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COVID-19 Update (2-22)

Shelby County Health Department will move into Phase 1b of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan on Wednesday, February 24th. This phase makes vaccination available to residents who are 65 years and older, teachers, and childcare staff.

Those with vaccination appointments that were cancelled due to inclement weather last week will be automatically rescheduled on the same day of the week, time, and location this week. There is no need for anyone with a scheduled appointment to make a new appointment. They will receive an email with their new appointment date. Additionally, SCHD will release limited signups for new first and second dose appointments this week on its website: https://www.shelby.community/.

Currently the Health Department is vaccinating first responders and health care workers listed in Phases 1a1 & 1a2, funeral/mortuary workers and all persons age 70+. Future new appointment availability and updated information regarding closures will be posted at https://shelby.community/

Other Vaccination Providers

Other providers are also vaccinating persons in the priority groups, including:

  • Veteran’s Administration – Now vaccinating all veterans age 65 and older at the VA Medical Center at 1030 Jefferson Avenue. Veterans must be enrolled with the VA at www.va.gov to receive vaccination.
  • Walmart – Now vaccinating those in group 1a1, 1a2, 70+. To schedule an appointment, go to https://www.walmart.com/cp/1228302

VaxQueue is Now Available
Mayor Lee Harris and the Shelby County Health Department now offers “VaxQueue”, a standby list for those who want to be notified when they may be able to access the COVID-19 vaccine.

To be added, visit https://shelby.community/covid-19-vaccine/

Health Directive No. 18 in effect: For more information and the complete text of HD18, please visit Shelby County Health Department  COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions & Directives page.


Shelby County COVID-19 Cases
Total Shelby County Cases86,978
New Cases Today113
Deaths Total1,460
Deaths Reported Last 24 Hours1
Total Tested in Shelby County1,006,330
Tennessee Total Cases765,137
As of 2:00 p.m. 2/21/21
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 2/22/2021

Ongoing & Completed Clusters
Shelby County Health Department is tracking clusters in facilities that serve certain vulnerable populations

Contact Tracing via Text

In order to perform more efficient and effective contact investigations for COVID-19, the Shelby County Health Department has launched case notification by text message to the public. Learn more at https://shelby.community/contact-tracing/

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: https://shelby.community/ 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. To find a testing site near you, visit: https://covid19.memphistn.gov/resources/covid-19-testing-sites-in-shelby-county/.

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 3/12/2027,923
Total Calls Answered 2/21/21227

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 are available.

Public Viewing: The public can watch the briefing live on the Health Department’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ShelbyTNHealth.

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.