Friday, October 23, 2020

Weekly Virus Positivity Rate Returns to August Levels

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 10:51 AM

New virus case numbers rose by 208 over the last 24 hours, putting the total of all positive cases in Shelby County since March at 35,487.

Total current active cases of the virus rose to 2,274. The figure rose above 2,000 earlier this week, the first time the active case count has been that high in many weeks. The figure had been as allow as 1,299 last month. The new active case count represents 6.4 percent of all cases of the virus reported here since March.

The Shelby County Health Department reported that 2,235 tests were given in the last 24 hours. Tests here now total 524,230.

The latest weekly positivity rate surged more than 1 percent from the week before.The average rate of positive tests for the week of October 11th was 7.3 percent. That's up over the 6 percent rate recorded for the week of October 4th. The new weekly average rate is the highest since mid-August, just as cases began to fall from a mid-July spike that had a weekly average positive rate of 12.7 percent.

Four new deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours. Total deaths now stand at 560. The average age of those who have died here is 74, according to the health department. The age of the youngest COVID-19 death was 13. The oldest to die from the virus here was 100.

There are 7,451 contacts in quarantine.

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