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COVID-19 Update (3-2)

The Shelby County Health Department is now in Phase 1b of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan. This phase makes vaccination available to residents who are 65 years and older, teachers, and childcare staff.
Vaccination appointments may be made at this website: https://covid19.memphistn.gov/.

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.

Health Directive No. 18 in effectFor 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 Cases88,153
New Cases Today42
Deaths Total1,498
Deaths Reported Last 24 Hours0
Total Tested in Shelby County1,025,082
Tennessee Total Cases775,693
As of 2:00 p.m. 03/01/21
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 03/02/2021

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 3/12/2029,783
Total Calls Answered 3/1/21262

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 afternoons at 12:00 pm via GoToMeeting 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.