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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (6-30)

As I mentioned to you on Sunday, the number of COVID-19 infected patients in our hospitals is rising. Six weeks ago on May 18th as you can see in the chart below, we had 101 people hospitalized due to COVID-19. On June 27th, that number had risen to 217.

Our number of patients in ICU has also risen. On May 18th, there 45 patients in our ICU’s across Shelby County. By June 27th, that number had risen to 96.

As it stands right now, our hospitals are able to handle the number of sick patients, COVID-19 and others, coming in to see them. We have a total of 2,613 acute care beds under normal circumstances with 2,238 of those beds in use and 480 intensive care units under normal circumstances with 393 in use. If needed, the hospitals, can the hospital can surge to 3,184 acute care beds and 711 intensive care units.

I’m pointing all these data points out to stress that the virus is real, and it is spreading. We’re seeing it in our new case numbers, and even worse, we’re seeing it in our hospitals.

We can control the spread, but that choice is up to you. Please cover you face in public, wash your hands often, and stay home if you’re sick.

Mask Compliance Update: We’ve had several requests regarding compliance with the recently passed mask ordinance. Since yesterday, we’ve had 22 reports of noncompliance. Nine complaints were from customers not wearing masks, three complaints for employees of a business not wearing a mask, and 10 complaints of both employees and customers not wearing masks.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: June 30, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases9904
Deaths185
Total Tested in Shelby County126,623
Tennessee Total Cases42,297
*As of 2:00 p.m. 6/29/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN605
Desoto County, MS1293
Crittenden County, AR737
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 6/30/2020

Shelby County Health Department is tracking clusters in facilities that serve certain vulnerable populations:

Here is information about clusters considered to be resolved. A cluster is considered resolved once a facility has gone 28 days without a new case.

Here is the most recent testing and case information provided by the Shelby County Division of Corrections:

Here is the latest testing data from the Shelby County Criminal Justice Center at 201 Poplar:

The testing positivity rate is the percentage of all tests conducted that are found to be positive. The chart below shows Shelby County’s testing positivity rates over time, as of June 29, 2020. 

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.

It is very important that all Shelby County residents take care during the upcoming July 4th holiday weekend to prevent further community spread of the COVID-19 virus.

  • High risk members of the community, including senior citizens and people of any age group who suffer from chronic diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma or other lung conditions, should be especially aware of their risk of serious illness from COVID-19 and should avoid gatherings where they cannot appropriately social distance.
  • Large community gatherings should be cancelled or postponed.
  • Small outdoor gatherings where attendees are spaced at least 6 feet apart are safer than indoor gatherings. Masks or facial coverings should be worn at any gathering of persons who do not live in the same household.

All of Shelby County, including the municipalities and the unincorporated areas are under Safer at Home orders. Some non-essential businesses may reopen under the guidance of Shelby County Health Directive #7, which can be viewed here:  www.shelbytnhealth.com/healthdirectives.

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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Mayor Strickland extends State of Emergency (6-30)

Click here to read the executive order by Mayor Jim Strickland extending the State of Emergency. 

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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (6-29)

As I said in yesterday’s update and as Dr. Jain told you last week, wearing a facial covering when you go out in public is crucial to fighting this virus. I also told you we would be enforcing the recently passed mask ordinance. It would be worth your time to familiarize yourself with it.

Over the weekend, we received 49 mask complaints. To report a complaint of noncompliance within the city of Memphis, call 311.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: June 29, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases9310*
*As of 10:00 a.m. 6/28/20
Deaths181
Total Tested in Shelby County121,626
Tennessee Total Cases40,172
*As of 2:00 p.m. 6/27/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN593*
*As of 2:00 p.m. 6/27/20
Desoto County, MS1224
Crittenden County, AR731

Total COVID-19 Cases Recovered in Shelby County as of 6/28/20

6,393

Shelby County Health Department is tracking clusters in facilities that serve certain vulnerable populations:

Here is information about clusters considered to be resolved. A cluster is considered resolved once a facility has gone 28 days without a new case.

Here is the most recent testing and case information provided by the Shelby County Division of Corrections:

Below is information about testing at the Shelby County Criminal Justice Center at 201 Poplar:

Investigations and Contacts as of 6/28/20

Closed Investigations: 6,552

Contacts Identified: 12,486
Contacts Currently in Quarantine: 5,133

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. Some non-essential businesses may reopen under the guidance of Shelby County Health Directive #7, which can be viewed here:  www.shelbytnhealth.com/healthdirectives.

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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Mask Ordinance goes into effect

Click below to read the new Face Covering/ Mask Ordinance.

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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (6-25)

In today’s update, I asked Dr. Manoj Jain, the City’s contracted medical advisor, to share some quick thoughts on the importance of masking.

Below are his thoughts based on a real-life scenario:

Earlier this week, I took my car for regular servicing at a local dealership. Two middle-aged men sat behind the service desk, another a customer (who was wearing a mask) was in front of me and picking up his keys. I stood six feet away with my daughter, who was also masked. When my turn came, I stepped up and then back from the service desk. 

The two service managers at the dealership were not wearing a mask. Even before giving the details for the service needs on my car, I asked them “why are you not wearing a mask?”

One serviceman casually replied, “Oh – the owner does not require us to do it.”

“But, that does not matter,” I said. “You should wear a mask. We have community transmission of the virus.  COVID-19 is amidst us all, and masking and distancing is the best way to protect ourselves and others.”

Unfortunately, the two servicemen are not alone, and this just one example of many. There are thousands of Memphians who are not wearing masks. Some people do not wear a mask because it is not required by their employer. Some because it is uncomfortable, and some young folks think they are invincible and will not get sick from the virus.

I would strongly urge all of them to reconsider.

Masks do work.

This is not my opinion, but that of the highest scientific agencies around the globe— both the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend wearing a mask in public areas.

Also, the scientific literature supports this. People wonder how much does masking help?

A recent study in a prestigious journal, Lancet, pooled together nearly 40 studies with over 13,000 persons. It found that the chance of viral infection or transmission from coronavirus was 17 percent if no mask was worn. However, if the mask was worn the risk of transmission was reduced to 3 percent. This is nearly a six-fold decline in risk because we protected ourselves.

As we left the dealership my daughter (still in a mask) said, “Dad, I hope they listen to you.”

“Me too,” I said.

More importantly, I hope you see the importance and will listen to me and to Mayor Strickland and choose to wear a mask so as not to infect yourself and those around you.

– Manoj Jain, M.D., M.P.H.

Faculty at University of Tennessee Health Science Center -UTHSC

Faculty at Rollins School of Public Health, Infectious Disease Physician

Medical Advisor to Mayor of Memphis on COVID-19

Consultant to the World Health Organization on Tuberculosis

www.mjainmd.com

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: June 25, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases8688
Deaths176
Total Tested in Shelby County116,242
Tennessee Total Cases37,235
*As of 2:00 p.m. 6/24/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN571
Desoto County, MS990
Crittenden County, AR621
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 6/25/2020

Shelby County Health Department is tracking clusters in facilities that serve certain vulnerable populations:

Here is information about clusters considered to be resolved. A cluster is considered resolved once a facility has gone 28 days without a new case.

Here is the most recent testing and case information provided by the Shelby County Division of Corrections:

The testing positivity rate is the percentage of all tests conducted that are found to be positive. The chart below shows Shelby County’s testing positivity rates over time, as of June 24, 2020. 

Once per week, the Shelby County Health Department shares detailed analysis of COVID-19 cases, including testing and case rate maps:

Below is detailed analysis of cases by age, sex, race and ethnicity:

Here is detailed analysis of pediatric (>18) cases in Shelby County as of 6/24/20:

Below is detailed analysis of COVID-19 fatalities in Shelby County as of 6/24/20, by sex, race, age, exposure and co-morbidities:

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. Some non-essential businesses may reopen under the guidance of Shelby County Health Directive #4, issued on May 18, 2020, which can be viewed here:  www.shelbytnhealth.com/healthdirectives.

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 (6-24)

As the numbers of our daily reported cases have risen, it has caused some discussion of whether or not we should revert back to Phase I of the Back-to-Business plan. 

Let’s talk about that for a second.

To be clear, like the Safer At Home order, the Back-to-Business plan was formulated based upon medical advice and data.  The medical experts have determined that, compared to a few months ago, we are much more capable of identifying hot spots, clusters, and outbreaks among vulnerable populations, and we are much more capable of tailoring interventions to address any spikes within the constraints of the current Back-to-Business phase.  In addition, our local hospitals have informed us that they are capable of handling the current level of hospitalizations.

We may, if the data and medical experts tell us, do more targeted interventions with specific sectors or clusters, but those actions would not impact the majority of citizens or businesses operating under the guidance of Phase II.

For example, if the data tells us that we have a spike in cases coming from a certain neighborhood within the city, and that spike is not attributable to other neighborhoods, the medical response will be targeted. 

All that to say, the only way I will push to move back to Phase I is if the data and the doctors find that we have random community spread, and we cannot control it.  As it stands right now, that is not happening. 

As I said from the start in March, we will base our decisions and recommendations on the data and expert advice.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: June 24, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases8394
Deaths167
Total Tested in Shelby County113,279
Tennessee Total Cases36,303
*As of 2:00 p.m. 6/23/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN565
Desoto County, MS948
Crittenden County, AR604
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 6/24/2020

Shelby County Health Department is tracking clusters in facilities that serve certain vulnerable populations:

Here is information about clusters considered to be resolved. A cluster is considered resolved once a facility has gone 28 days without a new case.

Here is the most recent testing and case information provided by the Shelby County Division of Corrections:

The testing positivity rate is the percentage of all tests conducted that are found to be positive. The chart below shows Shelby County’s testing positivity rates over time, as of June 23, 2020.

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. Some non-essential businesses may reopen under the guidance of Shelby County Health Directive #4, issued on May 18, 2020, which can be viewed here:  www.shelbytnhealth.com/healthdirectives.

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 (6-23)

All along, we have stressed the importance of covering your face when you’re out in public, thoroughly washing your hands, and staying home when you can. Below is a chart which clearly demonstrates why all these things are so important. If we’re going to keep our economy moving and not regress, we must do those things mentioned above.

As I told you yesterday, this fight is far from over. We must remain vigilant and focused on the tough road ahead if we’re going to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: June 23, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases8203
Deaths166
Total Tested in Shelby County111,937
Tennessee Total Cases36,303
*As of 2:00 p.m. 6/23/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN563
Desoto County, MS912
Crittenden County, AR600
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 6/23/2020

Shelby County Health Department is tracking clusters in facilities that serve certain vulnerable populations:

Here is information about clusters considered to be resolved. A cluster is considered resolved once a facility has gone 28 days without a new case.

Here is the most recent testing and case information provided by the Shelby County Division of Corrections:

The testing positivity rate is the percentage of all tests conducted that are found to be positive. The chart below shows Shelby County’s testing positivity rates over time, as of June 22, 2020.    

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. Some non-essential businesses may reopen under the guidance of Shelby County Health Directive #4, issued on May 18, 2020, which can be viewed here:  www.shelbytnhealth.com/healthdirectives.

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 (6-22)

This morning in partnership with Representative Karen Camper and Senator Raumesh Akbari, we announced the Mask Up Memphis and Live campaign. We’ve been talking all along about the importance of covering your face in public, and this is one more way to help you do that.

The data shows that the virus has disproportionately affected the African American community. In Memphis and Shelby County, close to 60 percent of COVID-19 fatalities and cases are African Americans. Through this campaign, we will provide access to information and most importantly, masks to those in the community who need it most.

For more information on the campaign, to donate, or get a mask, please go here.

Data Points: As we talk about the importance of wearing a facial covering, I think it’s important to point out a couple data points in the information below to reiterate that fact. If you look at the numbers, on 4/20 the estimated COVID-19 hospitalized was 102.8 and estimated COVID-19 ICU hospitalized 44.4. On 5/20 those numbers rose to 156.5 and 56.7. Now, as we look at where we are this month on 6/20, the numbers have risen to 200.2 and 89.6.

Now, I’m not saying all this to scare you, but to make a point that the virus is real. It can be very dangerous, and it can be deadly to you, to the ones you love, or someone you don’t even really know.

Please take this seriously—wear a facial covering, thoroughly wash your hands, and keep staying home if you can. The fight with this virus is far from over.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: June 22, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases8094*
Deaths164
Total Tested in Shelby County109,925
Tennessee Total Cases35,102
*As of 2:00 p.m. 6/21/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN562
Desoto County, MS790
Crittenden County, AR588
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 6/22/2020

Shelby County Health Department is tracking clusters in facilities that serve certain vulnerable populations:

Here is information about clusters considered to be resolved. A cluster is considered resolved once a facility has gone 28 days without a new case.

Here is the most recent testing and case information provided by the Shelby County Division of Corrections:

The testing positivity rate is the percentage of all tests conducted that are found to be positive. The chart below shows Shelby County’s testing positivity rates over time, as of June 21, 2020.    

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. Some non-essential businesses may reopen under the guidance of Shelby County Health Directive #4, issued on May 18, 2020, which can be viewed here:  www.shelbytnhealth.com/healthdirectives.

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 (6-19)

On this morning’s COVID-19 Joint Task Force call, Dr. Morgan McDonald the Deputy Commissioner for Population Heath with the State of Tennessee, gave a presentation regarding the Clinical Surge Capacity for Shelby County.

Below are two slides of interest as you look at our other data points.

*Estimated COVID Hospitalized are COVID positive and 20% of Persons of Interest (suspected positives) in hospital with pending results

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

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases7440
Deaths152
Total Tested in Shelby County103,875
Tennessee Total Cases32,829
*As of 2:00 p.m. 6/19/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN541
Desoto County, MS790
Crittenden County, AR562
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 6/19/2020

Shelby County Health Department is tracking clusters in facilities that serve certain vulnerable populations:

Here is information about clusters considered to be resolved. A cluster is considered resolved once a facility has gone 28 days without a new case.

Here is the most recent testing and case information provided by the Shelby County Division of Corrections:

The testing positivity rate is the percentage of all tests conducted that are found to be positive. The chart below shows Shelby County’s testing positivity rates over time, as of June 18, 2020.     

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. Some non-essential businesses may reopen under the guidance of Shelby County Health Directive #4, issued on May 18, 2020, which can be viewed here:  www.shelbytnhealth.com/healthdirectives.

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 (6-18)

Testing, testing, and more testing—it’s another important method we’re using to control the spread of the virus. Tennessee (including Shelby County) is one of the states leading the effort when it comes to testing. To date, we’ve performed nearly 103,000 tests in Shelby County alone, and we’re going to keep doing even more.

This Friday and Saturday, free COVID-19 testing will be performed at six locations throughout the city. You do not have to be experiencing symptoms, and you do not need an appointment.

Get tested. It’s quick. It’s easy, and most importantly, it’s free.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: June 18, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases7320
Deaths151
Total Tested in Shelby County102,685
Tennessee Total Cases32,829
*As of 2:00 p.m. 6/18/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN534
Desoto County, MS790
Crittenden County, AR554
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 6/18/2020

Shelby County Health Department is tracking clusters in facilities that serve certain vulnerable populations:

Here is information about clusters considered to be resolved. A cluster is considered resolved once a facility has gone 28 days without a new case.

Here is the most recent testing and case information provided by the Shelby County Division of Corrections:

The testing positivity rate is the percentage of all tests conducted that are found to be positive. The chart below shows Shelby County’s testing positivity rates over time, as of June 17, 2020.    

 Once per week, the Shelby County Health Department provides detailed analysis, including testing rate and positive case rate maps; analysis of cases by sex, age, race and ethnicity; pediatric cases by race and ethnicity; and analysis of mortalities by sex, age, race, exposure and comorbidities.

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

Here is a breakdown of current cases in Shelby County by Race and Ethnicity:

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. Some non-essential businesses may reopen under the guidance of Shelby County Health Directive #4, issued on May 18, 2020, which can be viewed here:  www.shelbytnhealth.com/healthdirectives.

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.