New virus case numbers rose by 192 over the last 24 hours in a return to average case counts following yesterday's record of 835 new cases reported. The new total puts the total of all positive cases in Shelby County since March at 43,833.
Total current active cases of the virus — the number of people known to have COVID-19 in the county — fell slightly to 4,095 Friday morning. The figure peaked just above 2,000 only a month ago. The figure had been as low as 1,299 in September. The new active case count represents 9.3 percent of all cases of the virus reported here since March.
The Shelby County Health Department reported that 2,213 tests were given in the last 24 hours. So far, 621,879 tests have been given since March. This figure includes multiple tests given to some people.
The latest weekly positivity rate rose slightly from the last time the figure was reported. The average rate of positive tests for the week of November 1st was 9.5 percent. The figure rose slightly over the 8.8 percent average recorded for the week of October 25th. The new weekly average rate is the highest since late July, just as cases began to fall from a mid-July spike that had a weekly average positive rate of 12.7 percent. The new weekly positive average marks the sixth straight week that the rate has climbed.
Four new deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours and the number now stands at 617. The average age of those who have died in Shelby County is 73, according to the health department. The age of the youngest COVID-19 death was 13. The oldest to die from the virus was 100.
There are 7,882 contacts in quarantine.