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COVID-19 Update (10-9)


Shelby County COVID-19 Cases
Total Shelby County Cases: 32,770
New Cases Today: 175
Deaths Total: 527
Deaths Reported Last 24 Hours: 33
Total Tested in Shelby County: 481,110
Tennessee Total Cases: 209,447

Tipton County, TN: 1,987
Desoto County, MS: 6,019
Crittenden County, AR: 2,018

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:

The Health Department issued a new directive, Health Directive No. 13 yesterday that went into effect at midnight.  Key changes in Health Directive 13 are:

  • Further expansion of time period for when limited and full service restaurants (and other similar establishments) may operate (now 12 midnight instead of 10 pm)
  • Further expanding the number of people in a group that may attend events, dining, and other family group experiences (now 8 people instead of 6)
  • Providing an easier number to remember for general COVID-19 inquiries, reporting positive cases and complaints regarding noncompliance to the health directive to the Department by calling 901-222-MASK (which is 901-222-6275), or emailing  shelbytnhealth@shelbycountytn.gov.
  • Businesses closed due to noncompliance to the health directive will be required to submit a written safety plan prior to reopening. Those businesses should anticipate a closure period of up to 14 days.

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)

This week is Fall Break for many schools. Families who plan to travel this week should be aware that persons can spread COVID-19 to others, including family members, friends and community members even if they feel well and have no symptoms. Follow the safety precautions below to reduce the risk of spreading or contracting COVID-19. 

If you travel, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends these steps to protect yourself and others:

  • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public settings.
  • Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet apart (about 2 arms’ length) from anyone who is not from your household.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

More information about traveling can be found on the CDC website here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html

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.

Flu vaccine is now available on a sliding fee scale based on income at all the Health Department’s public health clinics listed below:

  • Cawthon Public Health Clinic

1000 Haynes, 38114

  • Collierville Public Health Clinic (Tuesday and Thursday Only, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)

167 Washington St., 38017

  • Hickory Hill Public Health Clinic

       6590 Kirby Center Cove, 38118

  • Immunization Clinic

814 Jefferson, Rm. 216, 38105

  • Millington Public Health Clinic

8225 Highway 51 North, 38053

  • Southland Mall Public Health Clinic

1287 Southland Mall, 38116

  • Sycamore View Public Health Clinic

1826 Sycamore View Road, 38134