As numbers soar, ICU capacity hovers near 90%

By , Daily Memphian Updated: July 20, 2020 4:44 AM CT | Published: July 19, 2020 11:43 AM CT

Shelby County Health Department reported 469 positive novel coronavirus cases Sunday for a total of 16,463 since early March.

Shelby County sees positive COVID-19 cases rise

The Health Department reported 2,964 new tests and the daily positivity rate was 15.8%.

Additionally, the state reported six new deaths from viral complications for a total of 241.

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ICU capacity in the region is at 89%, slightly less than prior days. The Health Department reports there are 48 beds available. Of those in ICU, 113, 29%, are being treated for COVID-19. An additional 23 are being monitored for COVID symptoms.

ICU utilization up almost 5% since last week

More than 90% of ICU beds in use in regional hospitals

Acute care is not as tight as days prior at 89% capacity. There are 271 acute care beds available. About 10% of those in acute care beds are being treated for COVID-19. 

Statewide data from Tennessee Department of Health is released at 2 p.m. daily. Saturday 2.517 new cases were reported for a total of 76,336 confirmed cases since March. The state also reports 838 fatalities. A total of 3,649 people have been hospitalized, and 87 of those were new Saturday.

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Abigail Warren

Abigail Warren

Abigail Warren is a lifelong resident of Shelby County and a graduate of the University of Memphis. She has worked for several local publications and covers the suburbs for The Daily Memphian.


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