Memphis COVID-19 Updates

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Be Safe This Holiday

Test to Protect

Test to Protect is “assurance testing” that helps schools, colleges, universities, workplaces, and businesses to resume in-person activities with greater assurance and minimize transmission risk. This testing strategy helps contain transmission and reduce uncontrolled outbreaks through early detection of cases in selected settings because 40% of infected persons are asymptomatic.


Emergency COVID-19 Relief Assistance

The City of Memphis is partnering with local nonprofits, MIFA, Arts Memphis, and Welcome to Memphis, to distribute CARES Act funding in the form of utility and rent/mortgage assistance and individual financial awards to Memphis residents who have lost income due to COVID-19. Applicants must apply online and provide documentation of job loss or reduction of hours due to the pandemic.

Get Tested for COVID-19

New and Expanded Testing Sites

If you aren’t feeling well, you can get tested for COVID-19 in Memphis. Please call ahead at a location near you.

If you need to find a COVID-19 testing center near you, you may call 833-556-2476 or  877-857-2945 or view the map below.

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By the Numbers

Updated 11:00 am, 24 November 2020 from Shelby County

Active Cases in Shelby County

4,178

9.1% of cases

Inactive/Recovered in Shelby County

41,137

89.5% of cases

Total Cases in Shelby County

45,952

377 added from yesterday

Deaths in Shelby County

637

2 added from yesterday / 1.4% of cases

Total Tests Taken in Shelby County

642,522

Note: The calculation of total tests has been updated to include all tests performed for Shelby County residents, regardless of repeat testing. It is now indicative of total testing volume. Cases remain indicative of positive individuals, rather than tests.


Tennessee Data

Total Tests Taken

4,308,522

Total Cases

318,428

Ever Hospitalized

11,628

3% of all cases

Deaths

3,957

Inactive/Recovered

296,592

Note: Tennessee figures above are using confirmed numbers from TN.gov and does not include the probable numbers. For full data analysis please visit TN.gov. Figures reflect data from 2pm yesterday.

Please note for hospitalizations: Information about hospitalization status is gathered at the time of diagnosis, therefore this information may be incomplete. This number indicates the number of patients that were ever hospitalized during their illness, it does not indicate the number of patients currently hospitalized.

Please note for deaths: Some deaths may be reported by health care providers, hospitals, medical examiners, local health departments, or others before they are included in the statewide count.

Please note for recovered: Tennessee Health Department defines “recovered” as people who (1) have been confirmed to be asymptomatic by their local or regional health department and have completed their required isolation period or (2) are at least 21 days beyond the first test confirming their illness.

Get tested for COVID-19: https://covid19.memphistn.gov/covid-19-testing-sites-in-shelby-county/

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Latest Update

COVID-19 Update (11-20)

Shelby County COVID-19 Cases Total Shelby County Cases 44,474 New Cases Today 252 Deaths Total 626 Deaths Reported Last 24 Hours 2 Total Tested in Shelby County 628,065 Tennessee Total Cases 328,088As of 2:00 p.m. 11/19/20 Other Jurisdictions Tipton County, TN 3,233 Desoto County, MS 9,232 Crittenden County, AR 2,876 Numbers current as of 10:00 […]
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Mask or Facial Covering Guidance

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Memphis has issued new guidance to Memphis residents on the importance of wearing face coverings in public.

Early data suggests that many who are infected with COVID-19 are not symptomatic, which is why we recommend all members of the public wear cloth face coverings when leaving the house for essential activities. A surgical mask is recommended for people with an underlying health condition. A face covering is not a substitute for other critical measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 — most importantly, staying home as much as possible, washing hands frequently, and practicing safe physical distancing in all settings.

What is a face covering? Is it a mask?

A face covering is not the same thing as a mask.

At this time, you should not be purchasing medical grade masks, which are in short supply. It is extremely important that N95 masks are reserved for those who need them most and have the highest risk of infection, including medical professionals and healthcare workers. It is recommended that Memphians instead wear cloth face coverings, such as one made with a bandana or scarf, or make your own using fabric. You can follow instructions available online from trusted sources. Any face coverings should be washed after each use.

These measures will help flatten the curve and save lives. Jump to how to make a cloth face covering.

Mobile Pantry for Families

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Families of Shelby County Schools may pickup a mobile meal at select locations. DRIVE THRU ONLY. No walk-ups. Read More.

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Cash Assistance

Financial Aid Available for Certain Families That Lost Employment Due to COVID-19

Tips of the Week

How to Make a Face Covering

Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, shares ways to create your own face covering in a few easy steps.

Social Distancing

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing.  When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual.

This recommendation does not apply to the day to day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses. This recommendation is made in an attempt to reduce the introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus.

The power of social distancing. If you make no changes in behavior, 1 person infected becomes 2.5 people infected in 5 days, becomes 406 people infected in 30 days. If you reduce your interactions by 50%, 1 person infected becomes 1.25 people infected in 5 days, becomes 15 people infected in 30 days. If you reduce your interactions by 75%, 1 person infected becomes .625 people infected in 5 days, becomes 2.5 people infected in 30 days. Info source: Advocate Aurora Health.
The power of social distancing. If you make no changes in behavior, 1 person infected becomes 2.5 people infected in 5 days, becomes 406 people infected in 30 days. If you reduce your interactions by 50%, 1 person infected becomes 1.25 people infected in 5 days, becomes 15 people infected in 30 days. If you reduce your interactions by 75%, 1 person infected becomes .625 people infected in 5 days, becomes 2.5 people infected in 30 days. Info source: Advocate Aurora Health.


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