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Latest COVID-19 data

The Shelby County Health Department reported 81,657 total cases and 446 new cases Thursday morning. There have been 1,241 deaths. The health department says 13 new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

The number of cases considered recovered is 75,997, or 93.1%. There are 4,419 known active cases, which accounts for 5.4%.

For the latest data and graphs from the Shelby County Health Department, click here.

Vaccination efforts

The Shelby County Health Deparmtent continues to vaccinate those in the 1a1 and 1a2 priority groups and those 75 years of age and older. To date, they have vaccinated more than 50,000 people, with some 37,000 receiving the first dose and more than 12,000 receiving the second dose.

The Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities has partnered with the Shelby County Health Department to vaccinate 600 of its staff and people with disabilities Friday, January 29. All appointment slots are full at this time.

The following groups are now eligible to receive a vaccine:

  • First responders with direct public exposure including EMS, law enforcement, and fire
    fighters
  • Staff working at COVID-19 mass testing sites
  • Staff and residents of long-term care facilities, residential homes for the aged, and staff
    and residents of assisted living centers who have direct contact with residents or
    contact with potentially infectious materials
  • Staff of other congregate care facilities such as homes for the intellectually or
    developmentally disabled, detention centers, Staff of Department of Children’s Services
    residential facilities, rehabilitation hospitals and psychiatric hospitals who have direct
    patient contact or contact with potentially infectious materials
  • Home health care staff with direct patient contact
  • Staff and residents of long-term care facilities, residential homes for the aged, and staff
    and residents of assisted living centers who have direct contact with residents or
    contact with potentially infectious materials
  • Individuals > 18 years or older who cannot live independently due to serious chronic
    medical condition or intellectual or developmental disability
  • Providers of K-12 or university student health services who have direct patient contact
    or contact with potentially infectious materials
  • Funeral/mortuary service providers
  • Health care workers, including:
    • Primary care providers and staff
    • Outpatient specialty providers and staff working with acute patients
    • Pharmacists and staff
    • Patient transport
    • Outpatient therapists
    • Urgent visit center providers and staff
    • Environmental services
    • Oral health providers
    • Behavioral health providers
    • Outpatient laboratory staff working with COVID-19 specimens
  • Individuals age 75 and over

Second doses

The Shelby County Health Department has begun administering second doses to those individuals who were vaccinated between Decemeber 28 and January 3. If you need help scheduling your second appointment, call (901) 222-7468.

Second dose appointments are available at the following locations:

January 28 to January 29 (8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

January 30 (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

February 2 to February 6 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

February 2 to February 6 (Times vary)

Join the waitlist

VaxQueue, a waitlist for those who would like to get the COVID-19 vaccine, is now avialable. Those registered will receive notice when there are more openings in Shelby County. To sign up click here

Health Directive 17

The Shelby County Health Department’s Health Directive 17 is now in effect. The heatlh directive allows everything to be open, but Dr. Bruce Randolph with the health department said everyone still need to adhere to the safety guidlines.

They are relying on individuals to take personal responsibility for preventing the spread of COVID-19 by taking the following actions:

  • Wear a mask
  • Stay home when sick
  • Limit close contact with those not in your household
  • Keep six feet away from others
  • Avoid enclosed spaces that don’t have ventilation
  • Wash your hands often
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects
  • Get tested for COVID-19
  • Get vaccinated when available
  • Stay at home when possible
  • Groups of more than 10 are discouraged

Restaurant capacity will increase to 50 percent, from the current 25 percent. They will still not be allowed to seat more than six people and everyone must social distanced. Dancing indoors is not allowed along with smoking, and customers are still required to wear a mask when not eating.

Restaurants will also still have to close by 10 p.m.

Live entertainment is permitted, but performers will have to be socially distanced.

READ: Shelby County Health Directive 17

Where to get tested

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, it is important that you get tested as soon as possible. For a testing site near you, call (833) 556-2476 or (877) 857-2945.

View a map of all testing locations

There are two drive-thru testing locations – 2355 Appling City Cove and 1720 RKS Commercial Cove – and residents do not need an appointment to get tested. The sites are during open during the week from 8:30 to 5 p.m.

If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, please stay isolated until you have your test results back.

Have questions? Call the Shelby County Healt Department’s hotline at (901) 222-MASK

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