COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (5-28)

As more businesses are opening back up and more people are going back to work, I know many of you are concerned with childcare.

I want you to know we’re aware of this issue, and we’ve been working very closely with our partner, the YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South to find a solution.

Earlier today, we announced in partnership with the Y, starting next Monday we will be offering free childcare to essential workers at eight of our community centers and will later expand to another 15 for a total of 23 sites.

We’ve added additional safety procedures like health screenings, smaller groups, additional cleaning staff assigned to each group with increased cleaning, and modified the program framework to ensure safe social distancing for all participants.

Over the course of their long history, the YMCA has made so many significant contributions to every community in which they serve.

Throughout this pandemic, they have remained true to that legacy. They have been nothing short of a fantastic partner, and adding this much needed service for essential workers as we work to reopen our city will be invaluable.

For more information about the program and how to register, visit

Additional info on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

After reading our daily update yesterday, my good friend and our Congressman, Steve Cohen, aptly pointed out that Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) also have the ability to make PPP loans through the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. Specifically, the bill set aside $60 billion broken down as following:

  • $30 billion for banks and credit unions, including minority depository institutions (MDIs), with more than $10 billion in assets but less than $50 billion in assets that are PPP lenders; and
  • $30 billion for banks and credit unions with less than $10 billion in assets, as well as all Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), MDIs, certified development companies (CDCs), and microlenders that are PPP lenders.

Thanks for pointing out this great information, Congressman.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: May 28, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases4703
Total Tested in Shelby County69,208
Tennessee Total Cases21,306
*As of 2:00 p.m. 5/27/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN428
Desoto County, MS493
Crittenden County, AR301
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 5/28/2020

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