Coronavirus: Number of hospitalized patients nears 300

By , Daily Memphian Updated: November 02, 2020 12:00 PM CT | Published: November 02, 2020 11:58 AM CT
<strong>Christ Community Health Services staff members collect nasal swabs during at a drive-thru coronavirus testing site on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2020 on Lamar Avenue.</strong> (Mark Weber/The Daily Memphian)

Christ Community Health Services staff members collect nasal swabs during at a drive-thru coronavirus testing site on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2020 on Lamar Avenue. (Mark Weber/The Daily Memphian)

The number of COVID-positive patients in area hospital beds was approaching 300 by 5 p.m. Nov. 1.

It was August when the number of hospitalized coronavirus patients last reached 300. On Aug. 17, there were 311 COVID patients in area hospitals, with 124 in intensive care units.

There were 297 COVID-positive patients hospitalized as of 5 p.m. Sunday, according to the Tennessee Healthcare Resource Tracking System; 89 were in ICUs.

According to the HRTS, 89% of area ICU beds and 88% of area acute care beds were in use.

About 26% of area ICU patients were either COVID-positive (89) or suspected of having coronavirus (5). About 12% of area acute care patients were either COVID-positive (208) or suspected of having coronavirus (46)

And 47 area ICU beds and 283 area acute care beds were available.

The Shelby County Health Department reported less than 100 new coronavirus cases on Monday, Nov. 2, but those cases come from less than 1,000 tests.

The agency reported 80 new coronavirus cases and no new related deaths on Monday.

The 80 cases come from 911 tests, giving the day a positivity rate of 8.8%.

In Shelby County, 556,237 coronavirus tests have been performed; 8% of those have returned a positive result. And 320,811 people have been tested for coronavirus; 12% of those have received a positive result. (The numbers differ because some individuals have been tested more than once.)

Shelby County’s reported coronavirus total is now 37,953 cases, including 2,620 active cases, 34,760 inactive cases (recoveries) and 573 deaths.

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

As of Sunday, the agency reported 261,426 coronavirus cases, including 3,353 deaths, 1,296 current hospitalizations and 233,175 inactive cases (recoveries).

About 3.7 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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