Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Virus Numbers Continue to Ease from Holiday Surge

Posted By on Tue, Jan 19, 2021 at 11:12 AM

New virus case numbers rose by 362 over the last 24 hours. The new cases put the total of all positive cases in Shelby County since March at 78,382.

Total current active cases of the virus — the number of people known to have COVID-19 in the county — fell to 6,641. It's the first time the figure has been below 7,000 in several days after reaching nearly 8,000 earlier this week. The figure had been as low as 1,299 in September and rose above 2,000 only in October. The new active case count represents 8.5 percent of all cases of the virus reported here since March.

The Shelby County Health Department reported that 904,820 tests have been given here since March. This figure includes multiple tests given to some people.

As of Monday (the latest data available), acute care beds were 87 percent full in area hospitals with 293 beds available. Of the 2,048 patients in acute care beds now, 382 of them were COVID-19-positive. Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds were 93 percent full with 28 beds available. Of the 392 patients in ICU beds now, 136 were COVID-19-positive.

The latest weekly positivity rate plummeted from the previous week's record high. The average positive of test results for the week of January 3rd was 14 percent. That figure is down 3.5 percentage points from the 17.5 percent recorded for the week of December 27th.

No new deaths were reported over the last 24 hours. The total death toll now stands at 1,140.

The average age of those who have died in Shelby County is 74, according to the health department. The age of the youngest COVID-19 death was 13. The oldest person to die from the virus was 101.

Shelby County vaccine information:

COVID-19 vaccinations for 1a1 groups, health care workers and individuals age 75+ started Tuesday at the Pipkin Building at the Mid-South Fairgrounds. All appointments are now filled for January.

The health department will continue to provide daily updates, announce when more appointments are available and provide another signup opportunity. For information on vaccines and more, visit the county's COVID-19 website at shelby.community.

COVID-19 Testing Availability

Shelby County has "plenty of testing capacity available," according to the health department, and "anyone who thinks they need a test should get one."

Two of the community drive-through testing sites are now available to anyone, and no appointment is needed during their regular testing hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Those sites are:

• 2355 Appling City Cove

• 1720 RKS Commercial Cove (off Lamar Avenue)
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