Coronavirus: 10 new deaths reported

By , Daily Memphian Updated: November 12, 2020 12:31 PM CT | Published: November 12, 2020 12:31 PM CT
<strong>A Christ Community Health Services staff member waits for patients at a drive-thru coronavirus testing site on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2020 on Lamar Avenue.</strong> (Mark Weber/The Daily Memphian)

A Christ Community Health Services staff member waits for patients at a drive-thru coronavirus testing site on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2020 on Lamar Avenue. (Mark Weber/The Daily Memphian)

The Shelby County Health Department reported 10 new deaths resulting from the novel coronavirus on Thursday, Nov. 12.

Since March, 604 people in Shelby County have died from the coronavirus, according to the agency’s data.

The Health Department releases more detailed death statistics on Thursdays. 

Of the 604 fatalities, 50.5% were male, 49.5% were female. The largest age group for deaths was 75 to 84, with 152; followed by 65 to 74 with 146.

Of the 462 fatalities for which the Health Department had complete co-morbidity data, 81% had a cardiac condition, 44.6% were diabetic, 44.2% had a respiratory condition and 21.2% were obese. (People sometimes have more than one co-morbidity.)

The Health Department had racial data for 596 of the fatalities: 63.7% were Black, 30.4% were white and 6.4% were classified as “other.”

The Health Department also had ethnicity data on 589 fatalities: of those, 94.2% were non-Hispanic; 5.8% were Hispanic.

The agency also reported 257 new coronavirus cases on Thursday.

The 257 cases come from 3,518 tests, which gives the day a positivity rate of 7.3%.

In Shelby County, 594,228 coronavirus tests have been performed; 8% of them have returned a positive result. And 336,974 people have been tested for coronavirus; 12% of them have received a positive result. (The numbers differ because some people have been tested more than once.)

Shelby County’s reported coronavirus total is now 41,575 coronavirus cases, including 37,359 inactive cases (recoveries), 3,612 active cases and 604 deaths.

There were 334 COVID-positive patients in area hospitals, as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Tennessee Healthcare Resource Tracking System; 88 of them were in intensive care units.

According to the HRTS, 91% of area ICU beds and 92% of area acute care beds were in use.

About 24% of area ICU patients were either COVID-positive (88) or suspected of having coronavirus (8). About 12% of area acute care patients were COVID-positive (246) or suspected of having coronavirus (33).

And 40 area ICU and 196 area acute care beds were available.

The hospital data is reflective of all facilities in Shelby, Tipton and Lauderdale counties in Tennessee; Crittenden County, Arkansas, and DeSoto County, Mississippi.

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

As of Wednesday, the agency reported 293,381 total coronavirus cases, including 3,761 deaths, 1,713 current hospitalizations and 259,438 inactive cases (recoveries).

About 4 million coronavirus tests have been performed in Tennessee.


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Elle Perry

Elle Perry

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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