COVID-19 metrics trending downward in Shelby County – Memphis Local, Sports, Business & Food News – The Daily Memphian

COVID-19 metrics trending downward in Shelby County – Memphis Local, Sports, Business & Food News – The Daily Memphian

Shelby County continues to trend downward in several key COVID-19 metrics – including cases and hospitalizations – following the post-holiday surge, according to Health Department data.

From Jan. 9 to Saturday, the Health Department reported an average of 482 new cases and 4,054 test results a day yielding an 11.9% positivity rate. While the positivity rate is above the 10% threshold set by local public health experts, that’s still a decline of 3.6 percentage points from the previous two-week span. 

“We are making progress,” said Dr. Bruce Randolph, Shelby County Health Department health officer. “There is a downward trend in a lot of our metrics. I really want to encourage everyone to continue what you are doing in terms of adherence to the safety measures, so that we continue to make progress.”

The reproductive rate remains below one, currently 0.89, according to COVID Act Now. A number below one is a sign of decreasing community transmission. When the virus was at its peak locally during the holiday season, the reproductive rate was well above one.


Reproduction rate at epidemic low; other stats encouraging


In the previous 14-day period, the Health Department reported an average of 601 cases and 3,870 tests results each day with a 15.5% positivity rate.

Following improvement in several metrics, the Health Department issued Health Directive No. 17 that went into effect Saturday, Jan. 23. The new directive eases several coronavirus restrictions including increasing restaurant capacity from 25% to 50% and allowing
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