Coronavirus: Hospitalizations remain above 500 mark

By , Daily Memphian Published: December 03, 2020 12:11 PM CT

The number of patients hospitalized with coronavirus remains above 500 for the third day in a row.

There were 501 COVID-positive patients in area hospitals as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec.2, according to the Tennessee Healthcare Resource Tracking System.

According to the HRTS, 90% of area intensive care unit beds and 93% of area acute care beds were in use.

About 38% of area ICU patients were either COVID-positive (134) or suspected of having coronavirus (8). About 18% of area acute care patients were either COVID-positive (367) or suspected of having coronavirus (38). 

And 43 area ICU beds and 176 area acute care beds were available.

The capacity figures are inclusive of all hospital facilities in Shelby, Tipton and Lauderdale counties in Tennessee; Crittenden County, Arkansas; and DeSoto County, Mississippi.

The Shelby County Health Department reported 368 new coronavirus cases and 11 new related deaths on Thursday, Dec. 3.

The 368 cases come from 3,251 tests, giving the day a positivity rate of 11.3%.

In Shelby County, 375,846 people have been tested for coronavirus; about 13% have received positive results. And 680,615 tests have been performed; about 9% have returned positive results. The total numbers differ because some people have been tested more than once.

Shelby County’s reported coronavirus total is now 49,631, including 3,551 active cases, 45,397 inactive cases (recoveries) and 683 deaths.

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

As of Wednesday, the agency reported 384,285 coronavirus cases, including 4,688 deaths, 2,473 current hospitalizations and 342,115 inactive cases (recoveries).

About 4.6 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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