Coronavirus cases in Shelby County top 25,000

By , Daily Memphian Updated: August 16, 2020 2:55 PM CT | Published: August 16, 2020 12:04 PM CT

Shelby County Health Department reported 243 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday for a total of 25,046 since early March.

The positivity rate of the 1,589 reported tests is nearly 15.3%. 

The county also reports 324 deaths from complications of the virus, an increase of three since Saturday.

New case 7-day average falls to lowest point since June

Hospital capacity has improved compared to recent days. Staffed acute care beds are at 87% capacity. About 9% – 197 of patients in acute care – have coronavirus. Another 60 are being monitored for possible COVID-19.

The total number of tests performed in Shelby County since March is 230,933. The county’s total number of people who’ve had COVID-19 and recovered is 20,826.

Intensive Care Units in the metro-area are at 90% capacity. There are 44 available beds. The Health Department reports 30% of those in ICY are being treated for COVID-19.

The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,961 new cases, for a total of 133,708 statewide since early March. Additionally, 21 new deaths were reported for a total of 1,366. The total number of recoveries in the state is 92,655. The total number of tests administered in Tennessee is 1,855,015.

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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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