7-day case average, COVID hospitalizations fall

By , Daily Memphian Published: August 17, 2020 11:24 AM CT
<strong>Christ Community Health Center medical staff collect nasal swabs as hundreds of Memphians line up for COVID-19 testing at its site in Hickory Hill on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.</strong> (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian)

Christ Community Health Center medical staff collect nasal swabs as hundreds of Memphians line up for COVID-19 testing at its site in Hickory Hill on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian)

Both the 7-day moving average of newly reported coronavirus cases in Shelby County and the number of COVID-positive patients who are hospitalized in the area have fallen.

The 7-day moving case average is now 209.

The Shelby County Health Department reported 229 new coronavirus cases and four new related deaths on Monday, Aug. 17.

Those 229 new cases come from 2,181 tests, giving the day a positivity rate of 10.5%.

Shelby County’s reported total is now 25,275 coronavirus cases, including 328 deaths, 20,942 recoveries and 4,005 active cases. 

The number of COVID-positive patients in area hospitals is 308, as of Sunday, Aug. 16, according to the state’s Healthcare Resource Tracking System.

According to the state’s HRTS, there were 52 intensive care unit beds and 321 acute care beds available in area hospitals.

About 34% of area ICU patients were either COVID-positive (123) or under investigation (10) for the virus. And 11% of area acute care patients were either COVID-positive (185) or suspected of having the virus (49).

According to the same HRTS data, 88% of ICU beds and 87% of acute care beds were in use at area hospitals.

The state’s Department of Health reports statewide coronavirus figures at 2 p.m. daily.

As of Sunday, Aug. 16, the agency reported 133,708 coronavirus cases, including 1,366 deaths, 5,847 hospitalizations and 92,655 recoveries.

More than 1.8 million coronavirus tests have been administered 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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