Positivity rate of newest tests dips to 6.6%

By , Daily Memphian Updated: August 02, 2020 2:44 PM CT | Published: August 02, 2020 11:44 AM CT

Shelby County reported 194 new cases of coronavirus Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020.

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The new cases come from a reported 2,926 tests. The positivity rate of the newly reported tests is much lower than previous days at 6.6%. The positivity rate for tests released Friday, July 31, was 19%, and on Thursday, July 30, it was 53.4%. 

The number of cases in Shelby County since early March now totals 21,655. The Health Department reports 16,146 people have recovered, and 5,225 of the cases are active.

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Sunday the Health Department also reported four additional deaths from complications of the virus for a total of 284.

Shelby County Health Department said 89% of staffed acute care beds are in use, and 11% of those in acute care are COVID-19 patients. The Health Department reports about 88% of more than 440 ICU beds in the area are in use, and 32% of those patients have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Tennessee Department of Health reports 109,627 cases, and more 1,277 of them are probable cases. Additionally, it reports 1,073 deaths, 1,036 of them are linked to coronavirus while 37 of them are listed as probable.

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Abigail Warren

Abigail Warren

Abigail Warren is a lifelong resident of Shelby County and a graduate of the University of Memphis. She has worked for several local publications and covers the suburbs for The Daily Memphian.


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