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Shelby County Health Department reports 160 new COVID-19 cases

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - July 19
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - July 19(SCHD)
Published: Jul. 19, 2021 at 9:58 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 19, 2021 at 12:13 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Shelby County Health Department reported 160 new COVID-19 cases Monday morning with an active case count of 1,572.

The active case count remained below 1,000 for over a month beginning Friday, May 28, but topped that marker on July 12 and is continuing on an upward trend.

The hope for the county to reach 100 days below 100 cases was crushed last week as the Shelby County Health Department reported a daily COVID-19 case increase of 142 on July 9.

As of Monday, the health department reported the 7-day rolling average is 155 new cases per day, and the number continues to increase as officials report 100+ cases each day.

Health department data shows the 7-day test positivity rate for the week of July 4 through July 10 is at 9.4% up from the 5.8% for the previous week. It peaked at 17.9 percent in the first few days of the year.

Health officials worry the positivity rate will keep climbing as the Delta variant begins to surge across the Mid-South region.

In a press conference on Thursday SCHD’s Dr. Bruce Randolph said anywhere from 70 to 80 percent of these new cases could be the Delta variant, as the transmission rate has climbed from .72 to 1.52 in recent weeks. This is the highest the transmission rate has been since April 2020.

SCHD reported one additional virus-related death Monday morning.

Shelby County has had 101,617 total cases and 1,701 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

A total of 714,361 vaccines have been administered with 399,456 people now fully vaccinated. The county’s goal is 700,000 people fully vaccinated to reach herd immunity.

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