COVID-19 update

Thousands absent. About 3,000 SCS students have not logged into the virtual classes yet.

“We want to play.” Shelby County Schools announced the postponement of fall sports “until further notice,” which drew ire from parents and students who are protesting the decision and calling it unfair.

UM cluster. The health department is monitoring a cluster of cases at the University of Memphis.

Labor Day. The health department is reporting an increase in cases related to the opening of schools and the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Nashville kerfuffle. A now-retracted report from WZTV in Nashville questioned emails between metro officials appearing to hide the number of cases in bars. A Tennesseean fact check says that isn’t what happened.

Tennessee cases. Another Tennessean report said state officials left thousands of cases as “active” long after they weren’t. The state’s massive adjustment on 9/3 had no impact on the reported number of active cases in Shelby County.

CARES relief. Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris has announced a grant program to benefit local restaurants adversely affected by the pandemic.

Vaccine trial. A COVID-19 vaccine trial is underway in Memphis and is in need of more minority participation.

This week. Below are this week’s graphs charting local tests, cases, hospitalizations and deaths related to COVID-19. All data is via the Shelby County Health Department.

Shelby County

New cases, last 30 days
New cases, all dates
All cases, last 30 days
All cases as of 9/19. This may be the last week I generate this pie graph, as the inactive/recovered cases are now in the vast majority and the shrinking trend will only continue.
Active cases, last 30 days
Tests and % positive, last 30 days
Percent positive daily and cumulative. This week the Shelby County Health Department updated the way it reports testing volume to include repeat testing.
New cases and tests. The vertical scale will need to be adjusted to account for the new test reporting method.
Active cases and current hospitalizations
Current hospitalizations, last 30 days
Current hospitalizations, all reported dates
Acute care staffed beds, current census and COVID-positive patients
ICU staffed beds, current census and COVID-positive patients
Deaths, last 30 days
All deaths
Case fatality rate by age as of 9/16
Case fatality rate by sex as of 9/16
Case fatality rate by race as of 9/16