COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (5-21)

As we move deeper into Phase II, I wanted to highlight a few organizations that are opening back up and their new procedures for visitors and customers. Both the Memphis Zoo and Memphis Botanic Garden have opened their doors recently and have more than adequate precautions in place to keep you as safe as possible while you visit.

The Zoo even has a real-time capacity counter so you can check out the activity levels before you head over.

To see a full list of protocols, follow these links to the Memphis Zoo and Memphis Botanic Garden.

Memphis Restaurant Association

Yesterday, the Memphis Restaurant Association held a press conference at one of our city’s oldest establishments—Arcade Restaurant—to let everyone know that our restaurants are open, they are adhering to all City, County, and State guidance, and they need our business.

Since the beginning, we’ve pushed hard for everyone to help support our local restaurants and was the driving reason for starting the Mayor’s Meal Challenge. Now is the time, if you can, to double-down and keep our great local restaurants serving the food we all love and our city is known for making. If you don’t feel comfortable going in to sit down and eat a meal, place an order to go.

To see a great listing of places to get your next meal, check out the I Love Memphis blog.

Breaking down the numbers

Below is a chart that takes a look at our data points over the last several weeks.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: May 21, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases4034
Total Tested in Shelby County57,967
Tennessee Total Cases18,961
*As of 2:00 p.m. 5/20/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN409
Desoto County, MS418
Crittenden County, AR250
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 5/21/2020

Total COVID-19 Cases Recovered in Shelby County as of 05/20/2020

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

Here is information about clusters considered to be resolved. A cluster is considered resolved once a facility has gone 28 days without a new case.

Date Cluster IdentifiedFacility NameNumber of DeathsPositive ResidentsPositive Staff
3/26/2020Carriage Court Assisted Living Facility471

The testing positivity rate is the percentage of all tests conducted that are found to be positive. The chart below shows Shelby County’s testing positivity rates over time, as of May 20, 2020.

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. Some non-essential businesses may reopen under the guidance of Shelby County Health Directive #4, issued on May 18, 2020, which 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