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COVID-19 Update (3-4)

In alignment with the Tennessee Health Department, the Shelby County Health Department will move into Phase 1C of the Tennessee COVID-19 Vaccination Plan on Monday, March 8, 2021. This phase includes residents who are 16 years old or older with health conditions that put them at risk of serious illness from COVID-19. For all other individuals, the age eligibility will remain age 65 and older. For a detailed list of the high-risk health conditions covered under phase 1C, please refer to Tennessee’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan posted here: https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/documents/cedep/novel-coronavirus/COVID-19_Vaccination_Plan.pdf.

Appointment availabilities at City of Memphis and Shelby County vaccination locations will be posted at https://covid19.memphistn.gov/ each Friday for the following week.

Other Vaccination Providers

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

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 Cases88,343
New Cases Today129
Deaths Total1,511
Deaths Reported Last 24 Hours11
Total Tested in Shelby County1,029,140
Tennessee Total Cases777,935
As of 2:00 p.m. 03/03/21
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 03/04/2021

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 3/12/2030,230
Total Calls Answered 3/3/21226

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.