COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to increase in Shelby County, health officials say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Shelby County health officials gave an update Jan. 13 on COVID-19 cases and vaccinations in the area.

Health department director Michelle Taylor said over 2,500 new cases were reported today. 576 of those are pediatric.

The seven-day case average is now 2,305, a slight decrease from last week’s average.

The test positivity rate is at 36%, a slight decrease from last week.

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Total COVID hospitalizations as of Jan. 12 are 770, Taylor said.

The majority of those are in acute care.

Those numbers reflect a continued upward trend in hospitalizations.

COVID-19 is increasingly straining our local hospital capacity, Taylor said.

There are currently 27,301 active cases in Shelby County, an increase from just one week ago.

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Cases have increased across all age ranges.

Vaccinations have increased over the last week, Taylor said.

58.3% of Shelby County’s population has received at least one dose of vaccine, and 50.1% of the population is fully vaccinated at this time.

More than 469,000 residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Just over 17% of the population has received a booster shot.

29.9% of children ages 5-17 are now fully vaccinated.

Omicron remains the dominant variant in Shelby County, accounting for 90% of cases in the last month.

Taylor said she expects that trend to continue.

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The health department’s immunization clinic offers vaccines to anyone age 5 and over, including booster doses for anyone 12 and over.

No appointment is needed. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Learn more about COVID-19 and vaccination efforts in Shelby County here.

On Jan. 15, vaccinations are available at Hickory Hill Community Center, 3910 Ridgeway Rd., from 10 a.m. to noon; Hollywood Community Center, 1560 N. Hollywood St., from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and Baptist Women’s Hospital, 6225 Humphreys Blvd., from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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