, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Latino Memphis is located at 6041 Mt. Moriah Road, Memphis, TN 38115.

Only 150 tests will be available and you must be five years old or older to be tested.

*Note: This event could potentially be postponed due to current weather conditions.

Latino Memphis COVID-19 testing
Latino Memphis COVID-19 testing (Source: SCHD)

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