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COVID-19 Test Positivity Rate Reaches Record High in Shelby County


Shelby County’s COVID-19 test positivity rate is the highest it’s been all pandemic.

This week, the Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) reports more than 40 percent of all COVID-19 tests given are coming back positive.

One infectious disease doctor says a COVID-19 test positivity rate at 41.4 percent is uncharted waters. Another says a positivity rate that high means not enough people are getting tested.

The newest community COVID-19 testing site in Shelby County on the campus of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) plans to administer 400 to 500 tests a day. Those seeking a test waited in lines spanning several blocks Wednesday.

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