COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (7-8)

As I’ve mentioned to you before, the number of COVID-19 infected patients in our hospitals are continuing to rise. Six weeks ago on May 23rd as you will see in the chart below, we had 125 people hospitalized due to COVID-19. On July 4th, that number had risen to 282.

Our number of patients in ICU are also continuing to rise. On May 23rd, there were 53 patients in our ICU’s across Shelby County. By July 4th, that number had risen to 106.

As you see in the chart below, we have a total of 2,636 acute care beds under normal circumstances with 2,255 of those beds in use and 477 intensive care units under normal circumstances with 412 in use. If needed, the hospitals, can the hospital can surge to 3,184 acute care beds and 711 intensive care units.


On July 7th, we received an additional 50 mask complaints and issued 12 warnings for mask ordinance violations. To submit your complaint, please call 311.

To view the mask ordinance and Shelby County Health Directive, click below:

Mask Ordinance

Shelby County Health Directive No. 8

Data points

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: July 8, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases12,467
New Cases Today302
Total Tested in Shelby County145,679
Tennessee Total Cases53,514
*As of 2:00 p.m. 7/7/20
Other Jurisdictions
Tipton County, TN653
Desoto County, MS1,724
Crittenden County, AR786
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 7/8/2020

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 7, 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 strongly encouraged to stay at home and minimize in-person contact with people not in the same household, except when engaging in essential activities such as employment or exercise or other activities outlined in the Directive. Some non-essential businesses, including bars/limited service restaurants have been ordered to close, under Health Directive No. 8, which goes 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, starting July 9, 2020. Health Directive No. 8 can be viewed here:

For more information about Health Directive No. 8 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