Coronavirus: New cases over 100, third day of no new deaths

Updated with: Hospital capacity data

By , Daily Memphian Updated: March 18, 2021 5:00 PM CT | Published: March 18, 2021 1:26 PM CT

For the third day in a row, the Shelby County Health Department reported no new coronavirus-related deaths. 

On Thursday, the agency reported 141 new coronavirus cases. Those 141 cases come from 3,794 tests, giving the day a positivity rate of 3.7%.

According to the latest Health Department data, 162,017 people in Shelby County have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose; 68,418 people have received two COVID-19 vaccine doses.

And 230,435 total doses have been administered in Shelby County.

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Shelby County’s reported coronavirus total is now 89,919 cases, including 87,350 inactive cases (recoveries), 1,030 active cases and 1,539 deaths.

There were 128 COVID-positive patients in area hospital beds as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Tennessee Healthcare Resource Tracking System.

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

About 13% of patients in area ICU beds were COVID-positive (46) or suspected of having the coronavirus (3). About 4% of patients in area acute care beds were either COVID-positive (82) or suspected of having the coronavirus (25).

And 37 area ICU and 247 area acute care beds were available.

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

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As of Wednesday, March 17, Tennessee’s reported coronavirus total is 795,693 cases, including 11,658 deaths, 680 current hospitalizations and 771,464 inactive cases (recoveries).

About 7,026,813 million coronavirus tests have been performed in Tennessee.



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