Coronavirus: Hospitalizations continue to climb

By , Daily Memphian Updated: November 04, 2020 12:06 PM CT | Published: November 04, 2020 12:06 PM CT

The number of COVID-positive patients in area hospitals continues to rise.

There were 316 COVID-positive people in area hospital beds as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Tennessee Healthcare Resource Tracking System; 94 were in intensive care units.

According to the HRTS, 92% of area ICU beds and 90% of area acute care beds were in use.

About 26% of area ICU patients were either COVID-positive (94) or suspected of having coronavirus (5). About 11% of area acute care patients were either COVID-positive (222) or suspected of having coronavirus (25).

And 35 area ICU beds and 239 area acute care beds were available.

The Shelby County Health Department reported 124 new coronavirus cases and six new COVID-related deaths on Wednesday, Nov. 4.

The 124 new cases come from 1,371 tests, which gives the day a positivity rate of 9%.

In Shelby County, 564,334 coronavirus tests have been performed; 8% have had positive results. And 323,743 people have been tested for coronavirus; 12% have received positive results. (Some people have been tested for coronavirus multiple times.)

Shelby County’s reported coronavirus total is now 38,476 cases including 35,170 inactive cases (recoveries), 2,726 active cases and 580 deaths.

The Tennessee Department of Health releases statewide coronavirus numbers at 2 p.m. daily.

As of Tuesday, the agency reported 266,357 coronavirus cases, including 3,454 deaths, 1,461 current hospitalizations and 237,736 inactive cases (recoveries).

About 3.7 million coronavirus tests have been performed in Tennessee.


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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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