COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (7-2)

Earlier today, we received more outside validation that wearing a mask or facial covering in public works and is worth the trouble of wearing. Jonathan Mermin, Director, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, and a a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service was in Memphis today commending our efforts so far, but also, expressing his concern at our recent trends as we move into the holiday weekend.

His words are further proof of a simple ask—please wear a mask if you’re out. I know it’s summer time in Memphis, and it may be an inconvenience to you, but it will slow the spread, and in turn, save lives. If you’re not wearing one, you also run the risk of receiving a citation due to the recent passage of our city-wide mask ordinance.

If you need a mask, you can get one here.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: July 2, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases10,602
Total Tested in Shelby County131,996
Tennessee Total Cases45,315
*As of 2:00 p.m. 7/1/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN611
Desoto County, MS1373
Crittenden County, AR749
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 7/2/2020

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 30, 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

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