Coronavirus: About 65 new cases reported

By , Daily Memphian Updated: May 18, 2021 11:59 AM CT | Published: May 18, 2021 11:59 AM CT

For the second day in a row, the Shelby County Health Department reported fewer that 100 new coronavirus cases.

On Tuesday, May 18, the agency reported 62 cases and no new coronavirus-related deaths.

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The 62 cases come from 876 tests, giving the day a positivity rate of 7.1%.

Shelby County’s reported coronavirus total is now 97,675 cases, including 94,667 inactive cases, 1,362 active cases and 1,646 deaths.

The latest available hospital capacity data was current as of 5 p.m. Sunday, May 16.

At that time, there were 184 COVID-positive patients in area hospital beds, according to the Tennessee Healthcare Resource Tracking System. 

According to the HRTS, 89% of area ICU and 92% of area acute care beds were in use.

About 19% of patients in area ICU beds were COVID-positive (60) or suspected of having the coronavirus (3). About 6% of patients in area acute care beds were either COVID-positive (124) or suspected of having the coronavirus (12).

And 39 area ICU and 202 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.


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.