Coronavirus: New cases under 100 again, but testing jumps

By , Daily Memphian Published: September 03, 2020 10:49 AM CT
<strong>A Christ Community Health Services health care worker tests a patient for COVID-19 at First Baptist Church on Broad Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee June 19, 2020</strong>. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian)

A Christ Community Health Services health care worker tests a patient for COVID-19 at First Baptist Church on Broad Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee June 19, 2020. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian)

Yesterday’s coronavirus update saw 82 new cases from 685 tests. Today’s number of new cases is about the same, 86 — but those new cases come from nearly double the tests: 1,278.

The Shelby County Health Department reported 86 new coronavirus cases and two new related deaths on Thursday, Sept. 3.

The new data gives the day a positivity rate of 6.7%.

There were 245 COVID-positive patients in area hospital beds, as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, according to Tennessee’s Healthcare Resource Tracking System; 92 of those were in intensive care units.

According to the same HRTS data, 89% of area ICU and 90% of area acute care beds were in use; ICU bed usage had been at 86% for the past several days.

About 26% of area ICU patients were either COVID-positive (92) or suspected of having the virus (4) and 9% of area acute care patients were either COVID-positive (153) or suspected of having the virus (34).

And 46 ICU and 251 acute care beds were available.

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

As of Wednesday, Sept. 2, the agency reported 157,831 coronavirus cases, including 1,797 deaths, 7,061 hospitalizations and 120,675 recoveries.

More than 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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