COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (7-30)

I wanted to reiterate one quick point of clarification that Dr. Haushalter made in the Joint Task Force briefing regarding the positivity rate from today’s reported numbers.

It was reported that the Health Department received 610 test results from yesterday and that 326 of those results came back positive. While both of those numbers are accurate, not all 610 tests were from the day before. The results were spread out over many days. They just all happened to come in to the Health Department at the same time.

All that to say—yesterday’s positivity rate was not 53.4 percent.

As Dr. Haushalter noted, the positivity rate in Shelby County has actually gone down slightly to around 14.1 percent. The week prior the positivity rate was round 16.4 percent.

Keep wearing your masks, washing your hands, and stay home if you’re sick.

Mask Enforcement


Received 22 complaints

  • City Mask Ordinance
  • Code completed 47 inspections based on processed complaints.
  • 8 businesses received warnings. 
  • 0 businesses received a summons.
  • 0 businesses received a second summons
  • Health Directive Mask and Other Violations
  • Code completed 16 inspections based on processed complaints
  • 2 businesses received warnings


To date, 577 City Mask Complaints have been inspected by Code:

  • 473 complaints have been resolved as “compliant” following inspection by Code
  • 49 current open matters.  The following is a breakdown of the open matters:
  • 24 pending inspections 
  • 13 businesses on 1st Violation
  • 1 business on 2nd Violation
  • 2 business on 3rd Violation
  • 4_ businesses have been issued first summons
  • 1_ business has been issued second summons 
  • 4 businesses were closed at first inspection (business closed)


To date, 64 Health Directive related complaints have been inspected by Code:

  • 28 complaints have been resolved as “compliant” following inspection by Code.
  • 24 current open matters.  The following is a breakdown of the open matters:
  • 18 pending inspections 
  • 4 businesses on 1st Violation
  • 0 business on 2nd Violation
  • 0 business on 3rd Violation 
  • 2 businesses were closed at first inspection (business closed)


To date, 265 City Mask Ordinance violations have been issued (this is the cumulative total for violations issued in closed and open matters)

To date, 12 Health Department violations have been issued (this is the cumulative total for violations issued in closed and open matters)

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

Shelby County COVID-19 Cases
Total Shelby County Cases20,382
New Cases Today326
Deaths Total273
Deaths Reported Last 24 Hours5
Total Tested in Shelby County197,546

Tennessee Total Cases
*As of 2:00 p.m. 7/29/20
Other Jurisdictions
Tipton County, TN1,026
Desoto County, MS2,970
Crittenden County, AR1,127
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 7/30/20

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.

Each Thursday, the Shelby County Health Department provides a more detailed analysis of the COVID-19 data, including testing and case rate maps, below:

Below is detailed weekly analysis of COVID-19 cases by age, sex, race, and ethnicity:

Below is analysis of COVID-19 deaths by race, sex, exposure and comorbidities:

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 the current Health Directive No. 9. The Health Directive No. 9 also orders all restaurants in Shelby County to close no later than 10:00 p.m. each night.

Health Directive No. 9 also 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