Shelby County reported nearly 400 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday. This is the highest daily count reported since the virus was identified in Shelby County in March. 

The health department reported cases rose to 7,840 Saturday, up from 7,440 Friday. 

In its daily email update, the health department said it is "investigating the marked increase in reported cases to discern whether it indicates an actual increase in positive COVID-19 test results or is a product of delayed laboratory reporting."

Bookmark for daily updates: the back-to-business framework, which also include the capacity of healthcare system and testing, as well as new cases. 

As of Saturday, all indicators were satisfactory, save for the average daily testing capacity outside of hospitals, which was coded yellow instead of green.

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Commercial Appeal reporters contributed.

Laura Testino covers education and children's issues for the Commercial Appeal. Reach her at or 901-512-3763. Find her on Twitter: @LDTestino

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