Over 300 new COVID-19 cases reported in Shelby County

SCHD COVID-19 data 12/18/21
SCHD COVID-19 data 12/18/21(Shelby County Health Department)
Published: Dec. 18, 2021 at 3:30 PM CST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Shelby County Health Department reports 364 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and one death over the last 24 hours. This is the first day with over 300 new cases since the beginning of October.

This brings the total number of confirmed & probable COVID-19 cases in Shelby County to 152,486 and 2,421 deaths since the pandemic began.

The current seven day rolling average of COVID-19 cases is continuing to rise. SCHD reports 202 cases per day for the last seven days, the highest it’s been in recent weeks.

SCHD COVID-19 data dashboard 12/18/21
SCHD COVID-19 data dashboard 12/18/21(Shelby County Health Department)

There are currently 2,205 active COVID-19 cases in Shelby County and 578 of them are pediatric cases.

The COVID-19 test positivity rate for the week ending in December 11 is 5%, just a slight increase from the prior week’s 4.6%.

SCHD Health Director Dr. Michell Taylor says changes in the positivity rate data are key factors in predicting how the virus will affect the community in upcoming weeks.

Dr. Taylor also said during the Memphis-Shelby County COVID Task Force briefing on Thursday that knowing your status, both vaccination and COVID-19 test, is the most important thing before heading into any gatherings this holiday season.

Shelby County is averaging 2,004 vaccinations per day for the last seven days and is 76.1% of the way to its vaccination goal of reaching herd immunity of 700,000 people.

Shelby County vaccine data is listed below:

  • 532,906 total people vaccinated
  • 1,099,130 total vaccinations administered
  • 14,025 vaccinations reported within the last seven days

More on Shelby County’s COVID-19 data can be found at shelbytnhealth.com/COVID-19data.

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