Tuesday, November 17, 2020

New Virus Case Count Highest on Record

Posted By on Tue, Nov 17, 2020 at 10:44 AM


New virus case numbers rose by 835 over the last 24 hours, the highest single-day case count on record, beating the previous record of 700 cases recorded on July 14.

The new total puts the total of all positive cases in Shelby County since March at 43,641.

Total current active cases of the virus — the number of people known to have COVID-19 in the county — rose to 4,274 Friday morning. The figure peaked above 2,000 only a month ago. The figure had been as low as 1,299 in September. The new active case count represents 9.8 percent of all cases of the virus reported here since March.

The Shelby County Health Department reported that 619,666 tests have been given here since March. This figure includes multiple tests given to some people.

The latest weekly positivity rate rose slightly from the last time the figure was reported. The average rate of positive tests for the week of November 1st was 9.5 percent. The figure rose slightly over the 8.8 percent average recorded for the week of October 25th. The new weekly average rate is the highest since late July, just as cases began to fall from a mid-July spike that had a weekly average positive rate of 12.7 percent. The new weekly positive average marks the sixth straight week that the rate has climbed.



No new deaths were recorded int he last 24 hours and now stand at 613. The average age of those who have died here is 73, 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 7,902 contacts in quarantine.

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