COVID-19 Update (1-4)

The Shelby County Health Department is still vaccinating persons in priority groups 1a1. When there has been availability, we have also provided vaccine to funeral/mortuary workers and persons 75 and older, who fall in group 1a2.

Vaccination sites at Sycamore View and Lindenwood Christian Church are now closed. This week, the Health Department’s vaccination efforts shift to congregate settings, including long-term care facilities, whose staffs and residents are part of the 1a1 priority groups. 

SCHD will announce later this week when and where drive-thru vaccination will resume for 1a1 groups, funeral/mortuary workers, and the 75+ population.

Safer at Home Health Directive No. 16 Now in Effect

Safer at Home Health Directive No. 16 is now in effect and ends January 22, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

The text of that Directive, Face Mask Directive No. 4 and summaries of the documents can be found at

Shelby County COVID-19 Cases
Total Shelby County Cases70,142
New Cases Today344
Deaths Total925
Deaths Reported Last 24 Hours11
Total Tested in Shelby County841,877

Tennessee Total Cases
As of 2:00 p.m. 1/3/21
Other Jurisdictions
Tipton County, TN5,594
Desoto County, MS15,142
Crittenden County, AR4,162
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 1/4/2021

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.

Shelby County Health Department Now Vaccinating “Phase 1a1”

The Shelby County Health Department is now vaccinating first responders and certain high-risk frontline health care workers deemed “1a1” in the Tennessee Department of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan listed here:

The vaccines are currently being given at two drive-thru vaccination sites in Shelby County:

  • 1826 Sycamore View Road
    • Sunday, January 3, 2021: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • 2400 Union Avenue, at Lindenwood Christian Church
    • Sunday, January 3, 2021: 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Vaccines are currently only available to people who meet the following criteria:

  • First responders with direct public exposure including EMS, law enforcement, and fire fighters
  • Staff working at COVID-19 mass testing sites
  • Staff and residents of long-term care facilities, residential homes for the aged and staff and residents of assisted living centers who have direct contact with residents or contact with potentially infectious materials
  • Staff of other congregate care facilities such as homes for the intellectually or developmentally disabled, detention centers, Staff of Department of Children’s Services residential facilities, rehabilitation hospitals and psychiatric hospitals who have direct patient contact or contact with potentially infectious materials
  • Home health care staff with direct patient contact
  • Staff and residents of long-term care facilities, residential homes for the aged and staff and residents of assisted living centers who have direct contact with residents or contact with potentially infectious materials
  • Providers of K-12 or university student health services who have direct patient contact or contact with potentially infectious materials

Safer at Home Health Directive No. 16 now in effect:

During the four weeks from December 26, 2020 to January 22, 2021, residents of Shelby County are asked to remain at home as much as possible. Specific recommendations and restrictions include:

  • Social activities related to entertainment and recreation should be curtailed because they expose everyone to unnecessary risks of spreading COVID-19. This would include, for example, indoor receptions, parties or events that are not related to places of worship, weddings, and funerals.
  • Employers are strongly encouraged to allow employees to work remotely (where feasible).
  • All previously approved events that were to occur during the effective dates of this Safer at Home order should reschedule their events or contact the Health Department to determine whether their event may still proceed.
  • Due to the risk of viral transmission, Health Directive No. 16 strongly discourages any on-site dining.
  • Indoor dining capacity must not exceed 25%.
  • Retail capacity must not exceed 50%.
  • Gyms and fitness facilities must limit capacity to 50%, including staff.
  • Businesses that provide goods or services exclusively through curbside service and pickup, drive-thru, shipment, delivery or virtually may continue.
  • All safety measures for individuals, services, and businesses that were in the previous Health Directive No. 15 will continue under the new Health Directive No. 16.

Summary of Face Mask Directive No. 4, now in effect:

  • Clarifies that masks are required in gyms and fitness facilities unless a customer has a medical condition that prevents him/her from wearing a mask, and if that is the case, a face shield is required.
  • Clarifies language for dining experiences to require a mask unless a customer is “seated and dining (eating/drinking).”

Early Treatment

An effective early treatment is available for persons who test positive and have the following risk factors:

  • Anyone over age 12 with obesity, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, or whose immunity is compromised by disease or prescription treatments.
  • Anyone age 12-17 with sickle cell disease; neuromuscular disorder; dependence on medical intervention, such as a breathing or feeding tube; or a lung disorder such as asthma that requires daily medication.
  • Anyone over age 55 with cardiovascular disease, hypertension, COPD or other chronic respiratory disease.
  • Anyone over age 65.

If you test positive, and have any of these risk factors, ask your health care provider about early COVID-19 treatments.


The Shelby County Health Department, in collaboration with the Shelby County Joint Task Force, has created an online hub for COVID-19. Visit for testing information, frequently asked questions and resources both communities and businesses.

COVID-19 Testing Availability

Shelby County has plenty of testing capacity available, and anyone who thinks they need a test should get one. Two of the community drive-through testing sites are now available to anyone, and no appointment is needed during their regular testing hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Those sites are:

  • 2355 Appling City Cove
  • 1720 RKS Commercial Cove (off Lamar Avenue)

Flu Vaccination

The Health Department strongly recommends vaccination against influenza. It is possible to get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time, and that may increase the risk of severe illness. The flu vaccine will not protect you against COVID-19, but it is the best protection we have against seasonal influenza.

Health Department Hotline

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 901-222-MASK (6275), was activated March 12, 2020. Since that date, it has fielded thousands 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.

Health Department Call Center Statistics
Total Calls Received since 3/12/2019,476
Total Calls Answered 1/3/21301

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.

COVID-19 Joint Task Force Press Conference

The Health Department is also providing a live bi-weekly update for media partners each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at 12:00pm via Go To Webinar through the COVID-19 Joint Task Force. Interpretation services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities will be available.

Keeping Shelby County residents, elected officials, and faith and community leaders informed is an important part of our strategy to control the spread of COVID-19 in our community.