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COVID-19 Update (2-5)

The Shelby County Health Department has launched case notification via text message to the public. Learn more at https://shelby.community/contact-tracing/

FIRST DOSE APPOINTMENTS

Currently the Health Department is vaccinating first responders and health care workers listed in Phases 1a1 and 1a2, funeral/mortuary workers and all persons age 70+.

New first dose availabilities now open at the Pipkin Building today, February 5.

On Saturday, February 6, at the Pipkin Building appointments are available for second doses for:

  • Those vaccinated with Moderna vaccine through Jan. 9
  • Those vaccinated with Pfizer vaccine anytime through Jan. 16th
  • Please do not sign up for a Saturday, February 6 appointment if you have not received a first dose of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.
  • Sign up for Pipkin Building appointments Feb. 4-6: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/PipkinBuilding

All February appointments for vaccinations at the Whitehaven vaccination site at SWTCC at 1234 Finley Road have been filled.

All appointments for first doses at the Appling Emissions Station are currently filled. Please check back for additional availabilities.

Second Dose Appointments ONLY

The Shelby County Health Department will provide 2nd doses of the Moderna vaccine beginning 1/27/21. These vaccination sites are only open to those who received a first dose of vaccine at Lindenwood Christian Church or 1826 Sycamore View Road between December 28, 2020 and January 3, 2021. Locations and times for those already with reservations listed below.

There are some slots available for second doses for those vaccinated between Dec. 28, 2020 to January 3, 2021.

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 – To schedule an appointment, go to https://www.walmart.com/cp/1228302.
Shelby County COVID-19 Cases
Total Shelby County Cases84,123
New Cases Today414
Deaths Total1,348
Deaths Reported Last 24 Hours30
Total Tested in Shelby County965,276

Tennessee Total Cases
736,370
As of 2:00 p.m. 2/4/21
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 2/5/2021

COVID-19 Vaccines for “Phase 1a1”, “Phase 1a2” & Individuals Ages 70+

COVID-19 vaccinations for 1a1 groups, health care workers and individuals age 70+ continues at the Pipkin Building. The Shelby County Health Department will continue to provide daily updates, announce when more appointments are available and provide additional signup opportunities.

All those presenting for vaccination should be prepared to bring identification and proof of eligibility, including proof of age, a professional license, or a letter from an employer.

The vaccine will be available to persons in the following categories, as defined by the Tennessee Department of Health in its COVID-19 Vaccination Plan:

Phase 1a1 Groups

  • 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
  • Individuals > 18 years or older who cannot live independently due to serious chronic medical condition or intellectual or developmental disability
  • Providers of K-12 or university student health services who have direct patient contact or contact with potentially infectious materials
  • Funeral/mortuary service providers
  • Health care workers, including:
    • Primary care providers and staff
    • Outpatient specialty providers and staff working with acute patients
    • Pharmacists and staff
    • Patient transport
    • Outpatient therapists
    • Urgent visit center providers and staff
    • Environmental services
    • Oral health providers
    • Behavioral health providers
    • Outpatient laboratory staff working with COVID-19 specimens

Individuals age 70 and over

Phase 1a2 Groups

  • Primary care providers and staff
  • Outpatient specialty providers and staff working with acute patients
  • Pharmacists and staff
  • Patient transport
  • Outpatient therapists
  • Urgent visit center providers and staff
  • Environmental services
  • Oral health providers
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Outpatient laboratory staff working with COVID-19 specimens

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.

Visit Shelby.Community for updates

The Shelby County Health Department, in collaboration with the Shelby County Joint Task Force, has created an online hub for COVID-19. Visit 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. 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)

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 3/12/2025,953
Total Calls Answered 2/4/21201

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.

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.