COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (5-26)

This past Sunday, Dr. Deborah Birx said, “And out of respect for each other, as Americans that care for each other we need to be wearing masks in public when we cannot social distance. It’s really critically important, we have the scientific evidence of how important mask wearing is to prevent those droplets from reaching others.”

I could not agree more with those words. I know I’m probably starting to sound like a broken record, but covering your face when in public is critical to our success moving forward. We have made so much progress over these last several weeks. We’ve been able to slowly open up our businesses and get things moving again. We cannot squander all the hard work and the sacrifices you have made to get us where we are today.

When you’re out in public, please wear some type of face covering, thoroughly wash your hands and use hand sanitizer, and if you’re feeling sick—get tested. Even though things are starting to open up, you’re still safer at home.

To see the full interview with Dr. Birx, go here.

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 26, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases4531
Total Tested in Shelby County66,968
Tennessee Total Cases20,965
*As of 2:00 p.m. 5/26/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN427
Desoto County, MS474
Crittenden County, AR293
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 5/26/2020

Shelby County Health Department is tracking clusters in facilities that serve certain 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

Here is the most recent testing and case information provided by the Shelby County Division of Corrections:

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 18, 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