Tuesday, July 21, 2020

New Virus Cases Rise By 211, ICU Usage At 85 Percent Capacity

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2020 at 10:45 AM

* The average positivity rate was not updated on the Shelby County Health Department website as of 10:40 a.m.

Shelby County added 211 new cases of COVID-19 on test results reported since Monday morning.

The number is not the number of new cases on tests given yesterday. Tests results are now rarely returned within 24 hours and can take up to eight or more days. The new-case count comes from numerous tests over numerous days from numerous laboratories.

The latest weekly data available shows 15 percent of all tests were positive for the week of July 5th, a slight increase over the 14.2 percent of positive tests reported the week before. The weekly average positivity rate has grown steadily since the 4 percent rate recorded for the week of May 4th, just as the county's economy began to reopen.

The county's overall average positive rate for COVID-19 was 9.6 percent Monday on all test results reported since the virus arrived here in March.

The seven-day rolling average of daily tests rose to 15 percent on July 9th, according to the latest data. That figure increased to 15.7 percent on July 14th.

The total number of COVID-19 cases here stands at 16,987. No new deaths were reported from Monday morning. The death toll in Shelby County stands at 244.
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