Dr. Threlkeld discusses what hospitalizations tell us about omicron

Published: Jan. 5, 2022 at 11:33 AM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Infectious disease expert Dr. Stephen Threlkeld will hold a COVID Q&A to discuss what the current hospitalizations tell us about the omicron variant and what is “flurona.”

There have been multiple instances where people are seeming to contract both the flu and coronavirus at the same time. The unofficial name given to people who test positive for both is “flurona.

The Shelby county health Department reports 1,856 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths over the last 24 hours.

This brings the total number of confirmed & probable COVID-19 cases in Shelby County to 177,670 and 2,703 deaths since the pandemic began.

SCHD reports the current seven day rolling average of COVID-19 cases 2,352 cases per day for the last seven days.

SCHD COVID-19 data 1/5/22
SCHD COVID-19 data 1/5/22(Shelby County Health Department)

There are currently 22,518 active COVID-19 cases in Shelby County and 4,235 of them are pediatric cases.

The Shelby County Health Department reports the test positivity rate as 25.8% for the week ending in December 25. This is up from 8.7% the previous week.

Shelby County is averaging 1,447 vaccinations per day for the last seven days and is 77.3% of the way to its vaccination goal of reaching herd immunity of 700,000 people.

Shelby County vaccine data is listed below:

  • 541,932 total people vaccinated
  • 1,144,110 total vaccinations administered
  • 10,128 vaccinations reported within the last seven days

More on Shelby County’s COVID-19 data can be found at

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