MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Shelby County continues to skyrocket in new COVID-19 cases.

On Wednesday, the Shelby County Health Department reported more than 1,300 new cases to the state. The last time Shelby County reported numbers this high to the state was on Sept. 10th.

Shelby County is now reporting our daily average of new covid cases at 414, which is also the highest we have had since September.

These numbers are expected to rise due to people getting together for Christmas, and the fact that only 50% of residents in Shelby county are vaccinated.

The health department wants people to know the best way to slow the spread is to get vaccinated, wear a mask, and stay home if you’re sick.

They’re giving that same advice to people traveling this christmas.

The health department is encouraging people to get tested before you get there, to ensure that you will be gathering safely.