TDH: More than 1,000 new coronavirus cases in Tennessee

Updated: Feb. 19, 2021 at 1:01 PM CST
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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,372 new COVID-19 cases Friday with seven virus-related deaths statewide.

Tennessee has had 762, 673 total cases and 11,064 deaths since the start of the pandemic. About 734,152 of those cases are now considered inactive.

During Friday’s Shelby County COVID-19 Task Force meeting, health leaders announced 1,315 vaccine doses were discarded after expiring this week. However, more than 2,000 doses were saved and given away to teachers and others in need.

Shelby County Health Department reported 42 new COVID-19 cases Thursday with nine more virus-related deaths countywide.

Health department locations and many businesses have been closed this week because of the winter storm, meaning testing has slowed.

Since the start of the pandemic, the county has administered more than 1 million coronavirus tests.

Shelby County has had 86,686 total cases and 1,452 deaths since the start of the pandemic. Over 83,000 of those cases are now considered inactive.

There are currently 1,874 active COVID-19 cases in Shelby County.

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The Shelby County Health Department is opening the Whitehaven site this weekend to provide make-up vaccination appointments. Shelby County vaccination sites are currently closed through Saturday due to severe winter weather conditions.

Vaccine sites closed in Shelby Co.
Vaccine sites closed in Shelby Co.(Source: SCHD)

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More than 103, total doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered across Shelby County. About 74,000 people have gotten at least one dose and 29,012 have gotten two doses.

Along with a presumptive positive UK variant of COVID-19 in Shelby County, there’s also a presumptive positive for the Brazilian strain in Shelby County. Both are currently under investigation and has not been officially confirmed.

Coronavirus vaccines are now available to those ages 65 and up and teachers in Shelby County.

Related | TN Health Dept. to begin COVID-19 vaccinations of adults age 65+, teachers

Vaccinations continue for people in the 1a1 and 1a2 groups as well. Click here to read who is eligible, how to sign up and where to get your vaccine. Supplies remain limited.

Call 901-222-SHOT (7468) for more information.

Shelby Co. COVID-19 vaccine information
Shelby Co. COVID-19 vaccine information(Source: SCHD)

According to the health department, the test positivity rate has dropped to 6.4 percent. This rate has been dropping over the past few weeks. Health officials say the testing positivity rate is the percentage of all tests conducted that are found to be positive.

SCHD is tracking ongoing clusters in the following long-term care facilities:

Shelby County COVID-19 - Feb. 14, 2021
Shelby County COVID-19 - Feb. 14, 2021(SCHD)

Within the Shelby County Division of Corrections, 176 inmates and 163 employees have tested positive for the virus. One person has died.

At the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Corrections, 287 detainees and 349 employees have tested positive. One employee died.

The Shelby County Health Department has listed four zip codes with the highest COVID-19 case rates per 100,000 population.

Shelby Co. Total COVID-19 Case Rate per 100,000 Population
Shelby Co. Total COVID-19 Case Rate per 100,000 Population(Source: SCHD)

Free coronavirus testing will be offered at Latino Memphis on February 19, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Latino Memphis is located at 6041 Mt. Moriah Road, Memphis, TN 38115.

Only 150 tests will be available and you must be five years old or older to be tested.

*Note: This event could potentially be postponed due to current weather conditions.

Latino Memphis COVID-19 testing
Latino Memphis COVID-19 testing(Source: SCHD)

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