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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (5-4)

Today was the first day of Phase 1 of our Back-to-business plan.  But, I want remind you this is anything but back to business as normal.  Below are some very important reminders:

  • Everyone still needs to remember they are safer at home.  We still ask that you limit your activities and travel to only what is critical and necessary. 
  • Social distancing is extremely important and will continue to be required. 
  • If we don’t abide by social distancing requirements, we could see a surge in the virus that could result in rolling back the openings and losing all the progress we have made so far. 
  • Groups larger than 10 people will continue to be prohibited. 
  • All businesses will be required to comply with the Covid-19 Compliance Protocols, which is on our covid19.memphistn.gov website. Businesses please familiarize yourself with them. They are how we will monitor compliance. 
  • Restaurants and Fitness Centers/Gym have a specific set of Protocols they must follow in order to operate. 
  • Parks and golf courses will remain open. Citizens using City parks are required to adhere to the Social Distancing Requirements. 
  • Places of worship and healthcare related offices and procedures should follow the regulations issued by the Governor. 
  • Religious services are now allowed, under the Governor’s order, and we are working with faith leaders to help guide them with best practices and strongly urging them to still use virtual services.

Breaking down the numbers

As you look at the numbers, you may notice that our daily number of cases has slightly increased. But more importantly, our number of tests given has drastically increased. We will continue to monitor all these data points each day as we move through the phases of our Back-to-Business plan.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: May 4, 2020

Total COVID-19 Cases Recovered in Shelby County as of 05/03/2020

Note: “Recovered“ is defined as (1) people who are living and have been confirmed to be asymptomatic by the health department and have completed their required isolation period or (2) are at least 21 days beyond the first test confirming their illness.

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

Map of COVID-19 testing in Shelby County as of 05/03/2020

Map of COVID-19 Positive test in Shelby County as of 05/03/2020

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

COVID-19 Cases in Shelby County by Age as of 05/03/2020

COVID-19 Cases in Shelby County by Age as of 05/03/2020

Shelby County COVID-29 Cases by Race and Ethnicity as of 5/03/20

Shelby County Health Department has added a data page to its COVID-19 webpage: www.shelbytnhealth.com/coronavirus. 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 shelbytnhealth@shelbycountytn.gov.