Coronavirus: Less than 3% of new tests positive

By , Daily Memphian Updated: October 05, 2020 12:52 PM CT | Published: October 05, 2020 11:47 AM CT
<strong>National Guard medics and University of Tennessee Health Science Center staff collect nasal swabs as hundreds of Memphians line up for COVID-19 testing at the Christ Community testing site in Hickory Hill on May 6, 2020</strong>. (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian file)

National Guard medics and University of Tennessee Health Science Center staff collect nasal swabs as hundreds of Memphians line up for COVID-19 testing at the Christ Community testing site in Hickory Hill on May 6, 2020. (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian file)

Less than 3% of new reported coronavirus tests were positive, according to the latest Shelby County Health Department data.

Monday’s 95 new coronavirus cases came from 4,165 tests, giving the day a positivity rate of 2.3%.

The agency also reported three new coronavirus related deaths on Monday, Oct. 5.

Shelby County’s reported coronavirus total is now 32,048 cases, including 30,293 inactive cases/recoveries, 1,267 active cases and 488 deaths.

In Shelby County, 466,813 tests have been administered and 282,342 individuals have been tested. The numbers differ because the total number of tests includes people who have been tested multiple times.

As of 5 p.m. Oct. 4, there were 154 COVID-positive people in local hospital beds, per state data; 54 of those were in intensive care units.

According to the Tennessee Healthcare Resource Tracking System, 85% of area ICU and area acute care beds were in use.

About 16% of area ICU patients were either COVID-positive (54) or suspected of having the virus (1). About 6% of area acute care patients were either COVID-positive (100) or suspected of having the virus (28).

And 63 ICU and 360 acute care beds were available.

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

As of Sunday, Oct. 4, the agency reported 201,210 coronavirus cases, including 2,577 deaths, 791 current hospitalizations and 184,404 inactive cases/recoveries.

Nearly 3 million coronavirus tests have been performed in Tennessee.

 

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Shelby County Department of Health Tennessee Healthcare Resource Tracking System Tennessee Department of Health
Elle Perry

Elle Perry

Elle Perry serves as digital desk maanger. 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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