Shelby County reports highest daily increase of COVID-19 cases

By , Daily Memphian Updated: December 12, 2020 4:47 PM CT | Published: December 12, 2020 11:56 AM CT

The Shelby County Health Department reported 930 new COVID-19 cases, its highest daily increase to date, in its daily update Saturday, Dec. 12.

Two of the five highest daily increases have occurred in the past three days. The Health Department also reported five new coronavirus-related deaths.

The 930 coronavirus cases came from 8,187 test results, yielding a 11.4% positivity rate. Test results, however, are not reflective of the previous 24-hour period and include tests over multiple days.

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Overall, the Health Department has reported 54,234 total coronavirus cases and 731 deaths, classifying 49,397 cases as inactive/recovered. Active cases in Shelby County stand at 4,106, an increase of nearly 800 from the 3,311 reported Friday.

Since March, a total of 720,247 coronavirus tests have been performed in Shelby County, yielding an 9% positivity rate.

There were 469 COVID-19 patients in Memphis area hospitals as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to Tennessee’s Healthcare Resource Tracking System. The Health Department will provide hospital information for Friday through Sunday in Monday’s daily update.

Of the 469 people hospitalized, 329 are in acute care beds, with 140 in intensive care unit beds.

Hospital capacity for acute care beds is at 91% use, and ICU beds are at 93% occupancy.

Those who are COVID-positive or suspected of having the virus represent 18% of acute care patients and 36% of ICU patients.


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Omer Yusuf

Omer Yusuf

Omer Yusuf covers Bartlett and North Memphis neighborhoods for The Daily Memphian. He also analyzes COVID-19 data each week. Omer is a former Jackson Sun reporter and University of Memphis graduate.


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