Only 11 ICU beds remain available in the entire Memphis area, SCHD says

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Shelby County health officials gave an update today on the coronavirus.

According to the health department, there have been 57,599 total cases.

That’s an increase of 779 cases in the last 24 hours.

So far, Shelby County has recorded 756 total deaths related to COVID-19.

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According to today’s update, as of 5 p.m. yesterday, 98% of ICU beds in the metro area were occupied.

That leaves only 11 available beds in the Memphis-Metro area.

That is a record as far as bed shortage in the ongoing pandemic.

The 7-day rolling average of new cases in the county is now at a record high of 748, a new record number since the start of the pandemic.

Yesterday’s reported 893 cases was the third-highest single-day report.

The top two were 998 Monday and 930 on Saturday.

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The number of active cases in the county has increased 64 percent since Saturday’s report.

There are currently 5,512 active cases, a record number.

Each of those cases has the potential to spread to 1.06 people, said Shelby County Health Director Doctor Haushalter.

The latest case surge is related to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Health officials are concerned as we head into the Christmas holiday.

SCHD is anticipating more cases heading into January.

More drive-thru testing is available from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Tiger Lane.

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Dr. Bruce Randolph said individuals are responsible for determining what steps they can take to ensure their own health and safety.

Citizens are encouraged to avoid crowds and wear a mask at all times when in public.