COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (3/22)

We’ve been saying this over and over, but it cannot be stressed enough. If you know you are sick, stay home. We are seeing proof that transmissions are happening in the workplace. The solution: even if you perform an essential function, stay home if you are sick! I know the choice to stay home is not always easy or an option, but if we’re going to slow the spread of the virus we all must do this.

Based on CDC guidance, I’m asking employers to adopt the following practices: 

1. Encourage staff who can to telework
2. Consider the following measures to achieve social distances requirement 

  • Spacing workers at the worksite 
  • Staggering work schedules 
  • Decreasing social contacts in the workplace (limit in-person meetings) 
  • All break areas must accommodate distancing 
  • Reducing the capacity of customers

3. Strive for flexible leave policies for staff who need to stay home due to school/childcare dismissals.

As you may have seen on Friday, Shelby County Schools announced they would no longer be able to deliver food service to students due to coronavirus concerns. It’s amazing what can be accomplished when people work together to get things done, and this is a prime example. As soon as we heard the news, the City, YMCA, Feedwells, Mid-South Food Bank, and Shelby County Schools worked together to craft an alternate plan to make sure students do not go without food. 

To see the full details of the plan, go here.

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 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.
One of the unintended consequences of social distancing and avoiding large gatherings is the cancellations of blood drives across the country, resulting is a critical blood shortage.  

The CDC is advising that blood donors who are well to please schedule an appointment to donate as soon as you can. We have recommended that people avoid gatherings. But blood drives are not gatherings: they are blood donation operations that are an “essential health care activity.” To care for patients, people should give blood, keep scheduled blood drives and organize blood drives in the coming weeks.

if you want help those affected by making a contribution, you can contribute to the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund at the Community Foundation. The fund will provide flexible funding to organizations working with community members who have been impacted by novel Coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak in West Tennessee, eastern Arkansas, and northern Mississippi. 

To learn more and donate online, visit

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: March 22, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County: 66*
Tennessee: 505
Shelby County Residents Approved for Testing by State Lab: 50
Persons Under Public Health Monitoring in Shelby County: 114
All numbers updated as of 2:00 p.m. 3/22/20
*Includes one out-of-state resident who tested positive in Shelby County. Listed on the Tennessee Department of Health site as “Resident of Other State/Country.”

Shelby County currently has 66 confirmed COVID-19 cases. The increase in case numbers is not unexpected because testing has increased, especially by commercial laboratories. 

Please note: Laboratory reports of positive cases are reported to local health departments as soon as results are available. State numbers are updated at 2 p.m. CDT daily; but there is a lag in reporting of cumulative numbers at the state level, and that accounts for any discrepancy.

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 (833-943-1658), was activated March 12, 2020. Since that date, it has fielded hundreds of calls from the general public about COVID-19.