In today’s update, I want to take a step back and focus on some of the positives.
Over the weekend, Home Depot donated masks to our first responders. Today, Memphis’ own Radians is donating 14,000 more masks to Memphis and Shelby County Government. This is a prime example of Memphians helping Memphians during a critical time, and I can’t thank them enough for stepping up.
If there are others in community who want to help by donating personal protective equipment (PPE), please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether it’s been the federal, state or local government, we’ve all been telling you for days what you can’t do.
Today, I want to remind you of what you can do.
- Donate blood—schedule an appointment with the American Red Cross or Vitalant today.
- Support our local restaurants. This is a great list of them offering curbside and delivery service.
- Take a walk in your neighborhood (assuming it’s not pouring down rain).
- If you’re working from home and you have a family, a pet, or just you — enjoy the time you have (this won’t last forever).
- Foster a pet from MAS or fill out this form to be on-call for any emergency foster needs that may arise.
- Run some errands for an elderly relative or a neighbor.
- Read a book you’ve been wanting to explore.
- Catch up some of your favorite podcasts.
- Finish those home repairs you been putting off because you didn’t have the time.
- Take time for reflection, and set new goals for the rest of the year.
- Contribute to the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund at the Community Foundation. To donate online, visit cfgm.org/COVID
Remember, we are all in this together, and it will take all of us to get through it. Please do not take the Safer at Home Executive order lightly. Following it is extremely important, but also remember it is only temporary.
Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: March 24, 2020
Shelby County Residents: 135
Tennessee Total Cases: 667*
*As of 2:00 p.m. 3/24/20
Tipton County, TN: 6
Desoto County, MS: 29
Crittenden County, AR: 4 or under
Numbers current as of 2:00 p.m. 3/24/2020
Shelby County currently has 135 confirmed COVID-19 cases. All out-of-county residents have been transferred to their local health department jurisdictions. Going forward, Shelby County Health Department will only track resident cases.
Please note: Laboratory reports of positive cases are reported to local health departments as soon as results are available. State numbers are updated at 2 p.m. CDT daily; but there is a lag in reporting of cumulative numbers at the state level, and that accounts for any discrepancy.
There are now indications that person-to-person spread in the workplace and the community is taking place. The Health Department recommends strict adherence to social-distancing recommendations.
The Health Department is committed to providing as much information as possible to the public as the COVID-19 situation continues to develop. The Health Department’s hotline number is 833-943-1658.