COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (7-13)

In last week’s The Tennessee Journal (a weekly newsletter on Tennessee government, politics, and business) there was a quote from the Cleveland, TN Mayor on wearing masks. He said, “I am a rule follower. I am a hand-washer. I am a hand-sanitizer. I am a social distancer. Alone, these actions were not enough. We also need to add wearing masks in public areas.”

He made this public statement after recently being diagnosed with COVID-19. His words serve as a very simple reminder that by wearing a mask you’re helping protect the people around you as well as yourself.

To see Cleveland, TN Mayor Kevin Brooks full statement, go here.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: July 13, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases13,855
New Cases Today153
Total Tested in Shelby County155,836
Tennessee Total Cases61,960
*As of 2:00 p.m. 7/12/20
Other Jurisdictions

Tipton County, TN

Desoto County, MS
Crittenden County, AR841
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 7/13/2020

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 July 12, 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, including bars and some limited service restaurants have been ordered to close, under Health Directive No. 8, which went into effect at midnight on July 8, 2020.
Health Directive No. 8 also orders all restaurants in Shelby County to close no later than 10:00 p.m. each night, beginning July 9, 2020.

Health Directive No. 8 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