Coronavirus: Fewer than 200 new cases reported

By , Daily Memphian Published: April 16, 2021 11:52 AM CT

The Shelby County Health Department reported fewer than 200 new coronavirus cases on Friday, April 16.


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The 183 cases come from 3,457 tests, giving the day a positivity rate of 5.3%. No new coronavirus-related deaths were reported.

Shelby County’s coronavirus total is now 93,429 cases, including 90,232 inactive cases, 1,604 active cases and 1,593 deaths.

The latest area hospital capacity figures are current as of 5 p.m. Wednesday. At that time, there were 150 COVID-positive patients in area hospital beds, according to the Tennessee Healthcare Resource Tracking System.

According to the HRTS, 88% of area ICU and 89% of area acute care beds were in use.

About 18% of patients in area ICU beds were COVID-positive (54) or suspected of having the coronavirus (6). About 6% of patients in area acute care beds were either COVID-positive (96) or suspected of having the coronavirus (20).

And 46 area ICU and 260 area acute care beds were available.

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 state Department of Health releases statewide coronavirus figures at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tennessee’s coronavirus total is now 829,114, including 12,041 deaths, 792 current hospitalizations and 803,320 are inactive cases.

About 7.4 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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