Coronavirus: 15 new deaths reported

By , Daily Memphian Updated: January 22, 2021 11:43 AM CT | Published: January 22, 2021 11:43 AM CT
<strong>Christ Community Health Services staff members collect nasal swabs at a Lamar Avenue drive-thru coronavirus testing site on Dec. 23, 2020.</strong> (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian)

Christ Community Health Services staff members collect nasal swabs at a Lamar Avenue drive-thru coronavirus testing site on Dec. 23, 2020. (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian)

The Shelby County Health Department reported 337 new coronavirus cases and 15 new related deaths on Friday, Jan. 22.

The 337 cases come from 4,172 tests, giving the day a positivity rate of 8.1%.


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Shelby’s reported coronavirus total is now 79,388 cases, including 73,049 recoveries, 5,170 active cases and 1,169 deaths.

There were 490 COVID-positive patients in area hospital beds as of 5 p.m. Thursday, according to the Tennessee Healthcare Resource Tracking System. 

According to the HRTS, 94% of area ICU and 88% of area acute-care beds were in use.

About 37% of patients in area ICU beds were COVID-positive (145) or suspected of having the coronavirus (2). About 19% of patients in area acute-care beds were either COVID-positive (345) or suspected of having the coronavirus (46).

And 26 area ICU and 279 area acute-care beds were available.


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Bed capacity is calculated by subtracting beds occupied by patients, unstaffed beds and beds that are otherwise unavailable.

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

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

As of Wednesday, Tennessee’s reported coronavirus total is 697,783 cases, including 8,684 deaths, 2,513 current hospitalizations and 639,444 inactive cases (recoveries).

About 6.1 million coronavirus tests have been performed in Tennessee.

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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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