COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (3/14)

1.City of Memphis Directives to the Public – As a matter of precaution, we encourage all citizens to follow prevention steps from the CDC including:  

  • avoid close contact with people who are sick 
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth 
  • stay home if you are sick 
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe 
  • wash your hands often  
  • those 60 and older or with underlying health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes should avoid large gatherings and stay home if possible 

If you need to conduct business with the City like paying taxes, fines, etc., please do so through the mail or one of our on-line portals rather than in person. The link to pay your taxes online can be found on our site. 

If you don’t have access to a computer or a smart phone to pay your City of Memphis bills, don’t come to City Hall, you can call (901) 522-1111 so that we can make the necessary arrangements so you don’t get charged late fees or fines. 

The CDC asks that if you think you have been exposed to the coronavirus, contact your healthcare provider immediately, by phone. 

For full guidance on coronavirus, visit the CDC’s website here.

Shelby County Health Department has also set up a website for coronavirus here

2.Current Conditions:  federal, state local declarations

a. State declaration of emergency March 12, Federal declaration of emergency March 13  
b. This relaxes state licensure regulations for health care workers  
c. Allows pharmacists to dispense an additional 30 day supply of prescriptions  
d. Prohibits price gouging  
e. Relaxes transport regulations for ground delivery of medical supplies  
f. U.S. House of Representatives pass Coronavirus relief

3. Cases: confirmed, suspected, number quarantined  

  • We expect the number of infections to rise significantly as widespread testing begins very soon. This should not be a cause for panic but more of a realistic picture of where we are with spread of the virus. 

a. 26 confirmed cases in the State of Tennessee  
b. 2 confirmed cases in the City of Memphis 

4.Public agency status:  schools, facilities, services, events  

a. City of Memphis divisions are all operating at full capacity  
b. SCS has extended time off for students until March 30. SCS will providing free meals for students at 20 sites  March 23-27 

Affiliate Agencies: 

  • MLGW has suspended cut-offs until further notice 

How can you help? 
Volunteer/donate to the Mid-South Food Bank 
Foster a pet with MAS
Volunteer/donate to MIFA