Coronavirus: More than 150 new cases reported

By , Daily Memphian Updated: May 08, 2021 11:44 AM CT | Published: May 07, 2021 12:30 PM CT

The Shelby County Health Department reported 155 new coronavirus cases on Friday, May 7 and no new related deaths.

The number of tests was unavailable, making the day’s positivity rate unavailable. 

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Shelby County’s reported coronavirus total is now 96,376 cases, including 93,174 inactive cases,1,574 active cases and 1,628 deaths.

The latest hospital capacity publicly available is current as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 5. 

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There were 217 COVID-positive patients in area hospital beds at that time, according to the Tennessee Healthcare Resource Tracking System. 

According to the HRTS, 91% of area ICU and area acute care beds were in use.

About 23% of patients in area ICU beds were COVID-positive (80) or suspected of having the coronavirus (3). About 7% of patients in area acute care beds were either COVID-positive (137) or suspected of having the coronavirus (25).

And 37 area ICU and 205 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 Tennessee Department of Health releases statewide coronavirus figures at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

As of Thursday, Tennessee’s reported coronavirus total was 852,072 cases, including 828,499 recoveries and 12,245 deaths.


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.