Shelby County coronavirus cases hit new daily high

By , Daily Memphian Updated: July 20, 2020 8:20 AM CT | Published: July 14, 2020 10:31 AM CT
<strong>A health care worker pulls out a fresh testing swab before administering a COVID-19 test at Christ Community Health's drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in Whitehaven April 13, 2020.</strong> (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian)

A health care worker pulls out a fresh testing swab before administering a COVID-19 test at Christ Community Health's drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in Whitehaven April 13, 2020. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian)

There are 700 more coronavirus cases and one additional death resulting from the disease, the Shelby County Health Department reported this morning. 

Seven hundred is the highest single-day increase to date and comes 10 days after the Fourth of July holiday. 

The total is now 14,555 cases and 223 deaths, according to the same data; 9,435 are considered recovered. 

Those 700 new cases come from 5,233 tests, a positivity rate of 13.4%. 

In Shelby County 161,069 coronavirus tests have been administered, with an overall positivity rate of 9.03%.

Within the region, 89% of acute care beds are being used, as of 5 p.m. July 13, according to the state’s Health Resource Tracking System. 

Data is reflective of hospitals in Shelby, Lauderdale and Tipton counties in Tennessee, Crittenden County in Arkansas, and Desoto County in Mississippi.

With those numbers, 291 acute care beds are available.

Of 2,200 patients in acute care beds, 195 of them are COVID-19 positive and another 96 are under investigation for the virus, meaning about 13% of acute care patients are either COVID-19 positive or under investigation for the virus.

Within the region, 85% of ICU beds are being used; 67 ICU beds are available.

Of 369 patients in ICU beds, 113 are COVID-19 positive and another 31 are under investigation for the virus, meaning 39% of ICU patients are either COVID-19 positive or under investigation for the virus.

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

As of Monday, July 13, the agency reported 65,274 coronavirus cases, including 749 deaths, 3,284 hospitalizations and 36,996 considered recovered.

About 1.1 million coronavirus tests have been administered in Tennessee. 

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Elle Perry

Elle Perry

Elle Perry serves as digital desk maanger. 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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