Coronavirus: Shelby County set for phase 1c

By , Daily Memphian Updated: March 04, 2021 2:25 PM CT | Published: March 04, 2021 1:36 PM CT

According to the latest Shelby County Health Department data, 111,145 people in Shelby County have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose; 47,919 people have received both COVID-19 vaccine doses, meaning they are fully vaccinated.

And 159,064 total doses have been administered in Shelby County.

Shelby County Health Department will move into Phase 1C of the Tennessee COVID-19 Vaccination Plan on Monday, March 8, 2021. This phase includes residents who are 16 years old or older with health conditions that put them at risk of serious illness from COVID-19. For all other individuals, the age eligibility will remain age 65 and older. For a detailed list of the high-risk health conditions covered under phase 1C, please refer to Tennessee’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan posted here.

The Shelby County Health Department reported 129 new coronavirus cases and 11 new coronavirus-related deaths on Wednesday.

Those 129 cases come from 2,814 tests, giving the day a positivity rate of 4.5%.

Shelby County’s reported coronavirus total is 88,343 cases, including 85,551 inactive cases (recoveries), 1,281 active cases and 1,511 deaths.

There were 196 COVID-positive patients in area hospital beds as of 5 p.m. March 3, according to the Tennessee Healthcare Resource Tracking System.

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


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About 22% of patients in area ICU beds were COVID-positive (77) or suspected of having the coronavirus (0). About 6% of patients in area acute care beds were either COVID-positive (119) or suspected of having the coronavirus (18).

And 32 area ICU and 265 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. daily.


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As of Wednesday, March 3, Tennessee’s reported coronavirus total is 777,935 cases, including 11,459 deaths, 895 current hospitalizations and 752,966 inactive cases (recoveries).

About 6,817,121 million coronavirus tests have been performed in Tennessee.

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