Coronavirus: Deaths climb again after downward trend

By , Daily Memphian Updated: February 19, 2021 12:35 PM CT | Published: February 19, 2021 12:35 PM CT
<strong>Memphis VA Medical Center personnel provide COVID-19 vaccinations to veterans on Tuesday, Jan. 26, in the hospital parking lot.</strong> (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian)&nbsp;

Memphis VA Medical Center personnel provide COVID-19 vaccinations to veterans on Tuesday, Jan. 26, in the hospital parking lot. (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian) 

According to the latest Shelby County Health Department data, 74,056 people in Shelby County have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose; 29,012 people have received both COVID-19 vaccine doses, meaning they are fully vaccinated.

And 103,068 total doses have been administered in Shelby County.


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All vaccination locations will be closed Saturday, Feb. 20, and Sunday, Feb. 21, with the exception of Southwest Tennessee Community College Whitehaven site, according to a press release by the health department.

Currently, Shelby County is vaccinating phases 1a1, 1a2 and those ages 70 and older on an appointment-only basis. Slots are currently filled, but people can check online or call (901) 222-SHOT (7468) to be notified when appointments are available. People can also sign up for the VaxQueue standby list.

The Shelby County Health Department reported 42 new coronavirus cases and nine new coronavirus-related deaths on Friday.


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Shelby County’s reported coronavirus total is now 86,686 cases, including 83,360 inactive cases (recoveries), 1,874 active cases and 1,452 deaths.

There were 259 COVID-positive patients in area hospital beds as of 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, according to the Tennessee Healthcare Resource Tracking System.

According to the HRTS, 91% of area ICU and 89% of area acute care beds were in use.

About 20% of patients in area ICU beds were COVID-positive (68) or suspected of having the coronavirus (1). About 9% of patients in area acute care beds were either COVID-positive (191) or suspected of having the coronavirus (34).

And 33 area ICU and 263 area acute care beds were available.


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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. daily.

As of Thursday, Feb. 18, Tennessee’s reported coronavirus total is 761,301 cases, including 11,057 deaths, 1,108 current hospitalizations and 731,791 inactive cases (recoveries).

About 6,6 million coronavirus tests have been performed in Tennessee.

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