New Patient Count Hits Record High

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The Shelby County Health Department recorded a record-high number of virus-positive patients in a single day Sunday with 256 new cases. Previous record days have seen 190 and 192 new patients.

The county's positive rate for COVID-19 rose on test results received Sunday after two days of lower, stable rates at about 7 percent.

The health department reported 1,145 tests were given Sunday. The total number of COVID-19 cases here stands at 6,892, up 256 from the previous day. The department reported no new deaths on Sunday. The death toll is now 139 in Shelby County.

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Sunday marked the 100th day of the county's response to the virus. On that day, the number of hospitalizations was 188, according to information obtained by the Memphis Flyer. A source said the figure was "high" but noted it was down from 207 hospitalized patients seen on two days last week. On a few days, there have been as many as 70 in area ICUs.

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