MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Brazilian and South African variant of the coronavirus has been found in Shelby County according to deputy director David Sweat.
The new variant worries public health officials because it’s shown the capacity to reinfect people who’ve already had COVID-19.
On Tuesday, the Shelby County Health Department reported 93 new COVID-19 cases within the last 24 hours along with zero additional deaths.
There have been 91,130 cases and 1,567 deaths in Shelby County since the start of the pandemic.
COVID-19 cases in Tennessee increased by 837 within the last 24 hours according to the Tennessee Department of Health. Another 28 virus-related deaths were also reported Tuesday.
There has been a total of 810,529 cases with the death toll at 11,894.
With 816 people hospitalized across the state due to virus complications, there are also 12,957 active cases statewide.
TDH says there are more than 785,000 inactive/recovered cases in Tennessee.