Health dept. reports 155 new cases in Shelby County

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – Hopes for the county of reaching 100 days under 100 cases are dashed when the Shelby County’s Department of Health reported a 142 daily increase in COVID-19 cases.

In the last week of June, the county had over 50 consecutive days with fewer than 100 new cases. The 100 day goal was set shortly thereafter, but a recent surge in cases ended it prematurely.

On Sunday morning, the health department reported 114 new cases for the day.

On Sunday, the health department reported that the 7-day moving average is 101 new cases per day.

Health Department data shows that the 7-day test positive rate for the week of June 94 through July 3 is 5.8% higher than the 3% previous week. In the first few days of the year it peaked at 17.9 percent.

There are currently 914 active cases in the county. The number of active cases has remained below 1,000 since Friday, May 28, but is steadily increasing.

The departed SCHD also reported another virus-related death on Sunday morning.

Shelby County has had 100,741 cases and 1,693 deaths since the pandemic began.

A total of 703,050 vaccines have been administered and 393,353 people are now fully vaccinated. The county’s goal is for 700,000 people to be fully vaccinated to achieve herd immunity.

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