Coronavirus: After high positivity rate, numbers come back down

By , Daily Memphian Updated: September 14, 2020 10:49 AM CT | Published: September 08, 2020 9:30 AM CT
<strong>A health care worker with Christ Community Health Services tests a patient for COVID-19 at First Baptist Church on Broad Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee June 19, 2020</strong>. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian)

A health care worker with Christ Community Health Services tests a patient for COVID-19 at First Baptist Church on Broad Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee June 19, 2020. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian)

Clarification: On Monday, the Shelby County Health Department reported 125 new coronavirus cases from 161 tests, which would give the day a positivity rate of 77.6%. During the Tuesday COVID-19 Joint Task Force briefing, chief epidemiologist David Sweat said there had been a “glitch” and that the number was actually 1,500. Public information Chip Washington confirmed that the number was 1,521. That would give the day a positivity rate of 8.2%.

On Tuesday, the Health Department reported 146 new coronavirus cases from 2,572 tests, giving today a positivity rate of 5.7%.

In addition to the 146 new cases, the Shelby County Health Department reported no new related deaths on Tuesday.

The latest hospital data available was from 5 p.m. Sept. 4. At that time, 86% of area intensive care unit and 90% of area acute care beds were available.

There were also 228 COVID-positive patients in area hospitals then; 83 of those were in ICU.

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

As of Monday, Sept. 7, the agency reported 165,109 coronavirus cases, including 1,869 deaths, 826 current hospitalizations and 146,213 inactive cases/recoveries.

More than 2.3 million coronavirus tests have been performed in Tennessee. 

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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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