Coronavirus: New cases almost double from yesterday but stay under 300

By , Daily Memphian Published: August 27, 2020 11:33 AM CT
<strong>Christ Community Health Services staff members Blake Chastain (left) and Derico Miller (right) set up a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site on Friday, April 17, 2020 in the Mendenhall Square Shopping Center.</strong> (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian)

Christ Community Health Services staff members Blake Chastain (left) and Derico Miller (right) set up a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site on Friday, April 17, 2020 in the Mendenhall Square Shopping Center. (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian)

Yesterday’s number of new coronavirus cases was 128 while today’s newest figures put that number at 247. 

The number of COVID-positive patients in area hospitals, 259, is also 9 higher than the day prior. The additional patients were all in area intensive care unit beds.

About 27% of area ICU patients were either COVID-positive (100) or suspected of having the virus (3), as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, according to the state’s Healthcare Resource Tracking System. 

And, about 9% of area acute care patients were either COVID-positive (159) or suspected of having the virus (25).

According to the same HRTS data, 87% of ICU beds and 81% of acute care beds were in use at area hospitals. The day prior those percentages were 87% of ICU beds and 90% of acute care beds.

According to the state’s HRTS, there were 54 ICU beds and 481 acute care beds available in area hospitals.

The Shelby County Health Department reported 247 new coronavirus cases and three new related deaths on Thursday, Aug. 27.

Those 247 new cases come from 1,997 tests, giving the day a positivity rate of 12.3%.

Shelby County’s reported total is now 26,903 coronavirus cases and 370 deaths.

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

As of Wednesday, Aug. 26, the agency reported 147,353 coronavirus cases including 1,648 deaths, 6,603 hospitalizations and 109,765 recoveries.

About 2.1 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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