Coronavirus: More than 130 new cases, 6 deaths

By , Daily Memphian Published: March 06, 2021 11:57 AM CT

The Shelby County Health Department reported 131 new coronavirus cases and six additional virus-related deaths Saturday, March 6.

The 131 additional COVID-19 cases resulted from 3,740 tests, yielding a 3.5% positivity rate.

Shelby County’s updated vaccination schedule

Active cases in Shelby County stand at 1,369, an increase from the 1,302 reported Friday.

At least 116,660 people in Shelby County have received one COVID-19 vaccine dose; 53,565 people have received both coronavirus vaccine doses, meaning they are fully vaccinated. A total of 170,225 doses have been administered in Shelby County.

At the present time, Shelby County is vaccinating phase 1a1, 1a2, 1b and those aged 65 and up on an appointment-only basis. Those in phase 1c can also begin scheduling appointments. They can be scheduled online or by calling 901-222-7468 (SHOT).

Since March 2020, the Health Department has reported 88,652 total coronavirus cases and 1,523 deaths, classifying 85,760 cases as inactive/recovered.

A total of 1,036,290 COVID-19 tests have been performed in Shelby County, yielding a 10% positivity rate.

There were 196 COVID-19 patients in Memphis-area hospitals as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, the latest data available, according to Tennessee’s Healthcare Resource Tracking System. The Health Department will provide weekend hospital data in its Monday update.

Hospital capacity for ICU beds is at 92% use, and acute care beds are at 89% occupancy. The number of area ICU beds available is 32 with 265 acute care beds open.

Bed capacity is calculated by subtracting beds occupied by patients, unstaffed beds and beds that are otherwise unavailable.

Of the 196 people hospitalized, 77 are in intensive care unit beds, with 119 in acute care beds.

Those who are COVID-positive or suspected of having the virus represent 22% of ICU patients and 7% of acute care 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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