TDH: 1,129 new COVID-19 cases in Tennessee

History of COVID-19: The new coronavirus

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,129 new COVID-19 cases Sunday with 18 virus-related deaths statewide.

Tennessee has had 765,137 total cases and 11,113 deaths since the start of the pandemic. About 737,635 of those cases are now considered inactive.

Shelby County Health Department reported 86 new COVID-19 cases Sunday with five more virus-related deaths countywide.

Health department locations and many businesses have been closed this week because of the winter storm, meaning testing has slowed.

Since the start of the pandemic, the county has administered more than 1 million coronavirus tests.

Shelby County has had 86,865 total cases and 1,459 deaths since the start of the pandemic. Over 83,000 of those cases are now considered inactive.

There are currently 1,562 active COVID-19 cases in Shelby County.

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Vaccine sites closed in Shelby Co.
Vaccine sites closed in Shelby Co. (Source: SCHD)

More than 104,300 total doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered across Shelby County. About 74,600 people have gotten at least one dose and 29,745 have gotten two doses.

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.

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

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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 6.4 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 numbers - Feb. 21, 2021
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Feb. 21, 2021 (Source: WMC)

Within the Shelby County Division of Corrections, 178 inmates and 163 employees have tested positive for the virus. One person has died.

At the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Corrections, 288 detainees and 350 employees have tested positive. One employee died.

The Shelby County Health Department has listed 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)

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