COVID-19 hospitalizations, positivity rates decline in Shelby County
MEMPHIS, Tennessee (WMC) – As Tennessee begins to see a steady decline in COVID-19 cases statewide, more than 3,000 new infections and 100 deaths have been reported in the state in the past 24 time.
However, Memphis and Shelby County are seeing some promising developments according to heads of state.
Some of the state’s first outbreaks this summer of the COVID-19 Delta variant were in Memphis and western Tennessee.
Now all indicators of the pandemic – cases, hospitalizations and positivity rates are down in Shelby County.
“Tennessee Health Commissioner: So, in the same way it accelerated a few months ago, it’s the same pattern that it is following now. So we are seeing fairly strong declines in the Memphis and Jackson markets, ”said Dr. Lisa Piercey.
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The latest, 239 new cases reported in Shelby County between Tuesday and Wednesday.
As the number of cases decreases, there is also a decrease in daily vaccinations. There are currently less than 1,000 people on average who get vaccinated in Shelby County each day, and many people are becoming eligible for a booster.
Tennessee Health Commissioner Dr Piercey said all providers can give third injections to those approved by the FDA. Dr.
Piercey divides eligible people into two groups:
- Those who “should” be reminded – People 65 years of age and over, people in long-term care facilities, or people 50 to 64 years old with a medical condition
- Those who “may” consider a recall -People aged 18 to 49 with a medical condition and those 18 and over who may frequently come into contact with people with COVID-positive in the course of their work
The booster shot is a chance for an extra layer of protection, but Piercey says it’s not the answer to ending the pandemic.
“We are not going to get out of this pandemic. The most effective way for us to end this pandemic is to immunize the unvaccinated, ”said Dr Piercey.
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