Shelby County health officials give update on COVID-19 data, vaccine availability

Shelby County health officials give update on COVID-19 data, vaccine availability
All SCHD vaccine appointments have been filled through January. (David Crigger/Bristol Herald Courier via AP) (David Crigger)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Shelby County health officials gave an update Tuesday on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

SCHD Director Alisa Haushalter said there are 508 new cases today.

The test positivity rate is 17 percent, much higher than the 10 percent aimed for, Haushalter said.

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The county is now moving beyond the surge of Christmas and New Year’s.

The seven-day average of new cases per day is 623.

While that number is stable, it’s still well above the target of 450 or less per day, Haushalter said.

The virus reproductive rate has decreased slightly.

Shelby County could expect to see 7,112 new cases over a 10-day period.

Testing is still widely available across Shelby County.

SCHD is monitoring developments related to the COVID-19 variant.

SCHD will receive 8,900 doses of the vaccine each week for the rest of January, Haushalter said.

They will be distributed among SCHD and local hospitals.

No appointments are available for the rest of January through the SCHD.

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Dr. Bruce Randolph said ten days are left until the Safer at Home order ends on Jan. 22.

The SCHD is closely monitoring data to determine the next steps.

Those who have received the vaccine should still adhere to safety measures, Randolph said.

Vaccines should not provide a false sense of security.