Coronavirus: Almost 90% of local ICU beds in use

By , Daily Memphian Updated: July 10, 2020 10:28 AM CT | Published: July 10, 2020 10:27 AM CT
<strong>National Guard medics collect nasal swabs as hundreds of Memphians line up for COVID-19 testing in Frayser during April.</strong> (Jim Weber/Daily Memphian file)

National Guard medics collect nasal swabs as hundreds of Memphians line up for COVID-19 testing in Frayser during April. (Jim Weber/Daily Memphian file)

As of 5 p.m. July 9, 90% of acute care and 87% of intensive care unit hospital beds are being used overall in Shelby County, according to the state’s Health Resource Tracking System.

A number greater than 90% puts each metric in the red, according to Shelby County Health Department guidelines. 

There are 317 people hospitalized for coronavirus in Shelby County, according to the HRTS.

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According to the data, 13.5% of patients in acute care beds are either COVID-positive (209) or under investigation for the virus (110); 32.2% of patients in ICU beds are either COVID-positive (108) or under investigation for the virus (26).

Also according to the data, 74% of acute care and 67% of ICU surge capacity is being used.

The health department reported 362 new coronavirus cases and six additional deaths on Friday, July 10.

That brings the total in Shelby County to 13,135 reported cases and 214 reported deaths; 8,476 people are now considered recovered from the virus. 

The 362 new cases come from 2,377 tests, a positivity rate of 15.2%.

Overall, 150,099 coronavirus tests have been administered in Shelby County.

The Tennessee Department of Health reports coronavirus figures at 2 p.m. daily. 

As of July 9, the agency reported 57,591 cases, including 710 deaths, 3,088 hospitalizations and 33,609 recoveries. 

In Tennessee, 972,276 coronavirus tests have been administered.

Reporter Omer Yusuf contributed to this article.

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Elle Perry

Elle Perry

The Memphis native and two-time University of Memphis graduate has written for publications including The Memphis Business Journal, Memphis Flyer and High Ground News, and previously served as coordinator of The Teen Appeal.


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