COVID-19: 1,312 new cases, 9 deaths reported in Tennessee

SHELBY CO., Tenn. (WMC) - The Tennessee Department of Health has reported 1,312 new COVID-19 cases and nine new deaths. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 782,206 coronavirus cases have been reported and 11,543 deaths. There are currently 756,793 active COVID-19 cases in Tennessee

The Shelby Co. Health Department has reported 131 new COVID-19 cases and six new deaths. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 88,652 coronavirus cases have been reported and 1,523 deaths. There are currently 1,369 active COVID-19 cases in Shelby County.

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 - 6,972
  • Fayette Co., TN - 4,686
  • DeSoto Co., MS - 19,814
  • Crittenden Co., AR - 5,427

As of Sunday morning, 170,225 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, and 116,660 have gotten at least one dose across Shelby County.

Shelby County COVID-19 - March 6, 2021
Shelby County COVID-19 - March 6, 2021 (Source: WMC)

The Shelby County Health Department is currently in Phase 1b of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan, however, the health department plans to move to Phase 1c on Monday.

Phase 1c includes residents who are 16 years old and older with health conditions that put them at risk of serious illness from COVID-19. According to the SCHD, the age eligibility will remain at 65 and older.

Serious chronic health conditions covered under phase 1C include:

  • chronic renal disease
  • COPD, pulmonary fibrosis or moderate-severe asthma; obesity (BMI>30)
  • heart conditions, including heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, and hypertension
  • sickle cell disease
  • cerebrovascular disease or stroke
  • dementia
  • liver disease

The vaccine will also be made available to caregivers of people with high-risk medical conditions and women who are pregnant.

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.

The Shelby County Health Department released a map showing zip codes with the highest COVID-19 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)

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.

Related | SCS elementary students return to in-person learning after nearly one year

As of Wednesday at 5:00 pm, 89 percent of acute care and 92 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 dropped to five percent. The testing positivity rate is the percentage of all tests conducted that are found to be positive, according to the health department.

Shelby County COVID-19 - March 6, 2021
Shelby County COVID-19 - March 6, 2021 (Source: WMC)

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 County COVID-19 - March 6, 2021
Shelby County COVID-19 - March 6, 2021 (Source: WMC)

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