COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (3/31)

One initial common misconception with this virus has been that it only affects people over 60 years old.

By the numbers—that’s simply not true, especially in Shelby County. The Health Department puts out a graph in their daily update, and I include it each day in here.

Today, I want to call special attention to the numbers in that graph.

Shelby County confirmed cases:

  • 11-20-year-olds= 4.7%
  • 21-30-year-olds= 22.7%
  • 31-40-year-olds= 19.1%
  • 41-50-year-olds= 16%
  • 51-60-year-olds= 17.4 %

Grand Total= 79.9% of COVID-19 cases in Shelby County have been in people 60 or younger.

We’ve limited access to parks, shut down bars, reduced restaurants to take-out and delivery only, and required many other businesses to temporarily close their doors. We are doing everything we can to slow the spread, but we cannot do it without the public taking this seriously.

The virus doesn’t care if you’re younger or older. It doesn’t care if your black or white, and it doesn’t care how much money you have.  The virus does not discriminate.

To further illustrate the importance of this, this article is a great, real-life example of how quickly and easily any one of us can be affected.

Please wash your hands often, avoid large crowds and stay at home if you can.

Memphis and Memphians have risen to the occasion every time necessary throughout our history. This time is no different, and we need you more than ever.

Safer at Home Executive Order

Since issuing the Safer at Home order, I have received several complaints through emails, social media, and phone calls to my office about businesses not following our guidance.

I want to let you know that we have City of Memphis Code Enforcement Officers actively working through those complaints and making visits to businesses to ensure compliance every single day. However, they can’t be everywhere all the time, so please keep reaching out and letting us know about those few not taking this seriously.

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

Assistance for small businesses to complete local, state or federal applications for relief:

Our Office of Business Diversity & Compliance in partnership with Tennessee Small Business Development Center – Southwest has professionals on staff to assist small business owners with completing any federal application for disaster relief funds and compiling the necessary documents for submission. These Business Navigators are trained to help answer questions and guide small business owners to resources and services.

Any Small businesses can contact:

OBDC by phone at 901-636-9300 or 901-636-6210 during regular business hours or by email at or Joann Massey at 24/7 for assistance.

TSBDC can be reached online at or by email at or email Tammy Partee at; if they cannot get to a computer they may call 901-333-5085

What can you do to help?

If you want to 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 31, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases 405
Deaths 3
Total Tested in Shelby County 4665
Tennessee Total Cases 1834*
*As of 2:00 p.m. 3/30/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN 16
Desoto County, MS 77
Crittenden County, AR 17
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 3/31/2020

Shelby County currently has 405 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Two additional deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported to the Shelby County Health Department this morning, bringing the total number of deaths in Shelby County attributed to COVID-19 to 3.

To date, a total of 4,665 persons have been tested for the COVID-19 virus in Shelby County.  Here is a breakdown of current cases by age range:

Shelby County Health Department has added a data page to its COVID-19 webpage:  It includes information about the geographic distribution of COVID-19 cases in Shelby County.      

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).