COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (8-6)

Hopefully today’s update will be a further demonstration that we are fighting this virus by any means necessary—and I mean any means.

Over the last several weeks, the City of Memphis has partnered with a technology company working on wastewater based epidemiology (WBE) in Memphis.

What is WBE you ask? Simply put—we’re studying our wastewater to look for diseases—specifically COVID-19.

By using this sewage surveillance method, it may provide us with several days’ advance notice of a COVID-19 outbreak. We are in the early stages of this new approach, but we’ll keep you informed as things progress.

Mask Enforcement


Received 33 complaints

  • City Mask Ordinance
  • Code completed 51 inspections based on processed complaints.
  • 10 businesses received warnings. 
  • 0 businesses received a summons.
  • 0 businesses received a second summons
  • H.D. Mask and Other Violations
  • Code completed 18 inspections based on processed complaints
  • 4 businesses received warnings


To date, 690 City Mask Complaints have been inspected by Code:

  • 585 complaints have been resolved as “compliant” following inspection by Code
  • 45 current open matters.  The following is a breakdown of the open matters:
  • 23 pending inspections 
  • 15 businesses on 1st Violation
  • 1 business on 2nd Violation
  • 0 businesses on 3rd Violation
  • 3 businesses have been issued first summons
  • 2 businesses have been issued second summons 
  • 1 business was closed at first inspection


To date, 119 H.D. related complaints have been inspected by Code:

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


To date, 326 City Mask Ordinance violations have been issued (this is the cumulative total for violations issued in closed and open matters)

To date, 26 Health Department violations have been issued (this is the cumulative total for violations issued in closed and open matters)

Health Department Data

As you look below at the data points from the Shelby County Health Department, there are a couple positive signs I would like to point out. Today marks five days in a row with no day having more than 300 newly reported cases.  We’ve averaged 218 new reported cases over last 5 days. The last time that occurred was June 21-25.  To put it into perspective, June 14th was first day we received more than 200 reported cases in a day (256).

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: August 6, 2020

Shelby County COVID-19 Cases
Total Shelby County Cases22,552
New Cases Today235
Deaths Total297
Deaths Reported Last 24 Hours4
Total Tested in Shelby County212,246

Tennessee Total Cases
*As of 2:00 p.m. 8/5/20
Other Jurisdictions
Tipton County, TN1,137
Desoto County, MS3,472
Crittenden County, AR1,291
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 8/6/20

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.

Below is a graph of cases by specimen collection date (date of testing).

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. 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

On August 1, 2020, the Health Department issued an FAQ (frequently asked question) about school sports and activities on the Health Directives webpage: It is as follows:

On School Sports and Activities:

Q:  Are schools authorized to permit (or not) school-sponsored sporting events and activities?

A:   Yes, pursuant to Governor Lee’s Executive Order 55, local education agencies and schools may permit, but are not required to permit, school-sponsored sporting events and activities, provided that all such activities, including practices and games or competition, must be conducted in a manner consistent with COVID-19-related regulations adopted by the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association. The Health Department is available to provide technical assistance on any sports event or activity.

The order is available here (as of July 31, 2020) 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.

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