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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (6-24)

As the numbers of our daily reported cases have risen, it has caused some discussion of whether or not we should revert back to Phase I of the Back-to-Business plan. 

Let’s talk about that for a second.

To be clear, like the Safer At Home order, the Back-to-Business plan was formulated based upon medical advice and data.  The medical experts have determined that, compared to a few months ago, we are much more capable of identifying hot spots, clusters, and outbreaks among vulnerable populations, and we are much more capable of tailoring interventions to address any spikes within the constraints of the current Back-to-Business phase.  In addition, our local hospitals have informed us that they are capable of handling the current level of hospitalizations.

We may, if the data and medical experts tell us, do more targeted interventions with specific sectors or clusters, but those actions would not impact the majority of citizens or businesses operating under the guidance of Phase II.

For example, if the data tells us that we have a spike in cases coming from a certain neighborhood within the city, and that spike is not attributable to other neighborhoods, the medical response will be targeted. 

All that to say, the only way I will push to move back to Phase I is if the data and the doctors find that we have random community spread, and we cannot control it.  As it stands right now, that is not happening. 

As I said from the start in March, we will base our decisions and recommendations on the data and expert advice.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: June 24, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases8394
Deaths167
Total Tested in Shelby County113,279
Tennessee Total Cases36,303
*As of 2:00 p.m. 6/23/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN565
Desoto County, MS948
Crittenden County, AR604
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 6/24/2020

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 23, 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.