SCHD reports over 100 new cases in Shelby County

Memphis-Shelby County Joint Task Force held a briefing today

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Shelby County reported 118 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing the state’s total since the start of the pandemic to 90,615.

The death toll stands at 1,558.

According to the Shelby County Health Department, there are just more than 1,000 active cases in the county -- 1,049 total. Another 88,008 cases are now inactive or recovered.

The county’s most recent weekly test positivity rate -- from March 7 to March 13 -- is 3.5 percent, up just slightly from 3.3 percent the week before.

Cases have been on a downward trend for the most part since the first of the year when the weekly test positivity rate peaked at 17.9 percent. Just twice since then has the county seen an increase week to week.

SCHD reports nearly 300,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered in Shelby County with more than 175,000 people receiving at least one dose.

People 45 or older and in phase 3 are currently eligible. People in the previous phases -- phase 1a1, 1a2, 1b, 1c, 2a and 2b are also still eligible. (Click here to see who’s included in those groups.)

During the first week of April, the health department expects to see an uptick in the number of available vaccines, according to Doug McGowen, City of Memphis Chief Operating Officer.

A community testing pod will be set up at Mel Rose High School this weekend with a limit of 1,000 vaccines.

Shelby County School teachers and staff will be offered first-dose vaccines in South Memphis next week.

Experts suggest that the UK variant would be the dominant strain in the Memphis and Shelby County area, however, the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine protects against it.

As shots distribution increases, the health department says supply could run out next Thursday.

Visit covid19.memphistn.gov to make an appointment.


Data from the Tennessee Department of Health shows there are 13,777 active COVID-19 cases across the Volunteer State and 815 people are currently battling the virus in Tennessee hospitals.

TDH says another 1,519 cases were reported Thursday bringing the state’s total case count to more than 806,000. Within the last 24 hours, only four additional deaths were reported.

Tennessee’s coronavirus death toll has climbed to 11,796 within the first year of the pandemic.

For more statewide COVID-19 data visit https://covid19.tn.gov/data/data-reporting/.

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