Coronavirus: 145 new cases, 3 additional deaths

By , Daily Memphian Updated: April 18, 2021 12:04 PM CT | Published: April 18, 2021 11:41 AM CT

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The Shelby County Health Department reported 145 new coronavirus cases and 3 additional deaths Sunday, April 18. It marks the third consecutive day of less than 200 cases. 

The new cases come from 2,369 tests, yielding a positivity rate of 6.1%.


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Overall, there have been 1,135,648 tests performed in Shelby County with a 9% positivity rate. 

Active cases in Shelby County stand at 1,671, an increase from the 1,639 reported Saturday. The department has reported 93,743 total confirmed or probable cases, with 90,473 labeled as inactive/recovered and 1,599 deaths. 

A total of 291,556 people have been vaccinated in Shelby County. Of those, 110,942 are partially vaccinated and 180,614 are fully vaccinated. 

There were 150 COVID-positive patients in Memphis-area hospitals as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, the latest data available, according to Tennessee’s Healthcare Resource Tracking System.

Hospital capacity was at 89% for both ICU beds and acute care beds. 

There were 259 staffed acute care beds available and 41 staffed ICU beds.

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

The 150 COVID-positive patients occupied 5% of acute care and 15% of ICU beds. 

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, there have been 830,484 total coronavirus cases in the state, including 12,049 deaths, and 804,501 inactive cases, as of Friday. 

About 7.4 million coronavirus tests have been performed in Tennessee.

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Daja E. Henry

Daja E. Henry is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a graduate of Howard University and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and currently is a general assignment reporter. 

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