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COVID-19 Update (2-8)

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/.

First Dose Appointments ONLY

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+.

First dose availabilities for 2355 Appling City Cove February 9 – February 10: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/appling1

First dose availabilities for Germantown Baptist Church February 10 – February 11: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/germantown1

First dose availabilities at the Pipkin Building February 9 – February 12: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/PipkinBuilding1

First dose availabilities for SWTCC at 1234 Finley Road in Whitehaven, Feb 5-13: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/SCHDWhitehavenFeb5-13

First dose availabilities for SWTCC at 1234 Finley Road in Whitehaven, Feb 16-20: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/SCHDWhitehavenFeb16-20

First dose availabilities for SWTCC at 1234 Finley Road in Whitehaven, Feb 23-27: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/SCHDWhitehavenFeb23-27

Second dose appointments for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are available on Saturday, February 13. These appointments are for the following:

  • Moderna 2nd Dose: For any person receiving 1st dose Moderna through January 20th.
  • Pfizer 2nd Dose: For any person receiving 1st dose Pfizer through January 27th. 

Sign-up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/PipkinBuildingSecondDose

Please check www.shelby.community for additional availabilities.

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 and 70 +. To schedule an appointment, go to https://www.walmart.com/cp/1228302.
Shelby County COVID-19 Cases
Total Shelby County Cases85,076
New Cases Today278
Deaths Total1,379
Deaths Reported Last 24 Hours1
Total Tested in Shelby County978,412

Tennessee Total Cases
744,600
As of 2:00 p.m. 2/7/21
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 2/8/2021

Ongoing & Completed Clusters

Shelby County Health Department is tracking clusters in facilities that serve certain vulnerable populations:

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

COVID-19 vaccinations for 1a1 and 1a2 groups, health care workers and individuals age 70+ continues. 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 here: https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/documents/cedep/novel-coronavirus/COVID-19_Vaccination_Plan.pdf.

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:

  • University Clinical Health – 2355 Appling City Cove
  • Christ Community Health Services – Lamar Emissions Station – 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 3/12/2026,387
Total Calls Answered 2/7/21150

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.