TDH: Over 13,000 active COVID-19 cases in Tennessee

COVID-19 Joint Task Force meeting, March 2, 2021

SHELBY CO., Tenn. (WMC) - The Tennessee Department of Health is reporting over 13,000 active COVID-19 cases across the Volunteer State.

An additional 644 cases were reported Sunday with another 15 virus-related deaths.

TDH says there has been a total of 776,337 COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic with a death toll of 11,436.

As of now, there are 884 Tennesseans battling virus complications in hospitals around the state.

The Shelby Co. Health Department has reported 42 new COVID-19 cases and zero new deaths. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 88,153 coronavirus cases have been reported and nearly 1,500 deaths. There are currently 1,227 active COVID-19 cases in Shelby Co.

More than 1 million people have been tested for coronavirus countywide.

The health department has also been monitoring COVID-19 cases surrounding Shelby County.

  • Tipton Co., TN - 6,950
  • Fayette Co., TN - 4,665
  • DeSoto Co., MS - 19,672
  • Crittenden Co., AR - 5,404

As of Tuesday morning, 140,432 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, and 97,881 have gotten at least one dose across Shelby County.

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

The Shelby County Health Department is currently in Phase 1b of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan. This makes vaccines available to residents 65 years and older, teachers and childcare staff, first responders, healthcare workers, and funeral home staff.

Make your appointment with the health department to get a vaccine by clicking here.

Other providers are also offering vaccines to priority groups.

  • Veteran’s Administration: Now vaccinating all veterans age 65 and older at the VA Medical Center at 1030 Jefferson Avenue. Veterans must be enrolled with the VA at www.va.gov to receive a vaccination.
  • Walmart: Now vaccinating those in groups 1a & 1b. To schedule an appointment, go to https://www.walmart.com/cp/1228302.
  • Kroger: Now vaccinating those in groups 1a & 1b. To schedule an appointment, go to www.kroger.com/rx/guest/get-vaccinated.

Health Directive number 18 is currently in effect. This means food and beverages can be served until midnight at restaurants, customers can be seated at the bar with restrictions, and smoking/hookah lounges must follow the same restrictions as restaurants.

It’s been nearly one year since Shelby County Schools closed classrooms when the pandemic hit. SCS elementary students returned to in-person learning Monday morning.

This past week, SCS said they achieved their goal of vaccinating 6,000 teachers and staff members, allowing every teacher the opportunity to get the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

As of Monday at 5:00 pm, 91 percent of acute care and 93 percent of ICU beds are currently being utilized, according to the healthcare resource tracking system.

Healthcare Resource Tracking System
Healthcare Resource Tracking System (Source: SCHD)

The COVID-19 test positivity rate has increased to seven percent. The testing positivity rate is the percentage of all tests conducted that are found to be positive, according to the health department.

COVID-19 Positivity Rate in Shelby County
COVID-19 Positivity Rate in Shelby County (Source: SCHD)

The health department is tracking COVID-19 clusters at multiple long-term care facilities across the county.

Long-term care facilities with COVID-19 clusters
Long-term care facilities with COVID-19 clusters (Source: SCHD)
Shelby Co. covid-19 cases across corrections facilities in Shelby Co.
Shelby Co. covid-19 cases across corrections facilities in Shelby Co. (Source: SCHD)

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