Dr. Threlkeld discusses a fourth booster, changes in the pandemic

Published: Jan. 12, 2022 at 11:08 AM CST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Infectious disease expert Dr. Steve Threlkeld held COVID Q&A Wednesday afternoon to discuss the current state of the pandemic in Shelby County.

Dr. Threlkeld says he is optimistic that the hospitalization numbers will begin to decline in the coming weeks and that we are reaching the peak of infections before the end of January.

In terms of the fourth booster shot, Dr. Threlkeld says it could become available for those who are at high risk in the next few weeks.

Dr. Threlkeld says it would make sense for a fourth shot to become available soon as data shows the efficacy of the waning five months after boosters were originally released for those at high risk in August.

The doctor also adds that, for unknown reasons, omicron has been better than previous variants at not showing a positive test and stresses that if you feel unwell then you should mask up and ensure social distancing if you are around others.

Shelby County is averaging 1,516 vaccinations per day for the last seven days and is 78% of the way to its vaccination goal of reaching herd immunity of 700,000 people.

The Shelby County Health Department reports 1,481 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths over the last 24 hours.

This brings the total number of confirmed & probable COVID-19 cases in Shelby County to 193,915 and 2,729 deaths since the pandemic began.

SCHD reports the current seven day rolling average of COVID-19 cases 2,321 cases per day for the last seven days.

There are currently 28,755 active COVID-19 cases in Shelby County and 6,108 of them are pediatric cases.

SCHD reports the test positivity rate as 42.7% for the week ending in January 1. This is up 16.5% from the previous week and set a new record high for the almost two-year-long pandemic.

Shelby County vaccine data is listed below:

  • 545,679 total people vaccinated
  • 1,160,509 total vaccinations administered
  • 10,614 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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