COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (3/30)

Over the last several days especially as we’ve had nicer weather, more and more people have been getting outside, which that alone is not a bad thing. In fact, doctors even recommend it. That said, it does become a huge problem when people disregard the importance of social distancing.

In last Friday’s update, I announced that we were closing all City baseball, softball and soccer fields, and basketball courts. Additionally, we closed dog parks and skateboard parks.

Unfortunately, some people are not taking this seriously, and for the health of our city—they must start to do so.

What happened this past weekend at a couple parks in our city was reckless, irresponsible and selfish. Because of this, effective 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 31st, we are limiting park access at all city-owned parks.

The first restriction will be to cars. Riverside Drive will be closed, and I will be closing as many roads in and around parks that the fire marshal will let me. Second, even though our Safer at Home Order sets this out, I will repeat—no groups of people will be allowed to congregate in our parks.

Medical experts recommend outdoor activities, but only with people in your household and staying at least six feet away from everyone else.

To help us monitor compliance, we will have City of Memphis employees at parks throughout the city. These new restrictions are designed to allow people to walk or run through their neighborhood park but to prohibit people from congregating in large groups.

I’ve said this before, and I’m saying it again—things will get worse before they get better. But, they will get better.

As mayor, I can only do so much. Government can only do so much to dictate the actions of citizens. Everyone must take personal responsibility, take social distancing and hygiene seriously, and stay home.

This is serious. You need to take it seriously because if you don’t—more people are going to die needlessly.

By staying safe at home, you will save lives.

We must all come together to stay apart and stop the spread of the virus.

Below is a graph that demonstrates the seriousness of this issue.

To stay up-to-date on everything the City and Joint Task Force is doing visit

For concerns about the virus, call the Shelby County Health Department hotline at 833-943-1658.

To report violations of the Safer at Home Executive Order, please call 311.

What can you do to help?

If you want help those affected by making a contribution, you can donate 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 30, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases 379
Deaths 1
Total Tested in Shelby County 4382
Tennessee Total Cases 1537*
*As of 2:00 p.m. 3/29/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN 15
Desoto County, MS 71
Crittenden County, AR 17
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 3/30/2020

Shelby County currently has 379 confirmed COVID-19 cases. That includes one (1) death.

To date, a total of 4,382 persons have been tested for the COVID-19 virus in Shelby County.  Here is a breakdown of current cases by age range:

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).