COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (7-23)

Since March of this year, we have been in the fight against COVID-19, and I just wanted to take a minute and thank the members of the COVID-19 Joint Task Force for their work.

It is in times of crisis when you see someone’s true character, and I’m happy to say I’ve seen the best of what Memphis and Shelby County have to offer.

What began as a City of Memphis Task Force, has grown to include Shelby County Government, the Shelby County Health Department, all the municipal mayors, leadership from our surrounding counties, Shelby County Schools, municipal school systems, independent school systems, leadership from every local hospital, and multiple nonprofit organizations.

I would like to thank City of Memphis COO, Doug McGowen for chairing the effort and for helping to navigate through these uncharted waters.

I’m extremely proud of the work we’ve done so far, but the work of this group is unfortunately far from over. We still have much to do if we’re going to slow the spread of this virus as you will see in the chart below.

DateCOVID-19 Hospitalizations

We must stay vigilant!

Mask Enforcement

Data for June 22

Received 3 complaints

Code completed 46 inspections based on processed complaints.

14 businesses received warnings. 

1 business received a summons.

0 businesses received a second summons

Enforcement Status to Date

To date, 458 Mask Complaints have been processed by Code:

  • 373 businesses have come into compliance following Code’s response to complaint.
  • 49 complaints were closed out as Other (most are duplicates)
  • 36 current open matters.  The following is a breakdown of the open matters:
  • 13 pending inspections 
  • 14 businesses on 1st Violation
  • 3 business on 2nd Violation
  • 1 business on 3rd Violation
  • 3 businesses have been issued first summons
  • 1 business has been issued second summons (*Error in yesterday’s report. No second summons issued to South Memphis Market. They were in compliance at the follow-up inspection.)
  • 1 business was closed at first inspection (NOH)

Violation Summary

To date, 212 violations have been issued

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: July 23, 2020

COVID-19 Cases 
Shelby County Cases17,684 
New Cases Today429 
Total Tested in Shelby County180,902 

Tennessee Total Cases
*As of 2:00 p.m. 7/22/20
Other Jurisdictions 
Tipton County, TN840 
Desoto County, MS2,619 
Crittenden County, AR994 
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 7/23/2020 

Due to a delay in data reporting, HRTS Hospital Resource Tracking System Data is not available for 7/22/20. This is the most recent data available:

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 Sheriff’s Office, including information about inmates at 201 Poplar, Jail East, and Juvenile Detention:

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.

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

On July 3, and updated July 7, 2020, the Shelby County Health Department issued a Health Order and Directive Regarding Masks and Cloth Face Coverings, which may be viewed at

The Order and Directive requires the use of masks or cloth facial coverings in most public settings by all persons in Shelby County with the exceptions of children age two or younger and persons who cannot tolerate facial coverings because of certain medical conditions.

Masks may be picked up, while supplies last, at all Shelby County Health Department locations listed below during the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., with the exception of the Collierville clinic, which is open Tuesday and Thursday only. No appointment is needed to pick up a mask. 

Health Department Main Office
814 Jefferson Avenue, 38105

Cawthon Public Health Clinic

1000 Haynes, 38114

Collierville Public Health Clinic (Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)

167 Washington St., 38017

Hickory Hill Public Health Clinic

6590 Kirby Center Cove, 38118

Millington Public Health Clinic (Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)

8225 Highway 51 North, 38053

Shelby Crossing Public Health Clinic

6170 Macon Road, 38133

Southland Mall Public Health Clinic

1287 Southland Mall, 38116