Number of COVID-positive patients in area ICUs drops to new low

By , Daily Memphian Updated: September 01, 2020 11:43 AM CT | Published: September 01, 2020 11:09 AM CT
<strong>Registered nurse Holly Cote administers COVID-19 swabs during a drive-thru testing site Thursday, June 18, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis.</strong> (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian)

Registered nurse Holly Cote administers COVID-19 swabs during a drive-thru testing site Thursday, June 18, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis. (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian)

The number of COVID-positive patients in area intensive care unit hospital beds has dropped below 90.

As of 5 p.m. Monday, there were 215 COVID-positive people in area hospitals, according to the Tennessee Healthcare Resource Tracking System; 87 of those were in ICUs. That number is the lowest it has been since the state began emailing the metric. 

According to the HRTS, 86% of area intensive care unit beds and 85% of area acute care beds were in use.

About 24% of ICU patients were either COVID-positive (87) or suspected of having the virus (3), and about 7% of acute care patients were either COVID-positive (128) or suspected of having the virus (23).

And 63 ICU and 361 acute care beds were available.

The Shelby County Health Department reported 110 new coronavirus cases and two new related deaths on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Shelby County’s reported total is now 27,697 coronavirus cases and 384 related deaths. 

Those 110 new cases come from 1,051 tests, giving the day a positivity rate of 10.5%.

The state Department of Health reports statewide coronavirus statistics at 2 p.m. daily.

As of Monday, Aug. 31, the agency reported 154,933 coronavirus cases including 1,754 deaths, 6,878 hospitalizations and 116,864 recoveries.

About 2.2 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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