Shelby Co. Health Dept. reports 59 news COVID-19 cases, announces health fair happening this month

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – The Shelby County’s Department of Health reported 59 new cases and no new deaths Friday morning. Daily case reports have decreased in recent weeks, with the health department reporting more days with fewer than 100 new cases.

According to SCHD, the weekly moving average of COVID-19 cases in Shelby County on Friday is 49.

There are currently 664 active cases in the county. The number of active cases has stayed below 1,000 since Friday, May 28, and has continued to decrease every day.

Shelby County has had 98,888 cases and 1,677 deaths since the pandemic began.

According to the health department, an average of 1,077 vaccines were administered per day in the past week.

A total of 624,770 vaccines have been administered, and 360,216 people are now fully vaccinated. The county’s goal is 700,000 to achieve herd immunity. With today’s number, the county has only achieved 51.6% of this target.

The health department reported another decrease in the test positive rate last month. The latest data for the week ending May 29 show a test positive rate of 4.4 percent – up from seven percent in the previous month and 5.9 percent in the previous week. In the first few days of the year it peaked at 17.9 percent.

Weeks after COVID-19 restrictions, including masking requirements, were relaxed in Shelby County, there are still no signs of an increase in cases.

This month, the Department of Health is hosting “Safety is not an accident – prevention is key” events this weekend to help families protect their wellbeing.

Displays, interactive learning, resources and giveaways will be available at these events.

The events and locations in the county during the month of June are listed below:

  • Friday, June 4th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Southland Mall | 1215 Southland Mall 38116
  • Saturday 5th June from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • The center of transformation of God’s persecution | 3759 N. Watkins 38127
  • Saturday 12 June from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Vance Youth Development Center | 670 Vance Avenue 38126

The health department plans to offer more events in the coming months.

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