Shelby County health officials give update on continued fight against coronavirus pandemic

Shelby County health officials give update on continued fight against coronavirus pandemic
528 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Shelby County on Tuesday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — Shelby County health officials gave an update Tuesday on the ongoing fight against COVID-19 in the community.

Currently, there are 19,694 cases of the virus in Shelby County and 13,901 people have recovered.

Mayor Lee Harris said wearing face masks is one of the best strategy to combat the coronavirus.

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Harris said he hopes for statewide intervention.

According to Shelby County Health Department official, Dr. Bruce Randolph, 263 people have died from the virus.

Tuesday’s case number, 528, includes cases reported over several days.

The county is seeing improvement in daily positivity rates, according to Randolph.

The positivity rate is leveling off and decreasing.

People are encouraged to wear masks correctly by covering both their nose and mouth.

There has been an increase in demand for testing, which has caused a delay in testing results.

Randolph said the virus is not going away.

People are encouraged to continue practicing social distancing by avoiding crowds and close contact with others.