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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (6-22)

This morning in partnership with Representative Karen Camper and Senator Raumesh Akbari, we announced the Mask Up Memphis and Live campaign. We’ve been talking all along about the importance of covering your face in public, and this is one more way to help you do that.

The data shows that the virus has disproportionately affected the African American community. In Memphis and Shelby County, close to 60 percent of COVID-19 fatalities and cases are African Americans. Through this campaign, we will provide access to information and most importantly, masks to those in the community who need it most.

For more information on the campaign, to donate, or get a mask, please go here.

Data Points: As we talk about the importance of wearing a facial covering, I think it’s important to point out a couple data points in the information below to reiterate that fact. If you look at the numbers, on 4/20 the estimated COVID-19 hospitalized was 102.8 and estimated COVID-19 ICU hospitalized 44.4. On 5/20 those numbers rose to 156.5 and 56.7. Now, as we look at where we are this month on 6/20, the numbers have risen to 200.2 and 89.6.

Now, I’m not saying all this to scare you, but to make a point that the virus is real. It can be very dangerous, and it can be deadly to you, to the ones you love, or someone you don’t even really know.

Please take this seriously—wear a facial covering, thoroughly wash your hands, and keep staying home if you can. The fight with this virus is far from over.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: June 22, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases8094*
Deaths164
Total Tested in Shelby County109,925
Tennessee Total Cases35,102
*As of 2:00 p.m. 6/21/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN562
Desoto County, MS790
Crittenden County, AR588
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 6/22/2020

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.

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 June 21, 2020.    

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. 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:  www.shelbytnhealth.com/healthdirectives.

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.