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Health dept. reports steady increase in new COVID-19 cases as new health director steps in

Fifty-five percent of eligible El Paso County residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Fifty-five percent of eligible El Paso County residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.(KKTV)
Published: Aug. 2, 2021 at 4:56 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 2, 2021 at 11:35 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Shelby County Health Department reported 493 new COVID-19 cases Monday with an active case count of 4,051.

Over the weekend SCHD reported its highest case increase and test positivity rate since the first week of January. These rising cases come as the new health director for the Shelby County Health Department takes over Monday.

And like many health officials across the nation, Dr. Michelle Taylor says her priority is to improve the vaccination rate in the county.

The country saw a drop off in vaccination rates but as the Delta variant begins to make its rounds, that rate is slowly increasing.

As of Monday morning, 337,131 people have been fully vaccinated in the area. Within the last seven days, nearly 11,000 vaccines have been administered in the Shelby County/Memphis metro area.

The goal is to reach “herd immunity” with 700,000 people fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 in nearby Mid-South states:

Mississippi State Health Department reported a whopping 4,991 new COVID-19 cases and 13 new deaths Monday morning. The latest vaccination numbers show 1,032,928 people are fully vaccinated statewide.

Arkansas says 1,061,721 people have been fully immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine with 984 active cases and hospitalizations up by 34.

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