Memphis COVID-19 Updates

Safer at Home

What you need to know

To further combat the spread of COVID-19, the City of Memphis will issue a Safer at Home Order effective midnight on March 24, 2020 through midnight April 7, 2020 — directing all residents of Memphis to stay inside their homes, and immediately limit all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs.

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Cash Assistance

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

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.


By the Numbers

Cases in Shelby County

379

Updated 08:17am, 30 Mar 2020

Deaths in Shelby County

1

Updated 08:17am, 30 Mar 2020

Cases in Tennessee

1,834

Updated 2:34pm, 29 Mar 2020

Hospitalizations in Tennessee

148

Deaths in Tennessee

13

Total Tests Taken in Tennessee

23,304

Percentage of Positive Tests in Tennessee

7.87%

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.

More relating to these numbers: https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html

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

Mask or Facial Covering Guidance

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Surgical masks are proven to reduce the transmission of infection. Masks serve two functions. First not transmitting infection to others and, second, not becoming infected with an infection. In general, masks should be used in public by those who are ill and caregivers of persons with a respiratory illness.
 
During a pandemic with sustained community transmission, masks should also be worn by individuals who are elderly, have multiple medical problems or have a weak immune system. At present there is no clear strong evidence for the general public to wear a mask, however, given widespread transmission of COVID-19, the general public may consider using a mask (when available) or a facial covering.
 
All individuals should practice hand hygiene and maintain a distance of six feet to reduce the risk of infection. Masks may serve as additional protection when combined with other preventive measures.

COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (3/30)

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Over the last several days especially as we’ve had nicer weather, more and more people have been getting outside, which that alone is not a bad thing. In fact, doctors even recommend it. That said, it does become a huge problem when people disregard the importance of social distancing.



Coronaviruses are not new. They include a group of viruses that can cause a range of symptoms, including a runny nose, cough, sore throat and fever. Some coronaviruses are mild, such as the common cold, while others are more likely to lead to pneumonia. 

Now is the time to get in the habit of incorporating simple steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 or any other virus. These are the same steps you’d take to prevent a cold or the flu:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
  • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs

Remember, while the spread of COVID-19 is a serious public health concern, the majority of those who contract the virus do not become seriously ill. The best source of information for employees is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC website or the Shelby County Health Department’s site.


Tips of the Week

Safe Grocery Shopping

This is the most current video for New CDC data, safe takeout food practices, and an updated practice for safe grocery shopping/handling. UPDATE: COVID-19 Live on cardboard for 1 day or 24 hours.

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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