Thursday, August 13, 2020

Active Virus Cases Dip Below 4,000, New Cases Below 200 Again

Posted By on Thu, Aug 13, 2020 at 1:32 PM

Shelby County added 171 new cases of COVID-19 on test results reported since Wednesday morning. New cases counts have been below 200 for the two days in a row.

The number is not the number of new cases on tests given yesterday. Tests results are now rarely returned within 24 hours. The new-case count comes from numerous tests over numerous days from numerous laboratories.

The latest weekly data available shows 15.3 percent of all tests were positive for the week of July 26th. The figure is down from the 15.8 percent rate recorded for the week of July 19th. It marks the second decrease in the weekly positivity rate rate 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 10.8 percent on Thursday, according to the latest figures from the Shelby County Health Department. The figure is the average of all positive tests from all test results reported since the virus arrived here in March.

The total number of COVID-19 cases here stands at 24,347. Three new deaths were reported since Wednesday morning. The death toll in Shelby County now stands at 316.

The total of known COVID-19 cases now diagnosed in Shelby County is 3,968, down from the 4,128 cases that were active Wednesday. The figure is about 16 percent of all virus cases recorded in Shelby county since March. There are now 9,180 contacts now in quarantine.
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