SCHD reports highest single-day spike since the start of the pandemic

WATCH: SCHD reported highest single-day spike since the start of the pandemic - 835 new COVID cases

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — The total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is 320,729 as of Tuesday, including 3,995 deaths, and 1,929 current hospitalizations, according to the state Department of Health.

In Shelby County Tuesday, the Health Department reported a record-breaking daily COVID-19 case count at 835, the highest number of COVID cases in a single day.

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That number is the result of a record number of tests in a day, more than 9,000.

The current seven-day average is just under 423, about two less than the average.

If the county reports more than 200 cases Wednesday, that would break the seven-day average record, "making it difficult not only for the hospital system but the public health system to do reproductive tracing,” said Shelby County Health Director Alisa Haushalter.

The SCHD said if things continue in the same direction some restrictions will follow.

“The Health Department still has the authority to enact those interventions necessary to promote the public’s health,” said Haushalter.

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