Coronavirus in Memphis: Nearly 1,000 new cases reported in Shelby County
Last updated at 9:50 a.m. on Dec. 14.
Shelby County reported 998 new COVID-19 cases Monday, a high number that could reflect delays in reporting or surge testing efforts, but comes as the region continues to endure increased community transmission and high levels of hospitalizations.
Case growth: The county has recorded a total of 55,927 cases of COVID-19 this year, including 4,886 active cases Monday, according to COVIDActNow.org.
Deaths: Five new COVID-19 deaths were reported by the Shelby County Health Department Monday. The total number of virus-related fatalities now stands at 743. The mortality rate of the virus locally is 1.3%.
Tests: The county reported 9,229 new tests on Monday, bringing the total number of COVID-19 tests administered this year up to 733,561.
Hospital capacity: As of 5 p.m. Thursday, the latest data available, 91% of local acute care hospital beds and 93% of intensive care units were occupied. There were 469 COVID-19 patients in Memphis-area hospitals Thursday evening.
In addition to the 469 COVID-19 positive patients in Memphis-area hospitals, there were 70 patients under investigation for COVID-like symptoms.
The health department said Monday that hospital capacity figures will be updated on Tues., Dec. 15.
The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 complications in recent days has remained at or near the highest during the course of the pandemic.
Hospital and public health officials say there are hundreds of additional beds available in the event of a surge, but expanding to that capacity would require additional medical staff.
Active cases in Shelby County
Coronavirus in Tennessee
How can you get tested for COVID-19?
Anyone in Tennessee who wants a COVID-19 test, regardless of traditional symptoms, can receive it, Gov. Bill Lee announced April 15. protecting yourself from other forms of illnesses. The CDC and medical experts recommend you:
- Know how it spreads: The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Wash your hands often: Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoid close contact: If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick an other household members. If you are outside your 比特币合约交易地址_合约交home, put 6 feet of distance between yourself and anyone who does not live in your household.
- Cover your mouth and nose with cloth face cover: You can spread the virus even when you do not feel sick. Cloth face coverings are meant to protect other people in case you are infected. Everyone should wear one in public settings when around people who don't live in your household.
- Cover coughs and sneezes: Always cover you mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit. Immediately wash your hands after.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touch surfaces daily: This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.
- Monitor your health daily: Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19.
Memphis and Shelby County resources for COVID-19
If you think you need to be tested for COVID-19, and are unsure where you should go, call 833-556-2476 or 877-857-2945 for assistance. The City of Memphis website also has an embedded map with the locations of COVID-19 testing sites.
If you are seeking testing at one of the Christ Community Health Services locations, simply text "Test2020" to 91999 to sign up for a free test.
If you are seeking testing through the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, text "covid" to 901-203-5526 for your appointment.
A list of additional testing sites can be found at the bottom this City of Memphis webpage. Most, if not all, COVID-19 tests administered in Shelby County are free of cost.
If you need transportation to a testing center, inform your testing center when you make your appointment, and they will arrange for you to be picked up by MATA.
Currently, most COVID-19 testing sites require are only accepting testing individuals who are experiencing one or more of the known symptoms of COVID-19. However, officials with the county health department have repeatedly stressed that anyone exhibiting even the slightest symptoms qualifi for a test.
If you experience seasonal allergies, and want to be sure you are not mistaking typical allergy symptoms such as fatigue, cough, or wheezing for COVID-19, you qualify for testing.