COVID-19 positivity rate jumps as seven day average reaches milestone

COVDID-19 data 10.24.21
COVDID-19 data 10.24.21(Shelby County Health Department)
Published: Oct. 24, 2021 at 2:56 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The seven day rolling average COVID-19 cases has dropped below 100 for the first time since the summer surge.

Shelby County Health Department reported the the seven day average is currently 99 cases per day between October 17 and October 23.

SCHD reported 97 new COVID-19 cases and no deaths within the last 24 hours.

This brings the total COVID-19 cases to 145,401 and deaths to 2,227 since the pandemic began in 2020.

Of the new cases, 35 were reported to be children. Currently, there are 312 active pediatric cases.

The county’s latest positivity rate reported was for the week ending in October 16 at 6.6%. This is up 1.1% from the previous week’s data.

Dr. Michelle Taylor said in a press conference for the Memphis-Shelby County COVID Task Force that it is expected for positivity rates to increase because there are far fewer people experiencing symptoms, so less people are going to get tested.

Shelby County is currently 71.5% of the way to the goal of herd immunity of 700,000 people vaccinated. The average vaccinations per day for the last seven days is 1,5565.

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