Shelby County July coronavirus death toll exceeds 80

By , Daily Memphian Published: July 31, 2020 11:09 AM CT

For the month of July, the Shelby County Health Department has reported 83 coronavirus-related deaths. That compares to 76 in June, 59 in May and 44 in April.

Nineteen deaths have been reported since July 23.

The total number of Shelby County coronavirus deaths reported is now 275. The reported coronavirus case count stands at 20,797, including 15,346 recoveries. There are 5,176 active cases.

The Health Department reported 415 new cases from 2,188 tests on Friday, giving the day a positivity rate of 19%. The overall positivity rate, or percentage of tests that are positive, is now 10.4%.

As of 5 p.m. Thursday, July 30, there were 344 patients hospitalized for coronavirus in the region, according to the state’s Healthcare Resource Tracking System.

According to the HRTS, 88% of regional intensive care unit beds were being used, the same as the day prior.

Of the 392 patients in regional ICUs, 120 were COVID-positive and another 31 were suspected of having the virus, meaning that about 39% of patients were either COVID-positive or suspected of having the virus.

And 55 ICU beds were available.

According to the HRTS, 90% of regional acute care beds were being used, down from 91% the day prior. 

Of the 2,194 patients in regional acute care beds, 224 were COVID-positive and another 201 were suspected of having the virus, meaning that about 19% were either COVID-positive or were suspected of having the virus.

And 237 acute care beds were available.

The hospital data above is inclusive of hospitals in Shelby, Tipton and Lauderdale counties in Tennessee; Crittenden County, Arkansas and DeSoto County, Mississippi.

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

As of Thursday, July 30, the agency reported 102,871 cases, including 1,033 deaths, 4,572 hospitalizations and 64,234 recoveries.

In Tennessee, 1.5 million coronavirus tests have been administered.

Reporter Omer Yusuf contributed to this article.


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Elle Perry

Elle Perry

A native Memphian, Elle Perry has earned graduate degrees from the University of Memphis and Maryland Institute College of Art. She’s 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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