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.
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.
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.
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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