COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (6-30)

As I mentioned to you on Sunday, the number of COVID-19 infected patients in our hospitals is rising. Six weeks ago on May 18th as you can see in the chart below, we had 101 people hospitalized due to COVID-19. On June 27th, that number had risen to 217.

Our number of patients in ICU has also risen. On May 18th, there 45 patients in our ICU’s across Shelby County. By June 27th, that number had risen to 96.

As it stands right now, our hospitals are able to handle the number of sick patients, COVID-19 and others, coming in to see them. We have a total of 2,613 acute care beds under normal circumstances with 2,238 of those beds in use and 480 intensive care units under normal circumstances with 393 in use. If needed, the hospitals, can the hospital can surge to 3,184 acute care beds and 711 intensive care units.

I’m pointing all these data points out to stress that the virus is real, and it is spreading. We’re seeing it in our new case numbers, and even worse, we’re seeing it in our hospitals.

We can control the spread, but that choice is up to you. Please cover you face in public, wash your hands often, and stay home if you’re sick.

Mask Compliance Update: We’ve had several requests regarding compliance with the recently passed mask ordinance. Since yesterday, we’ve had 22 reports of noncompliance. Nine complaints were from customers not wearing masks, three complaints for employees of a business not wearing a mask, and 10 complaints of both employees and customers not wearing masks.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: June 30, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases9904
Total Tested in Shelby County126,623
Tennessee Total Cases42,297
*As of 2:00 p.m. 6/29/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN605
Desoto County, MS1293
Crittenden County, AR737
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 6/30/2020

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:

Here is the latest testing data from the Shelby County Criminal Justice Center at 201 Poplar:

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 29, 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.

It is very important that all Shelby County residents take care during the upcoming July 4th holiday weekend to prevent further community spread of the COVID-19 virus.

  • High risk members of the community, including senior citizens and people of any age group who suffer from chronic diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma or other lung conditions, should be especially aware of their risk of serious illness from COVID-19 and should avoid gatherings where they cannot appropriately social distance.
  • Large community gatherings should be cancelled or postponed.
  • Small outdoor gatherings where attendees are spaced at least 6 feet apart are safer than indoor gatherings. Masks or facial coverings should be worn at any gathering of persons who do not live in the same household.

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 #7, 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