Coronavirus: More than 160 cases reported, 9 deaths

By , Daily Memphian Updated: April 09, 2021 10:13 AM CT | Published: April 09, 2021 10:13 AM CT

For the second consecutive day, the Shelby County Health Department reported at least 150 new COVID-19 cases.

The health agency reported 161 new cases and nine additional coronavirus deaths in its daily update Friday, April 9.

The 161 additional cases came from 3,959 tests, yielding a 4.1% positivity rate for the day. 


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Active cases in Shelby County stand at 1,176, an increase of 45 from the 1,131 reported Thursday.

A total of 260,098 people are vaccinated in Shelby County. The number of people partially vaccinated is 116,028, while 144,070 people are fully vaccinated.

Overall, the local Health Department has reported 92,219 total coronavirus cases and 1,584 deaths, classifying 89,459 cases as inactive/recovered.


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More than 1.1 million COVID-19 tests have been performed in Shelby County, yielding a 10% positivity rate.

There were 135 COVID-19 patients in Memphis-area hospitals as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, the latest data available, according to Tennessee’s Healthcare Resource Tracking System.

Hospital capacity for ICU beds is at 90% use, and acute care beds are at 93% occupancy. The number of area ICU beds available is 39 with 168 acute care beds open.

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

Of the 135 COVID patients, 48 are in intensive care unit beds, with 87 in acute care beds.

Those who are COVID-positive or suspected of having the virus represent about 15% of ICU patients and 5% of acute care patients.

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Omer Yusuf

Omer Yusuf

Omer Yusuf covers Bartlett and North Memphis neighborhoods for The Daily Memphian. He also analyzes COVID-19 data each week. Omer is a former Jackson Sun reporter and University of Memphis graduate.

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