COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (4/20)

Last Friday, we kicked off the Mayor’s Meal Challenge, and like I knew it would be, the response was overwhelming. My phone was buzzing all weekend from everyone tagging my social media pages. On top of everyone showing their support for some of our great local restaurants, we raised $2,500 for the Mid-South Food Bank.

And, we’re going to do more. Because the weekend was such a success, others in the community have stepped forward and pledged up to $11,800 to the challenge which we need 472 more people to eat local and post a picture of their meal.

So, a quick reminder on how to participate:

  • Pick up a “to-go” order from local restaurants
  • Post your photos of the food on social media and
  • Tag the City of Memphis or my Facebook page @CityofMemphis or @MayorMemphis and Twitter @CityofMemphis or @MayorMemphis and the restaurant’s page
  • Include the Hashtags #MayorsMealChallenge and #saferathome

If you would like to donate to the food bank visit  Under the “My Donation is for” tab, select the Mayor’s Meal Challenge.


I’ve said this before, but if you or someone you know has not been tested, and you’re experiencing symptoms, even minor ones—get tested. We have the resources readily available, and they’re all free.

You don’t need a doctor’s referral, but you do have to make an appointment.

At this time, we are not—let me say that again–we are not testing asymptomatic individuals. For a full list of test sites, click here. We’re trying to make this as easy as possible. On the site, we even have an interactive map in which you can type in your address and it tells you the closest testing site to your home.

There is no reason you shouldn’t get tested. The resources are there and waiting to be used. Please use them.

Safer at Home Enforcement

Quick update on our enforcement numbers:

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: April 20, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases1807
Total Tested in Shelby County19,195
Tennessee Total Cases7,238*
*As of 2:00 p.m. 4/20/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN56
Desoto County, MS234
Crittenden County, AR139
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 4/20/2020

Shelby County currently has 1807 confirmed COVID-19 cases. The total number of deaths in Shelby County attributed to COVID-19 to 38.

The Shelby County Health Department is investigating clusters of infection in a number of facilities that serve vulnerable populations.

Map of COVID-19 cases in Shelby County as of 04/19/2020

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

Here is a breakdown of current cases in Shelby County by age range: COVID-19 Cases in Shelby County by Age as of 04/19/2020

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

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

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

Shelby County COVID-29 Cases by Race and Ethnicity as of 4/19/20

Note:  Missing/Unknown = 524 (29.0%)

Note:  Missing/Unknown = 625 (34.6%)

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

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

· Email