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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (5-13)

This morning on our COVID-19 Joint Task Force call, Dr. Manoj Jain, the local infectious disease physician hired to advise city government on the pandemic, noted the hearing yesterday in the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, particularly the opening comments of Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander. Dr. Jain said that Senator Alexander was spot-on accurate in explaining our need for widespread testing (“millions of new tests”) especially if we want schools to open in the fall.

As we reopen, Dr. Jain and others have taught me that testing and contact tracing are essential; we must “box in the virus” by testing, isolating those who test positive, call all those who have been in close contact with an infectious person, and quarantining each of those contacts.

Over the last several weeks, the Joint Task Force has worked extremely hard to help get us in the position we’re in today. Our testing capabilities and capacity have dramatically increased, and we’re adding even more sites and more capacity at our existing locations. Because of your hard work of social distancing, wearing a mask when you’re in public, and staying home when you can—our rate of those testing positive for the virus has been steadily declining.

These are all great things and signs that we’re potentially heading in the right direction. But, the only way that we can continue these trends is for you to keep doing your part.

Wash your hands thoroughly and often.

Stay home.

If you have to go out in public, please wear a mask.

Finally, and equally as important, get tested—even if you only have mild symptoms. To see where all our testing sites are located, go here.

Breaking down the numbers

Below is a quick look at data points over the last month.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: May 13, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases3462
Deaths76
Total Tested in Shelby County45,118
Tennessee Total Cases16,370
*As of 2:00 p.m. 5/13/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN395
Desoto County, MS346
Crittenden County, AR212
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 5/13/2020

Total COVID-19 Cases Recovered in Shelby County as of 05/12/2020

The Shelby County Health Department is investigating clusters of infection in a number of facilities that serve vulnerable populations.

The maps and age breakdown charts below are the most recent available. Demographic breakdowns (age, sex, race, ethnicity), maps, and death analysis will be updated once a week and shared on Fridays. 

Map of COVID-19 testing in Shelby County as of 05/07/2020 (most recent available)

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

Map of COVID-19 Case Rate per 100,000 Population, as of 05/07/2020 (most recent available)

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

Here is a breakdown of current cases in Shelby County by age range:

COVID-19 Cases in Shelby County by Age as of 05/07/2020 (most recent available)

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

COVID-19 Cases in Shelby County by Age as of 05/07/2020 (Most recent available)

Missing/Unknown = 19 (0.6%)

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

Shelby County COVID-29 Cases by Race and Ethnicity as of 5/07/20 (Most recent data available)

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

Shelby County Health Department has added a data page to its COVID-19 webpage: www.shelbytnhealth.com/coronavirus.  It includes information about the geographic distribution of COVID-19 cases in Shelby County.

All of Shelby County, including the municipalities and the unincorporated areas are under Safer at Home orders. Only essential businesses as spelled out in Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris’s executive order of March 24, 2020, may remain open to the public. All assemblies and gatherings of more than 10 people outside of a private residence are prohibited. The list of essential and non-essential businesses can be viewed here.

For more information about the Safer at Home order or to register concerns, the public may contact:

· The Shelby County Mayor’s Action Line: 901-222-2300

· The Shelby County Health Department’s COVID-19 Hotline: 833-943-1658

· Email shelbytnhealth@shelbycountytn.gov.

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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (5-12)

Now that we’re getting close to halfway through our first two weeks of Back-to-Business, I’ve been getting several questions asking when we will move from Phase I to Phase II. 

As I’ve said from the beginning, all of our decisions are based on data and recommendations from medical experts. The way we determine when to move from phase to phase in our Back-to-Business plan is no different.

When we first started this process, I told you that we will base our decisions largely on three areas.

  1. The numbers of new cases are stable or declining for 14 days.
  2. Our hospitalizations are stable or declining for 14 days and our hospitals have capacity to treat all patients.
  3. Our testing and tracing capabilities are sufficient to contain the virus.

To go a step further— the doctors advising us throughout this process noted that we could proceed into Phase 1 on May 4th because our range of new cases was stable at between 60-90 cases each day, and our range of hospitalizations was stable at between 100-120 patients in hospital beds each day.  Since we began Phase 1, for the most part, we’ve been maintaining those numbers.

That being said, we will not see the results of us starting to proceed into a next phase until 10-14 days into the current phase because, according to the doctors, that’s the incubation period for the virus. Starting tomorrow and through the weekend, we will be closely monitoring our data points to see if and when we can progress to Phase II.

We’ll keep you in the informed as we move forward.

Breaking down the numbers

Below is a quick look at data points over the last month.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: May 12, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases3421
Deaths72
Total Tested in Shelby County43,906
Tennessee Total Cases16,111
*As of 2:00 p.m. 5/12/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN373
Desoto County, MS336
Crittenden County, AR210
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 5/12/2020

Total COVID-19 Cases Recovered in Shelby County as of 05/09/2020

The Shelby County Health Department is investigating clusters of infection in a number of facilities that serve vulnerable populations.

The maps and age breakdown charts below are the most recent available. Demographic breakdowns (age, sex, race, ethnicity), maps, and death analysis will be updated once a week and shared on Fridays. 

Map of COVID-19 testing in Shelby County as of 05/07/2020 (most recent available)

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

Map of COVID-19 Case Rate per 100,000 Population, as of 05/07/2020 (most recent available)

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

Here is a breakdown of current cases in Shelby County by age range:

COVID-19 Cases in Shelby County by Age as of 05/07/2020 (most recent available)

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

COVID-19 Cases in Shelby County by Age as of 05/07/2020 (Most recent available)

Missing/Unknown = 19 (0.6%)

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

Shelby County COVID-29 Cases by Race and Ethnicity as of 5/07/20 (Most recent data available)

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

Shelby County Health Department has added a data page to its COVID-19 webpage: www.shelbytnhealth.com/coronavirus.  It includes information about the geographic distribution of COVID-19 cases in Shelby County.

All of Shelby County, including the municipalities and the unincorporated areas are under Safer at Home orders. Only essential businesses as spelled out in Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris’s executive order of March 24, 2020, may remain open to the public. All assemblies and gatherings of more than 10 people outside of a private residence are prohibited. The list of essential and non-essential businesses can be viewed here.

For more information about the Safer at Home order or to register concerns, the public may contact:

· The Shelby County Mayor’s Action Line: 901-222-2300

· The Shelby County Health Department’s COVID-19 Hotline: 833-943-1658

· Email shelbytnhealth@shelbycountytn.gov.

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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (5-11)

Recently, we’ve received multiple complaints about drag racing. In today’s media briefing, Memphis Police Director Mike Rallings addressed those concerns and what we’re doing to stop it.

Between May 9th and 10th,  Memphis Police concentrated on complaints of reckless driving and street racing. This resulted in 190 arrests ranging from weapons and drug charges to speeding. In addition, 60 vehicles were towed relative to drag racing and ATVs illegally being in the roadway.

Testing

In partnership with the Shelby County Health Dept., this Wednesday the state will be doing a walk-thru to prepare for testing at our public housing facilities. Testing is NOT mandatory, but is encouraged as it’s one of the best ways to control the spread of the virus.

We do not have a date yet for when testing will begin, but as soon as we do, we will get that out to the residents and the public as soon as we have it.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: May 11, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases3315
Deaths68
Total Tested in Shelby County42,239
Tennessee Total Cases14,985
*As of 2:00 p.m. 5/10/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN159
Desoto County, MS331
Crittenden County, AR210
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 5/11/2020

The Shelby County Health Department is investigating clusters of infection in a number of facilities that serve vulnerable populations.

The maps and age breakdown charts below are the most recent available. Demographic breakdowns (age, sex, race, ethnicity), maps, and death analysis will be updated once a week and shared on Fridays. 

Map of COVID-19 testing in Shelby County as of 05/07/2020 (most recent available)

Map of COVID-19 Case Rate per 100,000 Population, as of 05/07/2020 (most recent available)

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

COVID-19 Cases in Shelby County by Age as of 05/07/2020 (most recent available)

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

COVID-19 Cases in Shelby County by Age as of 05/07/2020 (Most recent available)

Missing/Unknown = 19 (0.6%)

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

Shelby County COVID-29 Cases by Race and Ethnicity as of 5/07/20 (Most recent data available)

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

Shelby County Health Department has added a data page to its COVID-19 webpage: www.shelbytnhealth.com/coronavirus.  It includes information about the geographic distribution of COVID-19 cases in Shelby County.

All of Shelby County, including the municipalities and the unincorporated areas are under Safer at Home orders. Only essential businesses as spelled out in Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris’s executive order of March 24, 2020, may remain open to the public. All assemblies and gatherings of more than 10 people outside of a private residence are prohibited. The list of essential and non-essential businesses can be viewed here.

For more information about the Safer at Home order or to register concerns, the public may contact:

· The Shelby County Mayor’s Action Line: 901-222-2300

· The Shelby County Health Department’s COVID-19 Hotline: 833-943-1658

· Email shelbytnhealth@shelbycountytn.gov

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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (5-7)

As we move into the end of our first week of Phase 1 of our Back-to-Business plan, I want to remind everyone to keep letting us know of areas or businesses that are not in compliance by calling 311. Please know that we take your concerns seriously, but also know that our first response to a business reported as being in violation is one of education as to the requirements of the Safer at Home and Back to Business orders.

The overwhelming majority of businesses are doing the best they can to follow our new protocols. These are uncharted waters, and we are all working hard to keep everyone as safe as possible, while at the same time, trying to restart our economy after a six-week slowdown.

We are continuing to monitor the data daily and in constant communication with our medical experts. We will get through this.

Below is a quick look at our Safer at Home violations since starting Phase 1 of Back-to-Business.

Memphis Botanic Garden and Beale Street shops and restaurants

As you may have seen, the Memphis Botanic Garden reopened to members only today for two weeks. On Tuesday, May 19th, the Garden will expand admittance to daily fee guests. For the month of May, the Garden will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Along with Beale Street management, we are announcing that Beale Street shops and restaurants are allowed to open to customers beyond carry-out/to-go orders beginning today. The opening of these businesses requires that additional safety protocols be maintained by both the Beale Street establishments and guests.

In light of the continuing threats posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and out of concern for public safety, the following measures are being put into place to ensure continued social distancing and other health-related practices.

Conditions for Beale Street Reopening – all standard requirements for restaurants as described in the Back to Work guidelines for Phase I – as well as:

  • Beale Street shops and restaurants will be allowed to open; Beale Street as an entertainment district will remain closed
  • All gatherings of more than 10 people will be prohibited
  • Daily, beginning at 5:00 p.m., the street will be blocked off to vehicular traffic, with pedestrian traffic allowed only on sidewalks
  • Beale Street Establishments will not:
    • Sell drinks to patrons from the exterior or through any on-street carts
    • Allow dine-in customer drinks to be carried out from the restaurant to the street, lid or no lid
    • Schedule live music or DJs during open business hours
    • Play outdoor music
  • Until further notice, Beale Street Establishments will close to dine-in patrons at 10:00 p.m. each day
  • Additional security will be provided daily by the Blue Suede Brigade

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: May 7, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases3040
Deaths64
Total Tested in Shelby County36,878
Tennessee Total Cases14,096*
*As of 2:00 p.m. 5/07/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN155
Desoto County, MS310
Crittenden County, AR202
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 5/07/2020

Total COVID-19 Cases Recovered in Shelby County as of 05/06/2020

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

Note: “Recovered“ is defined as (1) people who are living and have been confirmed to be asymptomatic by the health department and have completed their required isolation period or (2) are at least 21 days beyond the first test confirming their illness.

The Shelby County Health Department is investigating clusters of infection in a number of facilities that serve vulnerable populations.

Map of COVID-19 testing in Shelby County as of 05/06/2020

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

Map of COVID-19 Positive test in Shelby County as of 05/06/2020

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

Here is a breakdown of current cases in Shelby County by age range:

COVID-19 Cases in Shelby County by Age as of 05/06/2020

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

COVID-19 Cases in Shelby County by Age as of 05/06/2020

Missing/Unknown = 1 (0.0%)

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

Shelby County COVID-29 Cases by Race and Ethnicity as of 5/06/20

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

Shelby County Health Department has added a data page to its COVID-19 webpage: www.shelbytnhealth.com/coronavirus.  It includes information about the geographic distribution of COVID-19 cases in Shelby County.

All of Shelby County, including the municipalities and the unincorporated areas are under Safer at Home orders. Only essential businesses as spelled out in Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris’s executive order of March 24, 2020, may remain open to the public. All assemblies and gatherings of more than 10 people outside of a private residence are prohibited. The list of essential and non-essential businesses can be viewed here.

For more information about the Safer at Home order or to register concerns, the public may contact:

· The Shelby County Mayor’s Action Line: 901-222-2300

· The Shelby County Health Department’s COVID-19 Hotline: 833-943-1658

· Email shelbytnhealth@shelbycountytn.gov.

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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (5-6)

As you may know, today is National Nurses Day. Now, more than ever, I want to say a very heartfelt thank you to all the nurses out there. You’re putting your own health at risk by working every day to keep us safe and well. We are forever grateful.

If you have a friend, a family member, or simply pass them while in the grocery store—be sure to tell our nurses thank you!

2021 Budget Presentation

As I told them I would two weeks ago, I went back yesterday to City Council and made my budget presentation for the next fiscal year. I had asked them to come back when I had a better picture of what our numbers were going to look like, and I also wanted more time to research the applicable uses of Federal CARES Act Funding and how that might impact our ability to deliver a budget for FY21. 

Well, we completed that work, and more. I’m happy to say that we presented a budget that at its core preserves most of the essential functions of government with limitations on new hires outside public safety, reductions in materials and supplies, no layoffs, no raises, and no tax increase.  To see my full remarks, you can go here, and to see this year’s proposed operating budget, go here.

Testing for all

Starting today, May 6th, regardless of symptoms, all frontline workers who are concerned about possible COVID-19 exposure can be tested.  After careful review, the Shelby County Health Department, local health providers, and the Joint Task Force have decided to revise testing protocols to include testing individuals, with or without symptoms. Essential employees who feel sick or believe they have had contact with a COVID- 19 positive person, can be tested from the following workforces:

  • Healthcare 
  • First responders, such as paramedics, emergency medical technicians, law enforcement officers or firefighters    
  • Fast food, gas stations, grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, public utilities, and Sanitation
  • Correctional facilities, such as jails or prisons
  • Transportation (i.e. MATA)

Testing is available at no cost to the patient. All COVID-19 testing locations will have the capacity to provide testing.

To find a testing location, visit covid19.memphistn.gov, or contact the following testing locations for availability: 

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: May 6, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases2948
Deaths58
Total Tested in Shelby County35,228
Tennessee Total Cases13,690*
*As of 2:00 p.m. 5/05/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN149
Desoto County, MS308
Crittenden County, AR197
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 5/06/2020

Total COVID-19 Cases Recovered in Shelby County as of 05/05/2020

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

Note: “Recovered“ is defined as (1) people who are living and have been confirmed to be asymptomatic by the health department and have completed their required isolation period or (2) are at least 21 days beyond the first test confirming their illness

The Shelby County Health Department is investigating clusters of infection in a number of facilities that serve vulnerable populations.

Map of COVID-19 testing in Shelby County as of 05/05/2020

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

Map of COVID-19 Positive tests in Shelby County as of 05/05/2020

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

Here is a breakdown of current cases in Shelby County by age range:

COVID-19 Cases in Shelby County by Age as of 05/05/2020

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

COVID-19 Cases in Shelby County by Age as of 05/05/2020

Shelby County COVID-29 Cases by Race and Ethnicity as of 5/05/20

Shelby County Health Department has added a data page to its COVID-19 webpage: www.shelbytnhealth.com/coronavirus.  It includes information about the geographic distribution of COVID-19 cases in Shelby County.

All of Shelby County, including the municipalities and the unincorporated areas are under Safer at Home orders. Only essential businesses as spelled out in Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris’s executive order of March 24, 2020, may remain open to the public. All assemblies and gatherings of more than 10 people outside of a private residence are prohibited. The list of essential and non-essential businesses can be viewed here.

For more information about the Safer at Home order or to register concerns, the public may contact:

· The Shelby County Mayor’s Action Line: 901-222-2300

· The Shelby County Health Department’s COVID-19 Hotline: 833-943-1658

· Email shelbytnhealth@shelbycountytn.gov.

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Executive order amending Safer at Home directive

Mayor Jim Strickland has issued a civil emergency proclamation and executive order amending the Safer at Home directive and implementing Phase 1 of the Back to Business plan. Please click below to view.

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State of Emergency executive order extended (5-5)

The State of Emergency executive order has been extended by Mayor Jim Strickland. Please click below to view.

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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (5-5)

Six weeks ago when I entered my first Safer at Home order, I said that I would base my decisions on expert medical advice and the scientific data.  We have done so and will continue to do so.

Data is analyzed daily by doctors with decades of combined experience in the specialties of public health and infectious diseases. It was these doctors who informed the Back to Business Plan, including the conditions to enter a new phase, the activities allowed in each phase, and the protocols for each business sector.  These same doctors will evaluate scientifically the data each day to determine any progress or regression we experience as we move forward.

These doctors opined that Memphis and Shelby County were ready to enter Phase 1 yesterday.  Dr. McCullers detailed his analysis at our Friday press conference. Dr. McCullers serves as Dunavant Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Senior Executive Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, Chief Operating Officer, College of Medicine, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center; Pediatrician-in-Chief, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital

To see his remarks, you can go here.

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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (5-4)

Today was the first day of Phase 1 of our Back-to-business plan.  But, I want remind you this is anything but back to business as normal.  Below are some very important reminders:

  • Everyone still needs to remember they are safer at home.  We still ask that you limit your activities and travel to only what is critical and necessary. 
  • Social distancing is extremely important and will continue to be required. 
  • If we don’t abide by social distancing requirements, we could see a surge in the virus that could result in rolling back the openings and losing all the progress we have made so far. 
  • Groups larger than 10 people will continue to be prohibited. 
  • All businesses will be required to comply with the Covid-19 Compliance Protocols, which is on our covid19.memphistn.gov website. Businesses please familiarize yourself with them. They are how we will monitor compliance. 
  • Restaurants and Fitness Centers/Gym have a specific set of Protocols they must follow in order to operate. 
  • Parks and golf courses will remain open. Citizens using City parks are required to adhere to the Social Distancing Requirements. 
  • Places of worship and healthcare related offices and procedures should follow the regulations issued by the Governor. 
  • Religious services are now allowed, under the Governor’s order, and we are working with faith leaders to help guide them with best practices and strongly urging them to still use virtual services.

Breaking down the numbers

As you look at the numbers, you may notice that our daily number of cases has slightly increased. But more importantly, our number of tests given has drastically increased. We will continue to monitor all these data points each day as we move through the phases of our Back-to-Business plan.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: May 4, 2020

Total COVID-19 Cases Recovered in Shelby County as of 05/03/2020

Note: “Recovered“ is defined as (1) people who are living and have been confirmed to be asymptomatic by the health department and have completed their required isolation period or (2) are at least 21 days beyond the first test confirming their illness.

The Shelby County Health Department is investigating clusters of infection in a number of facilities that serve vulnerable populations.

Map of COVID-19 testing in Shelby County as of 05/03/2020

Map of COVID-19 Positive test in Shelby County as of 05/03/2020

Here is a breakdown of current cases in Shelby County by age range:

COVID-19 Cases in Shelby County by Age as of 05/03/2020

COVID-19 Cases in Shelby County by Age as of 05/03/2020

Shelby County COVID-29 Cases by Race and Ethnicity as of 5/03/20

Shelby County Health Department has added a data page to its COVID-19 webpage: www.shelbytnhealth.com/coronavirus. It includes information about the geographic distribution of COVID-19 cases in Shelby County.

All of Shelby County, including the municipalities and the unincorporated areas are under Safer at Home orders. Only essential businesses as spelled out in Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris’s executive order of March 24, 2020, may remain open to the public. All assemblies and gatherings of more than 10 people outside of a private residence are prohibited. The list of essential and non-essential businesses can be viewed here.

For more information about the Safer at Home order or to register concerns, the public may contact:

• The Shelby County Mayor’s Action Line: 901-222-2300 • The Shelby County Health Department’s COVID-19 Hotline: 833-943-1658 • Email shelbytnhealth@shelbycountytn.gov.