Shelby County reports 497 new cases of COVID-19

By , Daily Memphian Updated: January 17, 2021 2:24 PM CT | Published: January 17, 2021 11:21 AM CT

Shelby County reported 497 new cases of the novel coronavirus Sunday, Jan. 17.

The total number of cases since early March now totals 77,566.

The new cases come from a reported 4,107 tests for a daily positivity rate of 12.1%.


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The health department reported 12 new deaths for a total of 1,127.

It estimates 69,755 of people with COVID-19 have recovered and 6,684 currently have the virus.

Hospital capacity continues to be tight. The most recent data is from Thursday at 5 p.m. when 533 COVID-patients were in area hospitals, 149 of those were in intensive care.

Of the staffed ICU beds in area-hospitals, 94% are occupied, and 26 are available.

The Tennessee Department of Health reports its data daily at 2 p.m. Saturday it reported a total of 680,847 cases and 605,596 of those have recovered. The state also reports 8,355 fatalities.


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The state also updates its vaccine data twice per week. As of Friday 330,775 vaccines have been administered and 42,851 people have received both doses of a vaccine.

Shelby County has limited availability of the vaccine at this time and all appointments for January are filled. The Health Department has not yet announced appointments for February. 

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Abigail Warren

Abigail Warren

Abigail Warren is a lifelong resident of Shelby County and a graduate of the University of Memphis. She has worked for several local publications and covers the suburbs for The Daily Memphian.


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