Number of patients hospitalized for coronavirus increases

By , Daily Memphian Updated: July 29, 2020 11:10 AM CT | Published: July 29, 2020 11:05 AM CT
<strong>National Guard medics collect nasal swabs as hundreds of Memphians line up for COVID-19 testing at the Christ Community testing site in Frayser on April 25, 2020.</strong> (Jim Weber/Daily Memphian file)

National Guard medics collect nasal swabs as hundreds of Memphians line up for COVID-19 testing at the Christ Community testing site in Frayser on April 25, 2020. (Jim Weber/Daily Memphian file)

The number of patients hospitalized in regional hospitals is 363, as of Tuesday, July 28, according to the state’s Healthcare Resource Tracking System. 

That number has increased daily since July 21. 

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, the HRTS reported 89% of regional intensive care beds are being used, compared to 88% the day prior. 

Of the 393 patients in regionals ICUs, 127 are COVID-positive and 14 are suspected of having the virus, meaning that about 36% are either COVID-positive or suspected of having the virus.

And 47 ICU beds are available. 

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, the HRTS reported 90% of regional acute care beds are in use, compared to 89% the day prior. 

Of the 2,189 patients in regional acute care beds, 236 are COVID-positive and 86 are suspected of having the virus, meaning that about 15% are either COVID-positive or suspected of having the virus.

And 232 acute care beds are available. 

The hospital data above is inclusive of hospitals in Shelby, Lauderdale and Tipton counties in Tennessee; Crittenden County, Arkansas and DeSoto County, Mississippi.

On Wednesday, July 29, the Shelby County Health Department reported 362 new coronavirus cases from 2,744 tests, which gives the day a positivity rate of 13.2%. 

The overall positivity rate for Shelby County is 10.2%

The Health Department reported five new deaths resulting from the coronavirus. The reported totals for the county are 20,056 coronavirus cases, 268 deaths and 14,386 recoveries. There are now 5,402 active cases.

In Shelby County, 196,936 coronavirus tests have been administered.

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

As of Tuesday, July 28, the agency reported 99,044 coronavirus cases, including 999 deaths, 4,372 hospitalizations and 59,760 recoveries.

In Tennessee, 1.4 million coronavirus tests have been administered.

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Shelby County Health Department Tennessee Healthcare Resource Tracking System Tennessee Department of Health
Elle Perry

Elle Perry

Elle Perry is a reporter and digital producer. The Memphis native and two-time University of Memphis graduate has written for publications including The Memphis Business Journal, Memphis Flyer and High Ground News, and previously served as coordinator of The Teen Appeal.


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