Shelby County sees record daily COVID-19 cases as vaccine outreach continues

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — On Saturday, Shelby County health officials recorded a new high in COVID-19 cases.

The Shelby County Health Department reported 727 new cases, a record in one day since January.

The seven-day case average is 526, the highest it’s been since January 17.

One event in Memphis is using their opportunity to bring awareness to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Africa in April, a three-day festival, is usually held in the springtime, but due to the pandemic it was moved to early August.

This year’s festival is being held through Sunday at Robert R. Church Park and salutes the Republic of Botswana.

Organizers said in the past it’s been all about having a good time, but this year it’s about doing what’s needed to stay safe from COVID-19.

On Saturday, between 20-30 people received the vaccine at the festival.

Local health officials are encouraging residents to get vaccinated to stop help the spread of the virus.

Vaccines are widely available in the community.

Click here for locations and more information on vaccines in Memphis.