COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (4/8)

Easter and Passover are two of the largest religious holidays in the world. They serve as a reminder that during the darkest of times we have been delivered from darkness into the light—a reminder of hope instead of despair.

Considering this, I strongly encourage our religious leaders in Memphis and Shelby County to remain vigilant and provide services only through livestreaming. 

I know it doesn’t feel like it, but it’s the right thing to do to protect our citizens and your congregation. This Easter, and this Passover, we must come together by staying apart.

More Testing

We’ve been working extremely hard to grow the number of testing sites throughout the city, and I’m happy to report that it is going to drastically increase.

Thanks to all our partners for creating more testing sites- Church Health, Memphis Health Center, Tri State Community Health Center, Case Management Inc. Thanks also to Christ Community Health Services and UT Health Science Center at Tiger Lane for expanding their capacity. With these new sites, we hope to add 1,000 tests per day in addition to what we were already performing.

For a full listing of test sites and hours of operation go here.

Memphians helping Memphians

I mentioned earlier in the week that we’re working on a widespread effort to share our message.

We have partnered with Vaco, Memphis Tourism, Metropolitan Memphis Hotel & Lodging Association, Memphis Housing Authority, and the Memphis Restaurant association.

Through Vaco and a grant from the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund, we have set up a call center that will provide temporary employment for members of the restaurant and tourism industries to call on Memphis Housing Authority residents. These phone calls will be made to check on the health and status of MHA residents, as well as, reinforcing the message to stay home and practice CDC recommendations.

The call center will be fully operational this Friday.

Safer at Home Enforcement

We are taking every measure possible to enforce the full measure of the law for those who refuse to comply with the Stay at Home Order.

Quick update on our enforcement numbers:

Total Original Complaints: 232

Total Duplicates: 28

First Visit Inspections Completed: 181

In Compliance 1st Visit: 121

Violations Issued: 40

Reinspection: 55

Placards Posted: 2

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: April 8, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases897
Total Tested in Shelby County9913
Tennessee Total Cases4,362*
*As of 2:00 p.m. 4/8/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN38
Desoto County, MS140
Crittenden County, AR61
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 4/8/2020

Shelby County currently has 897 confirmed COVID-19 cases. The total number of deaths in Shelby County attributed to COVID-19 to 21.

Map of COVID-19 cases in Shelby County as of 04/07/2020

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

COVID-19 Cases in Shelby County by Age as of 04/07/2020

COVID-19 Cases in Shelby County by Age as of 04/07/2020

     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