Year 1 of the novel coronavirus pandemic, by the numbers

By , Daily Memphian Updated: March 08, 2021 11:17 AM CT | Published: March 08, 2021 4:00 AM CT

A year ago, the novel coronavirus pandemic landed in Shelby County. Here’s a look back at local milestones.


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March 8, 2020: First reported case in Shelby County

March 24, 2020: 100 reported cases in Shelby County

March 28, 2020: First reported death in Shelby County

April 10, 2020: 1,000 reported cases in Shelby County

May 27, 2020: 100 reported deaths in Shelby County

May 31, 2020: 5,000 reported cases in Shelby County

July 1, 2020: 10,000 reported cases in Shelby County

Oct. 9, 2020: 500 reported deaths in Shelby County

Dec. 5, 2020: 50,000 reported cases in Shelby County

Dec. 17, 2020: First Memphis COVID-19 vaccinations administered

Jan. 2, 2021: Highest one-day increase in new cases

Jan. 6, 2021: Highest number of COVID-positive patients in area hospitals (661 total: 497 in acute care beds, 164 in intensive care unit beds)

Jan. 8, 2021: 1,000 reported deaths in Shelby County

March 1, 2021: More than 10% of Shelby County residents had received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose

March 3, 2021: 1,500 reported deaths in Shelby County

March 3, 2021: 100,000 people in Shelby County had received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose

As of Friday, March 5, the Shelby County coronavirus total was 88,521 cases including 1,517 deaths. As of that date, 113,793 people in Shelby County had received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose; 164,472 doses had been administered total.

That means more than 12% of Shelby County residents have received at least one COVID-19 dose through March 5.

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