SCHD seeing increase in cases from ages 0 to 17, officials say

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — The Shelby County Health Department had their weekly COVID-19 Task Force press conference on Thursday afternoon.

The health department said the number of cases in the 0 to 17 age group is increasing but overall from all ages is decreasing.

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The number of children in the hospital for COVID-19 is about 27 cases and 7 in the ICU.

The positivity rate is around 23%, according to SCHD.

Dr. Taylor said they aren’t shutting anything down right now but emphasized the importance of masking up and vaccines.

“We know we have a high infection rate and we know we have a relatively low vaccination rate,” Taylor said.

Those hospitalized with COVID-19 641 people, which includes about 190 in the ICU and about 160 are ventilated, officials said.

With Labor Day Weekend in our rearview mirror, the Southern Heritage Classic and other big events approaching, the health department is calling on people to take precautions.

“The science leads us here every time. First, we see an increase in cases, then we see an increase in hospitalizations and then an increase in deaths,” said Taylor.

This is why health leaders are encouraging people to get vaccinated, and mask up.

“There’s so many things upstream we can do together to prevent our hospitals from seeing the enormity of cases and deaths that result from that,” said McGowen.