This week Herman Cain fell victim to complications of COVID-19, becoming one of the most high-profile Americans taken by the virus.
Cain, 74, was a one-time presidential candidate and for a time led the field in the 2012 Republican primary. Born in Memphis, Cain was a successful businessman and public servant.
Cain’s age and previous battle with cancer in 2006 may have placed him at higher risk. He was diagnosed with the coronavirus in late June and, due to breathing troubles, was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where he died four weeks later.
Child death. This week a child who tested positive for coronavirus died of underlying conditions and was listed as a COVID fatality, becoming the first under the age of 18 to be included in local statistics.
LeBonheur Children’s Hospital said the child must be included in COVID-19 reporting as directed by the Tennessee Department of Health.
SCS going virtual. This week Shelby County Schools announced its academic year will begin August 31 and will operate with exclusively virtual learning, indefinitely.
Here are this week’s numbers.
Shelby County: Shelby County Health Department
Tennessee: Tennessee Department of Health
U.S.A.: Johns Hopkins University