COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (7-28)

On this morning’s Joint Task Force conference call, we received a presentation from faculty and students from the University of Memphis Master of Public Health Program in which they went through their findings from measuring the mask use compliance throughout Shelby County. The results were very encouraging.

In the chart below, you will see their results from monitoring mask usage in retail establishments across the county. We still have work to do, but as you can see, the majority of people are wearing masks.

I wanted to show that to you to tell you this next point. The doubling rate of the virus within Shelby County has extended since more people are wearing masks. The doubling rate, if you’re wondering, is the rate at which the number of those infected doubles (hence, the name). The number infected with COVID-19 was doubling every 22 days. Now, that number has moved out to 30 days, meaning we are making some headway in slowing this thing down.

That being said, we still have much work to do. Everyone needs to keep wearing a mask, keep social distancing, and please stay home if you’re sick.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: July 28, 2020

Shelby County COVID-19 Cases
Total Shelby County Cases19,694
New Cases Today528
Deaths Total263
Deaths Reported Last 24 Hours1
Total Tested in Shelby County194,192

Tennessee Total Cases
*As of 2:00 p.m. 7/27/20
Other Jurisdictions
Tipton County, TN966
Desoto County, MS2,849
Crittenden County, AR1,100
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 7/28/2020

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 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. 9 goes into effect on Sunday, July 26, 2020 at midnight. It contains some substantive changes regarding 1.) further guidance for individuals and employers, 2.) further limiting risk behaviors in bars and restaurants, and 3.) providing guidance for schools (including colleges and universities). Health Directive No. 9 may be viewed at

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.

Please note, face masks with expiratory vents or valves are not recommended. The vents allow potentially infectious respiratory droplets to be expelled into the air and therefore do not prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Approved 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