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Announcements

New and Expanded COVID-19 Testing Sites

Update: April 7, 2020

CHURCH HEALTH

Location: 1350 Concourse Ave

By appointment only, call (901) 272-0003

MEMPHIS HEALTH CENTER 

Location: 360 E. H. Crump Blvd.

By appointment only, call (901) 261-2042

Times: Friday, April 10, 2020, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Drive Thru Kickoff Date)

TRI STATE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER

Location: 1725 Pinebrook 

By appointment only, call (901) 572-1573

CASE MANAGEMENT, INC

Location: 3171 Directors Row

By appointment only, call (901) 821-5880 or email

COVID-19TestCMI@cmiofmemphis.org

CHRIST COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES

Location: 3362 S Third St

By appointment only, Text “Test2020” to 91999

UT DRIVE-THROUGH TESTING @ TIGER LANE

Location: Midsouth Fairgrounds

By appointment only, Text “covid” to 901-203-5526         

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Road Closures

Riverside Drive Closed

Beginning on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Riverside Drive between W. Georgia Ave. and Union Ave. will be totally closed to through traffic to enforce the COVID-19, “Safer at Home” directive.  This section of Riverside Dr. will remain closed for an indefinite period of time.

Motorists who normally use Riverside Drive between W. Georgia Ave. and Union Ave. are advised to use an alternate route during the duration of the closure.

The signed detour route will make use of Crump Boulevard, Second Street, B.B. King Blvd. and Jefferson Avenue.

Prepared by the Division of Engineering.

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Announcements Health Department

TN Department of Health Update (3/25)

Tennessee department of health logo

March 25, 2020

Dear Colleagues, 

The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) is providing this update regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Cases in healthcare workers or in your facility:

As COVID-19 spreads, healthcare related exposures are increasing. We have developed the guidance below for individual providers and facilities on how to respond if there is a case (or suspected case) in a healthcare staff member.

  • Guidance for healthcare providers diagnosed with COVID-19

Communicating with patients:

TDH has developed resources that may be useful in communicating with your patients. These documents provide actionable steps and guidance for those who may have been exposed, those awaiting test results, and those diagnosed.

Testing guidance:

Not every patient with respiratory illness needs to be tested for COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home, and there is no treatment specifically approved for this virus.

TDH’s triage and assessment criteria are available here.We continue to encourage patients to seek care first from their usual site of care and we are working to enable providers to accommodate that need. We know that shortages of PPE, testing supplies, and testing sites are common. A number of healthcare facilities have established remote assessment sites which can be accessed across the state. While we are looking at every opportunity to fix those problems, permanent solutions are not immediately available and we need your help in addressing these shortages by implementing strategies to conserve PPE and by minimizing unnecessary tests. While providers do not need to consult with public health before sending a test to a commercial lab, providers should prioritize testing for individuals who are the sickest, have comorbid conditions putting them at higher risk, or who are healthcare workers. Prioritizing tests for those individuals is essential to improving turnaround times while there is national shortage of test reagents and supplies, among public health and commercial laboratories. 

Counterfeit COVID-19 tests  

The Food & Drug Administration and U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations team are monitoring reports about counterfeit COVID-19 testing kits. At this time, the FDA has not authorized any test that is available to purchase for testing yourself at home for COVID-19. More information can be found here: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronaviruscovid-19-update-fda-alerts-consumers-about-unauthorized-fraudulent-covid-19-test-kits. TDH encourages use of reputable and known testing resources to prevent retesting and delays in healthcare and public health actions.

If you believe you may have received a counterfeit COVID-19 test, you can report it to the HSI Tip Line at (866) 347-2423 or via an anonymous online form at: https://www.ice.gov/webform/hsi-tip-form.

Reporting COVID-19 cases and deaths: 

COVID-19 cases and deaths are immediately reportable to TDH and full guidance is available online here Cases: Healthcare providers have 3 options for reporting laboratory confirmed cases:

  • Fax the PUI Form and a copy of the positive laboratory report to 615-741-3857
  • Call the TDH COVID-19 call center between 8am-8pm, 615-741-7247
  • Submit an electronic Morbidity Report*

*If you already report diseases or conditions to TDH via Morbidity Reports, you can continue to do this for COVID-19 positive labs. These are electronically submitted to NBS through https://hssi.tn.gov/auth/login.

Death: Providers have 2 options for reporting deaths in a suspected or laboratory-confirmed COVID19 case among their patients or in their facility:

  • Providers can inform their county medical examiner of the death, and the county medical examiner will then notify the Office of the State Chief Medical Examiner.
  • Fax the PUI Form (noting the field indicating death) and a copy of the positive laboratory report to 615-741-3857. An updated form can be submitted indicating death.

Elective dental and medical procedures

Governor Lee has signed Executive Order 18, which states that dental service providers shall not perform any non-emergency dental or oral procedures. All hospitals and surgical outpatient facilities in the State of Tennessee shall not perform non-essential procedures, which include any medical procedure that is not necessary to address a medical emergency or to preserve the health and safety of a patient, as determined by a licensed medical provider. Ambulatory providers should continue to treat patients, preferably via telehealth and telemedicine when possible to minimize exposure risks.

This order will preserve staff, personal protective equipment, and patient care supplies, ensure staff and patient safety, and expand available capacity.

Telehealth

There has been a rapid expansion in reimbursement opportunities for telehealth, now including homebased telehealth coverage by nearly every plan in the state during this time of public health response. Please utilize telehealth and telephone triage as much as possible for both sick and well patients. This is critical to minimize public exposure to illness and to optimize capacity for routine and emergent are. Several resources have been put together that I’ve listed below. Utilization of telehealth and telephonic management should be optimized in all settings.

https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/mentalhealth/documents/TDMHSAS_Coronavirus_Telehealth_ FAQ_3.20.20.pdf

Provider webinars

TDH has provided a series of webinars to share clinical and public health updates for front-line clinicians. Recordings of past webinars, and information to join future ones are available here. The TDH site for COVID-19 resources is https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html. It is updated continuously.

CDC Clinician Outreach & Communication Activity (COCA) call

CDC has scheduled another COCA call TODAY (Wednesday, March 25, 2020 from 2:00–3:00 EDT. The presenters will provide a COVID-19 update and discuss strategies for healthcare facilities to optimize personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies such as eye protection, isolation gowns, facemasks, and N95 respirators. More details available here.

Thank you for all that you do in keeping Tennesseans safe and healthy. 

Tennessee Department of Health

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Announcements City Hall

City Hall Access (3/24)

Effective March 24, 2020, all City Hall access will be redirected to the Front Street garage entrance.  All employees and visitors must enter via the garage on Front street; short term parking will be available.  

Treasury is available to accept tax payments; however, citizens are highly encouraged to make payments online.  You may drop-off of bids, contracts, engineering plans, and make accounts payable inquires at the Treasury window. 

The Metro Alarm Office will have limited staff to continue to process alarm permits, fines, and deposits for the office.

We ask that all inquiries regarding alarm calls  are conducted via e-mail  at metroalarms@memphistn.gov or phone at 901.636.6380

Memphis and Shelby County Division of Planning and Development- documents that must be physically dropped off can be delivered to the DPD drop center in the front lobby of the Office of Construction Code Enforcement on Mullins Station.

Citizens are highly encouraged to visit each respective division website for more contact information.

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Announcements

Safer at Home Executive Order

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 6pm on March 24, 2020 through midnight June 1, 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.

THE BOTTOM LINE

City residents will be required to stay inside their homes unless they are engaged in certain “essential activities.” On those occasions when you are out of your home for necessary tasks, stay at least six feet away from others.

YOU CAN …

  • Go to the grocery, convenience or warehouse store
  • Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities
  • Go to medical appointments (check with your doctor or provider first)
  • Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery or drive-thru
  • Care for or support a friend or family member
  • Take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog and be in nature for exercise — just keep at least six feet between you and others.
  • Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian if necessary
  • Help someone to get necessary supplies
  • Receive deliveries from any business which delivers

YOU SHOULD NOT …

  • Go to work unless you are providing essential services as defined by this Order
  • Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need
  • Maintain less than 6 feet of distance from others when you go out
  • Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility or other residential care facility, except for limited exceptions as provided on the facility websites.

Essential &
Non-essential Services

Read examples of what an essential or non-essential service or business is. To view a list of essential and nonessential services, click here.

How to Help

If you want help those affected by making a contribution, you can contribute to the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund at the Community Foundation. The fund will provide flexible funding to organizations working with community members who have been impacted by novel Coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak in West Tennessee, eastern Arkansas, and northern Mississippi.

To learn more and donate online, visit cfgm.org/COVID


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

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Residents 80
Out-of-County Residents 4
Tennessee Total Cases 505*
*As of 2:00 p.m. 3/22/20
Shelby County Residents Approved for Testing by State Lab 46
Persons Under Public Health Monitoring in Shelby County
103
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN 5
Desoto County, MS 23
Crittenden County, AR 4 or under
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 3/23/2020

Shelby County currently has 84 confirmed COVID-19 cases. The increase in case numbers is not unexpected because testing has increased, especially by commercial laboratories.

Please note: Laboratory reports of positive cases are reported to local health departments as soon as results are available. State numbers are updated at 2 p.m. CDT daily; but there is a lag in reporting of cumulative numbers at the state level, and that accounts for any discrepancy.

The Health Department is committed to providing as much information as possible to the public as the COVID-19 situation continues to develop. The Health Department’s hotline number is 833-943-1658.

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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (3/22)

We’ve been saying this over and over, but it cannot be stressed enough. If you know you are sick, stay home. We are seeing proof that transmissions are happening in the workplace. The solution: even if you perform an essential function, stay home if you are sick! I know the choice to stay home is not always easy or an option, but if we’re going to slow the spread of the virus we all must do this.

Based on CDC guidance, I’m asking employers to adopt the following practices: 

1. Encourage staff who can to telework
2. Consider the following measures to achieve social distances requirement 

  • Spacing workers at the worksite 
  • Staggering work schedules 
  • Decreasing social contacts in the workplace (limit in-person meetings) 
  • All break areas must accommodate distancing 
  • Reducing the capacity of customers

3. Strive for flexible leave policies for staff who need to stay home due to school/childcare dismissals.

As you may have seen on Friday, Shelby County Schools announced they would no longer be able to deliver food service to students due to coronavirus concerns. It’s amazing what can be accomplished when people work together to get things done, and this is a prime example. As soon as we heard the news, the City, YMCA, Feedwells, Mid-South Food Bank, and Shelby County Schools worked together to craft an alternate plan to make sure students do not go without food. 

To see the full details of the plan, go here.

If you need to conduct business with the City like paying taxes, fines, etc., please do so through the mail or one of our on-line portals rather than in person. The link to pay your taxes online can be found on our memphistn.gov site. If you don’t access to a computer or a smart phone to pay your City of Memphis bills, don’t come to City Hall, you can call (901) 522-1111 so that we can make the necessary arrangements so you don’t get charged late fees or fines.
One of the unintended consequences of social distancing and avoiding large gatherings is the cancellations of blood drives across the country, resulting is a critical blood shortage.  

The CDC is advising that blood donors who are well to please schedule an appointment to donate as soon as you can. We have recommended that people avoid gatherings. But blood drives are not gatherings: they are blood donation operations that are an “essential health care activity.” To care for patients, people should give blood, keep scheduled blood drives and organize blood drives in the coming weeks.

if you want help those affected by making a contribution, you can contribute to the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund at the Community Foundation. The fund will provide flexible funding to organizations working with community members who have been impacted by novel Coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak in West Tennessee, eastern Arkansas, and northern Mississippi. 

To learn more and donate online, visit cfgm.org/COVID

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

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County: 66*
Tennessee: 505
Shelby County Residents Approved for Testing by State Lab: 50
Persons Under Public Health Monitoring in Shelby County: 114
All numbers updated as of 2:00 p.m. 3/22/20
*Includes one out-of-state resident who tested positive in Shelby County. Listed on the Tennessee Department of Health site as “Resident of Other State/Country.”

Shelby County currently has 66 confirmed COVID-19 cases. The increase in case numbers is not unexpected because testing has increased, especially by commercial laboratories. 

Please note: Laboratory reports of positive cases are reported to local health departments as soon as results are available. State numbers are updated at 2 p.m. CDT daily; but there is a lag in reporting of cumulative numbers at the state level, and that accounts for any discrepancy.

The Health Department is committed to providing as much information as possible to the public as the COVID-19 situation continues to develop. The Health Department’s hotline number (833-943-1658), was activated March 12, 2020. Since that date, it has fielded hundreds of calls from the general public about COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (3/21)

Effective midnight on March 19, 2020, I declared a state of civil emergency requiring all restaurants to perform only take-out or delivery services and bars, gyms and other workout facilities to close. In addition to that order, effective midnight March 21, 2020, I am now requiring:

a. Theaters, cinemas, movie theatres, and indoor and outdoor performance venues, and other similar recreational or entertainment facilities; and

b. Bowling alley, arcades, indoor climbing facility, indoor skating rink, trampoline park, and other similar recreational or entertainment facilities; and

c. Hookah bars, cigar bars, and vaping lounges offering their products for on-premises consumption.

In addition, on-site consumption of food or beverage within private fraternal, social, golf or country clubs or similar private clubs are prohibited as of tonight at midnight.

To see the executive order, click here.

In other news, this morning the Memphis Alcohol Commission unanimously voted to allow restaurants to sell beer effective immediately for delivery and takeout orders. 

During this time, we are still strongly encouraging you to continue to-go orders and support our local restaurants and their staffs. We’re providing on-street parking relief exclusively for food delivery vehicles at various restaurant locations Downtown and Midtown where parking meters are installed. For Downtown restaurant pick-up, take-out and delivery, go here

To enhance and expand the work we’ve been doing over the last eight days, we created the joint Memphis/Shelby County COVID-19 Task Force. The task force is led by Mayor Lee Harris and myself and includes representation from all divisions of both Shelby County Government and City of Memphis, as well as, other public service agencies and members of the nonprofit community.

If you want help those affected by making a contribution, you can contribute to the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund at the Community Foundation. The fund will provide flexible funding to organizations working with community members who have been impacted by novel Coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak in West Tennessee, eastern Arkansas, and northern Mississippi. 

To learn more and donate online, visit cfgm.org/COVID

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: March 21, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County: 42*
Tennessee: 228

Shelby County Residents Approved for Testing by State Lab: 46

Persons Under Public Health Monitoring in Shelby County: 60

All numbers updated as of 10:00 a.m. 3/21/20

*Includes one out-of-state resident who tested positive in Shelby County. Listed on the Tennessee Department of Health site as “Resident of Other State/Country.”

Shelby County currently has 42 confirmed COVID-19 cases. The increase in case numbers is not unexpected because testing has increased, especially by commercial laboratories. 

Please note: Laboratory reports of positive cases are reported to local health departments as soon as results are available. State numbers are updated at 2 p.m. CDT daily; but there is a lag in reporting of cumulative numbers at the state level, and that accounts for any discrepancy.

There are now indications that person-to-person spread in the community may be taking place. The Health Department recommends strict adherence to social-distancing recommendations:

Messages for Individuals:
• Avoid handshakes and close contact with others whenever possible. 
• Cancel or postpone gatherings of 10 or more people. Instead of visiting friends or relatives, call or video chat. 
• Stay at home whenever possible. While Shelby County School students and many others are out of school, keep children home and plan home-based activities.
• Children and adults may exercise outdoors, while maintaining at least six feet of distance from others.
• Do not go to work or go out in public if you are sick, especially with fever, cough or other respiratory symptoms. 
• Re-evaluate travel plans. It is strongly recommended to avoid any unnecessary travel.  If traveling overseas, check the CDC’s travel advisory website, which is updated daily: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.  If traveling within the U.S., avoid destinations where COVID-19 has been reported. 
• Avoid non-essential flights. Traveling by private vehicle limits exposure to other people.
• Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Scrub dirt under fingernails with a brush and soap. 
• Practice respiratory etiquette by using a tissue if coughing or sneezing, then throwing the tissue away and washing your hands.
• Sanitize surfaces that are frequently touched by many people with anti-bacterial wipes or diluted bleach solution. 

Messages for Community/Business Leaders:

• Cancel or postpone meetings and conferences of 10 or more people. 
• Consider conducting all conferences or meetings by phone or video chat rather than face-to-face.
• Adhere to CDC travel guidelines by reviewing the CDC’s travel website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html) and avoiding destinations with travel health notices.
• Discourage workers from using other workers’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, whenever possible.
• Encourage and enable employee telecommuting to limit person-to-person interactions as much as possible.
• Businesses that serve the public, including restaurants and retail stores should encourage social distancing by putting space between tables and spacing out check-out lines as much as possible.
• Consider providing delivery or curbside pick-up options to limit interactions in stores and restaurants. 

The Health Department is committed to providing as much information as possible to the public as the COVID-19 situation continues to develop. The Health Department’s hotline number (833-943-1658), was activated March 12, 2020. Since that date, it has fielded hundreds of calls from the general public about COVID-19. Below are statistics about calls into the hotline since March 12, 2020, and a daily number of hotline calls fielded yesterday.

The COVID-19 hotline is answered each day, including Saturday and Sunday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
After-hours calls are returned as soon as possible on the next business day. 

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3-24-20 City Council Meeting Update

3-24-20 City Council Meeting UpdatePosted on 03/19/2020

CITY OF MEMPHIS
NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING OF
THE MEMPHIS CITY COUNCIL
Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 3:30 p.m.

Due to the declarations of a State of Emergency by the President of the United States, the Governor of Tennessee and the Mayor of Memphis relating to Covid-19 Epidemic the Council has determined that is necessary that the meeting be conducted by electronic or other means of communication in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public, City employees, Council staff and Members of the Council.

THERE WILL BE NO PHYSICAL MEETING

Attached to this Notice of Meeting are instructions on how members of the public may electronically access the meeting and/or a recording of the meeting and how the public may provide written comments concerning any agenda item or any other matter prior to the meeting.

INSTRUCTIONS OF STEPS TO VIEW THE MARCH 24, 2020 MEMPHIS CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Take notice, the Memphis City Council will meet on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 1:45 p.m. However, due to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) health and safety concerns, the public is not permitted to attend the meeting in-person. Instead, the public is permitted to participate in the meeting in the following manner: (I) Electronically, via live-stream, (II) Radio, via 88.5 FM (WQOX), and (III) Electronically, via digital archive.

A. Electronically, via live-stream

To view the Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Memphis City Council meeting electronically, via live-stream, follow the steps below:

(1) Access the internet,
(2) Go to the Memphis City Council’s “Watch Meetings Online” page here.
(3) At 1:45 p.m., click on the March 24, 2020 Memphis City Council meeting
(4) Begin viewing the March 24, 2020 Memphis City Council meeting electronically via live-stream
(5) Click on the March 24, 2020 “Agenda” tab to view the agenda documents

B. Radio, via 88.5 FM (WQOX)

To listen to the Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Memphis City Council meeting by radio, via
88.5 FM (WQOX), follow the steps below:

(1) Access a radio with FM-capabilities,
(2) At 3:30 p.m., turn the radio dial to 88.5 FM (WQOX),
(3) Begin listening to the March 24, 2020 Memphis City Council meeting by radio via 88.5 FM (WQOX)

C. Electronically, via digital archive

To listen to the Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Memphis City Council meeting electronically, via digital archive, follow the steps below:
(1) Access the internet after the March 24, 2020 Memphis City Council meeting,
(2) Go to the Memphis City Council’s “Archived Videos” page here.
(3) Press play on the March 24, 2020 “City Council Full Meeting” tab
(4) Begin viewing the March 24, 2020 Memphis City Council meeting electronically via digital archive
(5) Click on the March 24, 2020 “Agenda” tab to view the agenda documents
(6) Click on the March 24, 2020 “Minutes” tab to view the meeting minutes
Note: Public comments may be submitted to the Memphis City Council twenty-four (24) hours prior to the March 24, 2020 meeting. To submit your public comment, please email Patrice.Robinson@memphistn.gov with your (a) full name, (b) full street address, (c) phone number, (d) agenda item, if applicable, and (e) comment. For more information, please call (901) 636-6786.

Thank you for your patience during this time. We look forward to continuing our work on your behalf as a thirteen-member council working to make Memphis a safe, healthy, and prosperous city for all!

With earnest appreciation,

Patrice Jordan Robinson
Chairwoman, Memphis City Council

View Public Notice of Meeting and Viewing Instructions

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

As we have been doing for the past two weeks, the City of Memphis is taking every precaution necessary to limit the spread of COVID19 through policy, declaration, and direct action. 

For the first time in Memphis, we are now experiencing community transmission of the virus meaning it is no longer only being transmitted from someone who has traveled outside the city. To that end, effective midnight March 19, 2020, I am declaring a state of civil emergency. By declaration, I am requiring all restaurants to perform only take-out or delivery services and bars, gyms and other workout facilities to close. In addition, I am asking that all worship services either be streamed online or postponed until further notice. 

During this time, we strongly encourage you to continue to-go orders and support our local restaurants and their staffs. We’re providing on-street parking relief exclusively for food delivery vehicles at various restaurant locations Downtown and Midtown where parking meters are installed. For a Downtown restaurant pick-up, take-out and delivery, go here.

To see executive order, click here

I want our business owners, service workers, faith leaders, and the citizens of Memphis to know these are not easy decisions, and they have not been made lightly. My heart goes out to all that are affected, and our office will do everything within our power to work with you to get the resources you need as quickly as we can get them. 

Additionally, we are taking action now with UT Health Science Center and the Shelby County Health Dept. to get ready for drive-thru testing at Tiger Lane when test kits become more widely available. We are currently working through logistics to make sure once we have tests the process is smooth and efficient. No tests are being administered today. As we have more concrete information, we will share times of operation, traffic flow, and when you can expect to get the test results.
I mentioned this earlier this week, and I just want to reiterate the point again.  When you grocery shop, please only get what you need. There is no need to hoard. Infant formula is being hoarded along with many other household items. Unlike toilet paper or peanut butter, infant formula is not easily substituted. The stores all have plenty of food and supplies either in-store, online or on the way. It’s just a matter of having time to get shelves restocked. We ask that you be patient. If you’re a family who may have formula you can donate, contact your local faith organization, Mid-South Food Bank or MIFA.

Yesterday, I told you about the creation of the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund at the Community Foundation. The fund will provide flexible funding to organizations working with community members who have been impacted by novel Coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak in West Tennessee, eastern Arkansas, and northern Mississippi. 

The first phase of these rapid-response grants will address:

• The economic impact of reduced and lost work due to the novel Coronavirus outbreak;
• Immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations caused by closures and cancellations related to COVID-19;
• Increased demand for medical information and support; and
• Fear and confusion about the outbreak among the region’s most vulnerable residents.

To learn more and donate online, visit cfgm.org/COVID

As many of you saw yesterday, the legendary Grindfather, Tony Allen and the Memphis Grizzlies had a message to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Check out the message here.

Thanks so much to Tony and the entire Grizzlies organization for always being such a great partner.

Finally, to our first responders—words can never express how truly grateful I am for what you’re doing and what you will do over the next several weeks. You are the best of the best, and the light that will help lead us through the darkness as more people become ill. Know that we fully support you as we move through this difficult time.

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

Shelby County: 10
Tennessee: 98
Shelby County Residents Approved for Testing by State Lab: 36
Persons Under Public Health Monitoring in Shelby County: 81
Above numbers updated as of 2:00 p.m. 3/19/20

Shelby County currently has ten (10) confirmed COVID-19 cases. Results on six (6) new cases were reported to the Health Department last night. This increase is not unexpected because commercial laboratories have begun reporting results on tests conducted over the last several days. 

While there is still no direct evidence of community transmission of the virus, the rapid increase in cases is suggestive that community transmission may be occurring. Now is the time for strict adherence to the Health Department’s social-distancing recommendations:

Messages for Individuals:
• Avoid handshakes and close contact with others whenever possible. 
• Cancel or postpone gatherings of 10 or more people. Instead of visiting friends or relatives, call or video chat. 
• Stay at home whenever possible. While Shelby County School students and many others are out of school, keep children home and plan home-based activities.
• Do not go to work or go out in public if you are sick, especially with fever, cough or other respiratory symptoms. 
• Re-evaluate travel plans. It is strongly recommended to avoid any unnecessary travel.  If traveling overseas, check the CDC’s travel advisory website, which is updated daily: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.  If traveling within the U.S., avoid destinations where COVID-19 has been reported. 
• Avoid non-essential flights. Traveling by private vehicle limits exposure to other people.
• Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Scrub dirt under fingernails with a brush and soap. 
• Practice respiratory etiquette by using a tissue if coughing or sneezing, then throwing the tissue away and washing your hands.
• Sanitize surfaces that are frequently touched by many people with anti-bacterial wipes or diluted bleach solution. 
Messages for Community/Business Leaders:
• Cancel or postpone meetings and conferences of 10 or more people. 
• Consider conducting all conferences and meetings by phone or video chat rather than face-to-face.
• Move desks and office furniture to put at least six feet of distance between employees. 
• Businesses that serve the public, including restaurants and retail stores should encourage social distancing by putting space between tables and spacing out check-out lines as much as possible.
• Consider providing delivery or curbside pick-up options to limit interactions in stores and restaurants. 
• Encourage and enable employee telecommuting to limit person-to-person interactions as much as possible.

The Health Department’s COVID-19 webpage also has a new easy-to-remember link: shelbytnhealth.com/coronavirus. The page includes useful information about the virus and links to resources for individuals, families, businesses and faith communities.

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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (3/18)

Based on the experiences of the Seattle Mayor and their community, we created the Community Response Fund which is hosted at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis. As we move through this, many people are going to need help as a result of the impact felt by the novel coronavirus. The fund will help sustain organizations offering services to those in our community who need it most. WMC did a good story on this, as well as, listing other ways you can help. To learn more, here’s a link to it.

Dr. Manoj Jain, our infectious disease specialist created the following graphs. They help demonstrate how the virus compares to others in infectivity, mortality, and how long it can live outside the human body. 

Infectivity

graphic 1

Mortality

graphic 2

Viability

graphic 3

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

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County: 4
Tennessee: 98
Shelby County Residents Approved for Testing by State Lab: 39
Persons Under Public Health Monitoring in Shelby County: 105
Above numbers updated as of 2:00 p.m. 3/18/20


Shelby County currently has four confirmed COVID-19 cases. The fourth case was identified late on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. That case is not related to any of the first 3 cases. The individual is a Shelby County resident who has no travel history outside of Shelby County but did have out-of-state visitors who had mild respiratory symptoms while visiting. The fourth case is in isolation and receiving treatment in a hospital setting. 

The third case, which was announced yesterday, is not a resident of Shelby County and had recently traveled to several other states. Based on the travel history and the date of onset of symptoms, the individual does not appear to have contracted COVID-19 in Shelby County. That individual experienced only minor symptoms and is isolated in a residential setting. The Health Department is now conducting contact tracing to identify persons who may have been exposed to the third case. 

For the Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Call Center, Please Dial:   833-943-1658

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