COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (9-8)

In partnership with City Council, I announced today that applications for the City of Memphis Small Business Stabilization Grant Initiative are open and ready for submissions.

The impacts of COVID-19 have been felt by everyone, but our small businesses are some of those hit hardest by this pandemic. With these grant funds, we’re hoping to help these businesses to bridge the gap as we all work to get through this.

The City of Memphis Small Business Stabilization Grant utilizing CARES ACT funds will provide economic relief to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury.  Funding can be used to pay for the costs of business interruption, working capital and business recovery challenges, as well as, cover costs associated with reopening safely and in accordance with the Shelby County Health Department guidelines.

Grants will average an estimated $10k to $25k (depending on the number of employees) but can be no more than 25% of annual business revenue except for businesses physically located within the Memphis 3.0 anchor land use area. Business revenue cannot exceed $3 million. The physical business location and the owners’ primary residence must be located with the City of Memphis limits. 

Joann Massey, Director for the City of Memphis Office of Business Diversity & Compliance and her staff, will oversee the administering of the initiative. The application is available online at All applications must be submitted completely and with any additional documents that must be processed. Applications will only be accepted via email and cannot be hand delivered. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Grant award is not guaranteed.

For more information contact OBDC at 636-9300. Applications will be accepted until December 23, 2020 or until funds are exhausted. There are no fees to apply and free resources through OBDC are available to assist you with the application process.

Mask Enforcement


Received 15 complaints

Complaints were received September 4 through September 7.

  • City Mask Ordinance
  • Code completed 19 inspections based on processed complaints.
  • 3 business received warnings. 
  • 0 businesses received a summons.
  • 0 businesses received a second summons
  • H.D. Mask and Other Violations
  • Code completed 9 inspections based on processed complaints
  • 2 businesses received warnings


To date, 982 City Mask Complaints have been inspected by Code:

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


To date, 200 H.D. related complaints have been inspected by Code:

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


To date, 487 City Mask Ordinance violations have been issued (this is the cumulative total for violations issued in closed and open matters)

To date, 63 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: September 8, 2020

**Updated HRTS slides will be added in tomorrow’s report.   

Shelby County COVID-19 Cases
Total Shelby County Cases28,478
New Cases Today146
Deaths Total397
Deaths Reported Last 24 Hours0
Total Tested in Shelby County265,808

Tennessee Total Cases
As of 2:00 p.m. 9/7/20
Other Jurisdictions
Tipton County, TN1,561
Desoto County, MS4,931
Crittenden County, AR1,738
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 9/8/20

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. 11, which went into effect on Monday, August 24, 2020. Health Directive No. 11 also orders all restaurants in Shelby County to close no later than 10:00 p.m. each night.

The full text of Health Directive No. 11 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 August 24, 2020, the Shelby County Health Department issued a revised 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