Coronavirus: Area hospital bed usage drops

By , Daily Memphian Updated: August 14, 2020 11:07 AM CT | Published: August 14, 2020 11:07 AM CT
<strong>Gwen Reese, Director of Quality and Patient Safety for Christ Community Health Services shows one of the swab kits being used during free COVID-19 tests at a drive-thru tent behind Christ Community's South Memphis clinic on March 21, 2020</strong>. (Jim Weber/Daily Memphian)

Gwen Reese, Director of Quality and Patient Safety for Christ Community Health Services shows one of the swab kits being used during free COVID-19 tests at a drive-thru tent behind Christ Community's South Memphis clinic on March 21, 2020. (Jim Weber/Daily Memphian)

The percentage of hospital beds being used in the area has dropped, according to state Healthcare Resource Tracking System data. According to the HRTS, 88% of area intensive care unit and 90% of acute care beds were being used, as of 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13. A day prior, 93% of area ICU beds and 92% of area acute care beds were being used. 

According to the HRTS, area hospitals had 51 ICU and 236 acute care beds available, as of Aug. 13. That’s up from 30 ICU beds and 189 acute care beds available the day prior.

The Shelby County Health Department reported 200 new coronavirus cases and three new related deaths on Friday, Aug. 14.

Shelby County’s reported total is 24,547 coronavirus cases, including 20,371 recoveries, 319 deaths and 3,857 active cases.

Those 200 new cases come from 1,794 tests, giving the day a positivity rate of 11.1%.

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

As of Thursday, Aug. 13, the agency reported 128,511 coronavirus cases, including 1,313 deaths, 5,648 hospitalizations and 89,151 recoveries.

About 1.8 million coronavirus tests have been performed in Tennessee. 

 

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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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