Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Virus Deaths Rise by 26

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 2021 at 12:01 PM

New virus case numbers rose by 220 over the last 24 hours. The new cases put the total of all positive cases in Shelby County since March at 81,211.

Total current active cases of the virus — the number of people known to have COVID-19 in the county — fell again to 4,481. The number reached a record high of more than 8,000 three weeks ago. 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 5.5 percent of all cases of the virus reported here since March.


In Shelby County, 39,485 COVID-19 vaccines have been given, according to the latest data issued Saturday. As of that day, 9,099 had been given two doses for full vaccination and 30,386 had been given a single dose.

The Shelby County Health Department reported that 2,112 test have been given in the last 24 hours. Since March, 932,732 tests have been given here in total. This figure includes multiple tests given to some people.

As of Tuesday, acute care beds were 89 percent full in area hospitals with 623 beds available. Of the 2,095 patients in acute care beds now, 387 of them were COVID-19-positive. Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds were 93 percent full with 31 beds available. Of the 387 patients in ICU beds now, 113 were COVID-19-positive.

The latest weekly positivity rate fell again for the second week in a row, down now more than five percentage points from the record-high 17.5 percent two weeks ago. The average positive of test results for the week of January 10th was 12 percent. That figure is down more than two percentage points from the 14.1 percent recorded for the week of January 3rd.

Twnety-six new deaths were reported over the last 24 hours. Though, those deaths may not have all occurred within the last day. Reports come form many agencies and aren't all reported on the day of the death. The total death toll now stands at 1,228.

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 continue for 1a1, 1a2 groups, and individuals aged 75 and older.

The Shelby County Health Department will provide 2nd doses of the Moderna vaccine beginning Wednesday, January 27th. These vaccination sites are only open to those who received a first dose of vaccine at Lindenwood Christian Church or 1826 Sycamore View Road between December 28th and January 3rd.

Locations and appointment information are as follows:

• Appling Emissions Station, 2355 Appling City Cove, Memphis, Tennessee 38133

Wednesday, January 27–Friday, January 29, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 30, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

• Pipkin Building, 940 Early Maxwell Blvd, Memphis, Tennessee 38104

Tuesday, February 2nd–Saturday, February 6th, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

• Germantown Baptist Church, 9450 Poplar Avenue, Germantown, Tennessee 38139

Tuesday, February 2nd, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 3rd, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 4th–Saturday, February 6th, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For appointments, check

The Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) has made some limited appointments available January 26th-January 30th for first doses of COVID-19 vaccine for those in priority groups listed below:

First responders and health care workers listed in Phases 1a1 and 1a2, funeral/mortuary workers, those aged 65 and older with high-risk medical conditions, and all people aged 75 and older.

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)

A new health directive that loosened some restrictions took effect Saturday. Check out the health department's information right here:

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The health department now offers a "VaxQueue" waitlist so those interested in the vaccine may be registered and receive notification when there are openings. To be added, click here

Health officials said Wednesday morning that volumes and wait times were high at the Pipkin Building vaccine site Tuesday.

"Yesterday more people than expected presented at the Pipkin Building to receive vaccine," according to a statement. "This resulted in an increase in the number of vaccines delivered. However, there was also an unexpected increase in wait times.

"Additional staff will be scheduled to address the issue and we are exploring other alternatives to increase availability and minimize wait times."
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