Shelby County Health Dept. reports 118 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday

Shelby County Health Dept. reports 118 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Shelby County Health Department reported 118 new COVID-10 cases Tuesday, April 27.

The report shows no deaths from the virus in the last 24 hours.

The numbers come as Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said in a press conference Tuesday morning that COVID-19 is no longer a statewide public health crisis. Lee announced a new executive order ending statewide public health orders, including ending mask mandates in 89 counties.

The Memphis-Shelby County COVID-19 Task Force said during a press conference Tuesday that they are looking into the governor’s new order and the impact it will have on Memphis’ mask mandate. The force will seek the opinions and advice of health experts before any changes are made.

There has been a total of 94,974 COVID-19 cases reported in Shelby County and 1,613 people in the county have died from the virus.

Shelby County is in Phase 3 of vaccinations for residents 16 and older. So far, 306,758 people have been vaccinated with 101,910 partially vaccinated.

City of Memphis CEO Doug McGowen said during the press conference that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be regularly available next week and possibly in the coming days.

Residents have the option to who up to the community vaccination site without an appointment. Although appointments are not required, they are available for those would like to schedule one. The community vaccination site is able to provide 3,000 does of the vaccine a day.

For information about vaccination sites or to book a vaccination appointment, click here.

The Tennessee Department of Health also reported a daily case increase of 1,187 new COVID-19 cases and 11 additional deaths within the last 24 hours.

TDH says there are 12,872 active cases in the state as of Tuesday afternoon.

Although hospitalizations have been on the decline, there are over 700 Tennesseans battling virus complications in Mid-South hospitals.

Tennessee has seen a total of 844,246 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic over a year ago.

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