COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (4/13)

As we all know, the impacts of COVID-19 have been felt by everyone, but our small businesses have been hit hardest by this pandemic. To help ease the burden, we have the created two micro-loan programs intended to assist Memphis businesses experiencing hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with an assistance grant program being developed by the Economic Development & Growth Engine of Memphis & Shelby County, this programming is intended to serve wide range of businesses with assistance for working capital like rent, payroll, and vendor payments.

The City’s Division of Housing & Community Development and Office of Business Diversity & Compliance are partnering on the Small Business Resiliency (SBR) loan fund, which will offer loans from $5,000 to $35,000 and will delay repayment for 90 days. Applicants must show proof of being denied by the Small Business Administration or an SBA lender. They must be located within a distressed community within Memphis, be in business for at least three years, and must be certified with the City’s Office of Business Diversity & Compliance.

The funds for the program are from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.

The Economic Hardship Emergency (EHE) loan fund will offer loans from $2,000 to $5,000 and no interest for six months.

Businesses and their owners must be located within the City of Memphis, have less than $1 million in annual revenue, be in business for at least three years, and be certified with the OBDC.

The EDGE grant program, Neighborhood Emergency Economic Development (NEED) is subject to approval by the EDGE Board of Directors, which will meet electronically this Wednesday.

The NEED program would offer between $5,000 and $10,000 to businesses that remain open with a 25 percent or greater reduction in revenue and a plan for 90 days of continuous future operation, and $5,000 for businesses that are temporarily closed due to the pandemic but have a plan for reopening within 90 days and staying open for 90 additional days.

NEED recipients must be located within New Market Tax Credit Qualified Census Tracts, have been open before March 1, 2019, and have revenue of less than $1 million. NEED recipients do not have to be SWMBE certified.

With these new programs, we’re hoping to help these small businesses to bridge the gap as we all work to get through this.

For more information or to get started, contact OBDC at 636-9300, or email Loan Administrator Jerry Brack at  Applications will open Tuesday for the EHE loan fund, and by early May for the SBR fund. There are no fees to apply.

For more information about the NEED program, call 901.341.2110 or email

Healthcare Resource Tracking System (HRTS)

Below is the aggregated data from our local hospitals as it stands through 4/12/2020.

Update on Safer at Home compliance

Total Complaints Reported: 317

Complaints Outside City Limits: 18

Total Duplicates: 64

Total Complaints for Inspection by Code Enforcement: 235

Complaint Inspections Completed (Code has responded to complaint): 212

Complaint Inspections to be Completed (Code response to complaint in progress): 23

Confirmed Compliance During Initial Inspection: 149

Violation Issued During Initial Inspection: 52

Inspection Rescheduled: 11

Re-inspections Completed: 63

Placards Posted: 6

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: April 13, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases1269
Total Tested in Shelby County13,692
Tennessee Total Cases5,610*
*As of 2:00 p.m. 4/13/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN49
Desoto County, MS171
Crittenden County, AR93
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 4/13/2020

Shelby County currently has 1269 confirmed COVID-19 cases. The total number of deaths in Shelby County attributed to COVID-19 to 28.

Map of COVID-19 cases in Shelby County as of 04/10/2020
(Most recent available)

Here is a breakdown of current cases in Shelby County by age range:

COVID-19 Cases in Shelby County by Age as of 04/12/2020

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

COVID-19 Cases in Shelby County by Age as of 04/12/2020

Shelby County COVID-29 Cases by Race and Ethnicity as of 4/12/20

Note:  Missing/Unknown = 572 (45.0%)

Note:  Missing/Unknown = 574 (45.2%)

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

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.

All of Shelby County, including the municipalities and the unincorporated areas are under Safer at Home orders. Only essential businesses as spelled out in Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris’s executive order of March 24, 2020, may remain open to the public. All assemblies and gatherings of more than 10 people outside of a private residence are prohibited. The list of essential and non-essential businesses can be viewed here.

For more information about the Safer at Home order or to register concerns, the public may contact:

· The City of Memphis 3-1-1 line

· The Shelby County Mayor’s Action Line: 901-222-2300

· The Shelby County Health Department’s COVID-19 Hotline: 833-943-1658

· Email