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Health Department reports 159 new COVID-19 cases in Shelby County

Published: Oct. 9, 2021 at 2:51 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Shelby County Health Department reports 159 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 13 more deaths within the last 24 hours.

This brings the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Shelby County to 143,639 and deaths to 2,162 since the beginning of the pandemic.

COVID-19 data dashboard 10.9.21
COVID-19 data dashboard 10.9.21(Shelby County Health Department)

Shelby County is averaging 974 vaccinations per day for the last seven days and is 70.3% of the way to its vaccination goal of reaching herd immunity of 700,000 people.

Shelby County vaccine data is listed below:

  • 493,048 total people vaccinated
  • 79,163 people partially vaccinated
  • 413,885 people fully vaccinated
  • 891,122 total vaccinations administered
  • 6,546 vaccinations reported within the last seven days

The weekly test positivity rate has dropped in recent weeks as well. On October 2 the weekly positivity rate was reported at 6.9%, down from 17.6% at the peak of the summer surge in August.

Shelby County hospital capacity data shows more than 90% of Mid-South hospitals are being utilized.

This is partially due to COVID-19 patients in need of care due to side effects from the virus along with patients with other health issues.

The Shelby County Health Department reports acute care utilization is at 93% and ICU is at 93%, showing utilization in the red zone, according to the Healthcare Resource Tracking System.

The numbers were last reported on Thursday, October 6 at 5 p.m.

Healthcare resource tracking system 10/6
Healthcare resource tracking system 10/6(Shelby County Health Department)

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