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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (3/22)

We’ve been saying this over and over, but it cannot be stressed enough. If you know you are sick, stay home. We are seeing proof that transmissions are happening in the workplace. The solution: even if you perform an essential function, stay home if you are sick! I know the choice to stay home is not always easy or an option, but if we’re going to slow the spread of the virus we all must do this.

Based on CDC guidance, I’m asking employers to adopt the following practices: 

1. Encourage staff who can to telework
2. Consider the following measures to achieve social distances requirement 

  • Spacing workers at the worksite 
  • Staggering work schedules 
  • Decreasing social contacts in the workplace (limit in-person meetings) 
  • All break areas must accommodate distancing 
  • Reducing the capacity of customers

3. Strive for flexible leave policies for staff who need to stay home due to school/childcare dismissals.

As you may have seen on Friday, Shelby County Schools announced they would no longer be able to deliver food service to students due to coronavirus concerns. It’s amazing what can be accomplished when people work together to get things done, and this is a prime example. As soon as we heard the news, the City, YMCA, Feedwells, Mid-South Food Bank, and Shelby County Schools worked together to craft an alternate plan to make sure students do not go without food. 

To see the full details of the plan, go here.

If you need to conduct business with the City like paying taxes, fines, etc., please do so through the mail or one of our on-line portals rather than in person. The link to pay your taxes online can be found on our memphistn.gov site. If you don’t access to a computer or a smart phone to pay your City of Memphis bills, don’t come to City Hall, you can call (901) 522-1111 so that we can make the necessary arrangements so you don’t get charged late fees or fines.
One of the unintended consequences of social distancing and avoiding large gatherings is the cancellations of blood drives across the country, resulting is a critical blood shortage.  

The CDC is advising that blood donors who are well to please schedule an appointment to donate as soon as you can. We have recommended that people avoid gatherings. But blood drives are not gatherings: they are blood donation operations that are an “essential health care activity.” To care for patients, people should give blood, keep scheduled blood drives and organize blood drives in the coming weeks.

if you want help those affected by making a contribution, you can contribute to the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund at the Community Foundation. The fund will provide flexible funding to organizations working with community members who have been impacted by novel Coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak in West Tennessee, eastern Arkansas, and northern Mississippi. 

To learn more and donate online, visit cfgm.org/COVID

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: March 22, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County: 66*
Tennessee: 505
Shelby County Residents Approved for Testing by State Lab: 50
Persons Under Public Health Monitoring in Shelby County: 114
All numbers updated as of 2:00 p.m. 3/22/20
*Includes one out-of-state resident who tested positive in Shelby County. Listed on the Tennessee Department of Health site as “Resident of Other State/Country.”

Shelby County currently has 66 confirmed COVID-19 cases. The increase in case numbers is not unexpected because testing has increased, especially by commercial laboratories. 

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.

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 (833-943-1658), was activated March 12, 2020. Since that date, it has fielded hundreds of calls from the general public about COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (3/21)

Effective midnight on March 19, 2020, I declared a state of civil emergency requiring all restaurants to perform only take-out or delivery services and bars, gyms and other workout facilities to close. In addition to that order, effective midnight March 21, 2020, I am now requiring:

a. Theaters, cinemas, movie theatres, and indoor and outdoor performance venues, and other similar recreational or entertainment facilities; and

b. Bowling alley, arcades, indoor climbing facility, indoor skating rink, trampoline park, and other similar recreational or entertainment facilities; and

c. Hookah bars, cigar bars, and vaping lounges offering their products for on-premises consumption.

In addition, on-site consumption of food or beverage within private fraternal, social, golf or country clubs or similar private clubs are prohibited as of tonight at midnight.

To see the executive order, click here.

In other news, this morning the Memphis Alcohol Commission unanimously voted to allow restaurants to sell beer effective immediately for delivery and takeout orders. 

During this time, we are still strongly encouraging you to continue to-go orders and support our local restaurants and their staffs. We’re providing on-street parking relief exclusively for food delivery vehicles at various restaurant locations Downtown and Midtown where parking meters are installed. For Downtown restaurant pick-up, take-out and delivery, go here

To enhance and expand the work we’ve been doing over the last eight days, we created the joint Memphis/Shelby County COVID-19 Task Force. The task force is led by Mayor Lee Harris and myself and includes representation from all divisions of both Shelby County Government and City of Memphis, as well as, other public service agencies and members of the nonprofit community.

If you want help those affected by making a contribution, you can contribute to the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund at the Community Foundation. The fund will provide flexible funding to organizations working with community members who have been impacted by novel Coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak in West Tennessee, eastern Arkansas, and northern Mississippi. 

To learn more and donate online, visit cfgm.org/COVID

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: March 21, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County: 42*
Tennessee: 228

Shelby County Residents Approved for Testing by State Lab: 46

Persons Under Public Health Monitoring in Shelby County: 60

All numbers updated as of 10:00 a.m. 3/21/20

*Includes one out-of-state resident who tested positive in Shelby County. Listed on the Tennessee Department of Health site as “Resident of Other State/Country.”

Shelby County currently has 42 confirmed COVID-19 cases. The increase in case numbers is not unexpected because testing has increased, especially by commercial laboratories. 

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 community may be taking place. The Health Department recommends strict adherence to social-distancing recommendations:

Messages for Individuals:
• Avoid handshakes and close contact with others whenever possible. 
• Cancel or postpone gatherings of 10 or more people. Instead of visiting friends or relatives, call or video chat. 
• Stay at home whenever possible. While Shelby County School students and many others are out of school, keep children home and plan home-based activities.
• Children and adults may exercise outdoors, while maintaining at least six feet of distance from others.
• Do not go to work or go out in public if you are sick, especially with fever, cough or other respiratory symptoms. 
• Re-evaluate travel plans. It is strongly recommended to avoid any unnecessary travel.  If traveling overseas, check the CDC’s travel advisory website, which is updated daily: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.  If traveling within the U.S., avoid destinations where COVID-19 has been reported. 
• Avoid non-essential flights. Traveling by private vehicle limits exposure to other people.
• Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Scrub dirt under fingernails with a brush and soap. 
• Practice respiratory etiquette by using a tissue if coughing or sneezing, then throwing the tissue away and washing your hands.
• Sanitize surfaces that are frequently touched by many people with anti-bacterial wipes or diluted bleach solution. 

Messages for Community/Business Leaders:

• Cancel or postpone meetings and conferences of 10 or more people. 
• Consider conducting all conferences or meetings by phone or video chat rather than face-to-face.
• Adhere to CDC travel guidelines by reviewing the CDC’s travel website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html) and avoiding destinations with travel health notices.
• Discourage workers from using other workers’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, whenever possible.
• Encourage and enable employee telecommuting to limit person-to-person interactions as much as possible.
• Businesses that serve the public, including restaurants and retail stores should encourage social distancing by putting space between tables and spacing out check-out lines as much as possible.
• Consider providing delivery or curbside pick-up options to limit interactions in stores and restaurants. 

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 (833-943-1658), was activated March 12, 2020. Since that date, it has fielded hundreds of calls from the general public about COVID-19. Below are statistics about calls into the hotline since March 12, 2020, and a daily number of hotline calls fielded yesterday.

The COVID-19 hotline is answered each day, including Saturday and Sunday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
After-hours calls are returned as soon as possible on the next business day. 

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3-24-20 City Council Meeting Update

3-24-20 City Council Meeting UpdatePosted on 03/19/2020

CITY OF MEMPHIS
NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING OF
THE MEMPHIS CITY COUNCIL
Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 3:30 p.m.

Due to the declarations of a State of Emergency by the President of the United States, the Governor of Tennessee and the Mayor of Memphis relating to Covid-19 Epidemic the Council has determined that is necessary that the meeting be conducted by electronic or other means of communication in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public, City employees, Council staff and Members of the Council.

THERE WILL BE NO PHYSICAL MEETING

Attached to this Notice of Meeting are instructions on how members of the public may electronically access the meeting and/or a recording of the meeting and how the public may provide written comments concerning any agenda item or any other matter prior to the meeting.

INSTRUCTIONS OF STEPS TO VIEW THE MARCH 24, 2020 MEMPHIS CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Take notice, the Memphis City Council will meet on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 1:45 p.m. However, due to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) health and safety concerns, the public is not permitted to attend the meeting in-person. Instead, the public is permitted to participate in the meeting in the following manner: (I) Electronically, via live-stream, (II) Radio, via 88.5 FM (WQOX), and (III) Electronically, via digital archive.

A. Electronically, via live-stream

To view the Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Memphis City Council meeting electronically, via live-stream, follow the steps below:

(1) Access the internet,
(2) Go to the Memphis City Council’s “Watch Meetings Online” page here.
(3) At 1:45 p.m., click on the March 24, 2020 Memphis City Council meeting
(4) Begin viewing the March 24, 2020 Memphis City Council meeting electronically via live-stream
(5) Click on the March 24, 2020 “Agenda” tab to view the agenda documents

B. Radio, via 88.5 FM (WQOX)

To listen to the Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Memphis City Council meeting by radio, via
88.5 FM (WQOX), follow the steps below:

(1) Access a radio with FM-capabilities,
(2) At 3:30 p.m., turn the radio dial to 88.5 FM (WQOX),
(3) Begin listening to the March 24, 2020 Memphis City Council meeting by radio via 88.5 FM (WQOX)

C. Electronically, via digital archive

To listen to the Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Memphis City Council meeting electronically, via digital archive, follow the steps below:
(1) Access the internet after the March 24, 2020 Memphis City Council meeting,
(2) Go to the Memphis City Council’s “Archived Videos” page here.
(3) Press play on the March 24, 2020 “City Council Full Meeting” tab
(4) Begin viewing the March 24, 2020 Memphis City Council meeting electronically via digital archive
(5) Click on the March 24, 2020 “Agenda” tab to view the agenda documents
(6) Click on the March 24, 2020 “Minutes” tab to view the meeting minutes
Note: Public comments may be submitted to the Memphis City Council twenty-four (24) hours prior to the March 24, 2020 meeting. To submit your public comment, please email Patrice.Robinson@memphistn.gov with your (a) full name, (b) full street address, (c) phone number, (d) agenda item, if applicable, and (e) comment. For more information, please call (901) 636-6786.

Thank you for your patience during this time. We look forward to continuing our work on your behalf as a thirteen-member council working to make Memphis a safe, healthy, and prosperous city for all!

With earnest appreciation,

Patrice Jordan Robinson
Chairwoman, Memphis City Council

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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (3/19)

As we have been doing for the past two weeks, the City of Memphis is taking every precaution necessary to limit the spread of COVID19 through policy, declaration, and direct action. 

For the first time in Memphis, we are now experiencing community transmission of the virus meaning it is no longer only being transmitted from someone who has traveled outside the city. To that end, effective midnight March 19, 2020, I am declaring a state of civil emergency. By declaration, I am requiring all restaurants to perform only take-out or delivery services and bars, gyms and other workout facilities to close. In addition, I am asking that all worship services either be streamed online or postponed until further notice. 

During this time, we strongly encourage you to continue to-go orders and support our local restaurants and their staffs. We’re providing on-street parking relief exclusively for food delivery vehicles at various restaurant locations Downtown and Midtown where parking meters are installed. For a Downtown restaurant pick-up, take-out and delivery, go here.

To see executive order, click here

I want our business owners, service workers, faith leaders, and the citizens of Memphis to know these are not easy decisions, and they have not been made lightly. My heart goes out to all that are affected, and our office will do everything within our power to work with you to get the resources you need as quickly as we can get them. 

Additionally, we are taking action now with UT Health Science Center and the Shelby County Health Dept. to get ready for drive-thru testing at Tiger Lane when test kits become more widely available. We are currently working through logistics to make sure once we have tests the process is smooth and efficient. No tests are being administered today. As we have more concrete information, we will share times of operation, traffic flow, and when you can expect to get the test results.
I mentioned this earlier this week, and I just want to reiterate the point again.  When you grocery shop, please only get what you need. There is no need to hoard. Infant formula is being hoarded along with many other household items. Unlike toilet paper or peanut butter, infant formula is not easily substituted. The stores all have plenty of food and supplies either in-store, online or on the way. It’s just a matter of having time to get shelves restocked. We ask that you be patient. If you’re a family who may have formula you can donate, contact your local faith organization, Mid-South Food Bank or MIFA.

Yesterday, I told you about the creation of the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund at the Community Foundation. The fund will provide flexible funding to organizations working with community members who have been impacted by novel Coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak in West Tennessee, eastern Arkansas, and northern Mississippi. 

The first phase of these rapid-response grants will address:

• The economic impact of reduced and lost work due to the novel Coronavirus outbreak;
• Immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations caused by closures and cancellations related to COVID-19;
• Increased demand for medical information and support; and
• Fear and confusion about the outbreak among the region’s most vulnerable residents.

To learn more and donate online, visit cfgm.org/COVID

As many of you saw yesterday, the legendary Grindfather, Tony Allen and the Memphis Grizzlies had a message to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Check out the message here.

Thanks so much to Tony and the entire Grizzlies organization for always being such a great partner.

Finally, to our first responders—words can never express how truly grateful I am for what you’re doing and what you will do over the next several weeks. You are the best of the best, and the light that will help lead us through the darkness as more people become ill. Know that we fully support you as we move through this difficult time.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: March 19, 2020
COVID-19 Cases

Shelby County: 10
Tennessee: 98
Shelby County Residents Approved for Testing by State Lab: 36
Persons Under Public Health Monitoring in Shelby County: 81
Above numbers updated as of 2:00 p.m. 3/19/20

Shelby County currently has ten (10) confirmed COVID-19 cases. Results on six (6) new cases were reported to the Health Department last night. This increase is not unexpected because commercial laboratories have begun reporting results on tests conducted over the last several days. 

While there is still no direct evidence of community transmission of the virus, the rapid increase in cases is suggestive that community transmission may be occurring. Now is the time for strict adherence to the Health Department’s social-distancing recommendations:

Messages for Individuals:
• Avoid handshakes and close contact with others whenever possible. 
• Cancel or postpone gatherings of 10 or more people. Instead of visiting friends or relatives, call or video chat. 
• Stay at home whenever possible. While Shelby County School students and many others are out of school, keep children home and plan home-based activities.
• Do not go to work or go out in public if you are sick, especially with fever, cough or other respiratory symptoms. 
• Re-evaluate travel plans. It is strongly recommended to avoid any unnecessary travel.  If traveling overseas, check the CDC’s travel advisory website, which is updated daily: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.  If traveling within the U.S., avoid destinations where COVID-19 has been reported. 
• Avoid non-essential flights. Traveling by private vehicle limits exposure to other people.
• Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Scrub dirt under fingernails with a brush and soap. 
• Practice respiratory etiquette by using a tissue if coughing or sneezing, then throwing the tissue away and washing your hands.
• Sanitize surfaces that are frequently touched by many people with anti-bacterial wipes or diluted bleach solution. 
Messages for Community/Business Leaders:
• Cancel or postpone meetings and conferences of 10 or more people. 
• Consider conducting all conferences and meetings by phone or video chat rather than face-to-face.
• Move desks and office furniture to put at least six feet of distance between employees. 
• Businesses that serve the public, including restaurants and retail stores should encourage social distancing by putting space between tables and spacing out check-out lines as much as possible.
• Consider providing delivery or curbside pick-up options to limit interactions in stores and restaurants. 
• Encourage and enable employee telecommuting to limit person-to-person interactions as much as possible.

The Health Department’s COVID-19 webpage also has a new easy-to-remember link: shelbytnhealth.com/coronavirus. The page includes useful information about the virus and links to resources for individuals, families, businesses and faith communities.

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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (3/18)

Based on the experiences of the Seattle Mayor and their community, we created the Community Response Fund which is hosted at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis. As we move through this, many people are going to need help as a result of the impact felt by the novel coronavirus. The fund will help sustain organizations offering services to those in our community who need it most. WMC did a good story on this, as well as, listing other ways you can help. To learn more, here’s a link to it.

Dr. Manoj Jain, our infectious disease specialist created the following graphs. They help demonstrate how the virus compares to others in infectivity, mortality, and how long it can live outside the human body. 

Infectivity

graphic 1

Mortality

graphic 2

Viability

graphic 3

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: March 18, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County: 4
Tennessee: 98
Shelby County Residents Approved for Testing by State Lab: 39
Persons Under Public Health Monitoring in Shelby County: 105
Above numbers updated as of 2:00 p.m. 3/18/20


Shelby County currently has four confirmed COVID-19 cases. The fourth case was identified late on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. That case is not related to any of the first 3 cases. The individual is a Shelby County resident who has no travel history outside of Shelby County but did have out-of-state visitors who had mild respiratory symptoms while visiting. The fourth case is in isolation and receiving treatment in a hospital setting. 

The third case, which was announced yesterday, is not a resident of Shelby County and had recently traveled to several other states. Based on the travel history and the date of onset of symptoms, the individual does not appear to have contracted COVID-19 in Shelby County. That individual experienced only minor symptoms and is isolated in a residential setting. The Health Department is now conducting contact tracing to identify persons who may have been exposed to the third case. 

For the Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Call Center, Please Dial:   833-943-1658

Price Gouging: To report price gouging contact the State of Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs at www.tn.gov/consumer or call 615.741.4737

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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (3/17)

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its potential impact on the City, I am issuing a declaration of emergency for the city of Memphis effective immediately. This declaration allows the City and its departments and agencies to seek any and all necessary federal and state funding to facilitate the response to the Emergency. Additionally, all required procedures and formalities as to procurements on behalf of the City are hereby suspended for purchase of equipment, materials, supplies and services needed for Emergency management purposes.

As you may have seen, the CDC is now recommending that all social events of 10 or more people be postponed or canceled over the next 15 days. I am urging event organizers locally to follow that guidance.

I know many of you are concerned about getting your groceries, and making sure you have everything you need. I am asking that when you do grocery shop, please only get what you need. There is no need to hoard. This morning I spoke with several of our local grocers, and they all have plenty of food and supplies in store or on the way. It’s just a matter of having time to get shelves restocked. We ask that you be patient, and if you have elderly family, friends or neighbors, please go to the store for them. 

Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18th, libraries and community centers will be closed until further notice. Parks and Golf courses will remain open; however, we are cancelling all extracurricular activities (i.e. Play Your Park) at our parks. The closing of our community centers will not affect food delivery to SCS students while their schools are closed or MIFA delivery to seniors.

While our facilities are closed, citizens that are members of City of Memphis Senior Centers can continue to receive a daily meal from their respective centers.  Members that are registered to receive MIFA meals can opt to pick up their meal from the center in which they attend or have it delivered if they use our van service.  Members at all other senior centers will have the option to pick up their meal at their respective center for their regular nominal fee.  

Additionally, our LINC211 telephone lines will be up and running seven days a week with augmented hours. Those hours are:  Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

During this time, we strongly encourage you to continue to-go orders and support our local restaurants and their staffs. To help with this, we have decided to provide on-street parking relief exclusively for food delivery vehicles at various restaurant locations Downtown and Midtown where parking meters are installed. Until further notice, we are relaxing enforcement at metered parking spaces, allowing on-street parking at no charge in front of restaurants. Please note that all restricted parking areas will remain in effect during this time to ensure public safety.

During the daily briefing from the Shelby County Health Department their update included cases and quarantine numbers. Those numbers are as follows – 114 people are currently under quarantine. So far, we have had 3 positive tests.

For the Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Call Center, Please Dial:   833-943-1658

Price Gouging: To report price gouging contact the State of Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs at www.tn.gov/consumer  or call 615.741.4737

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Monday Update with Mayor Jim Strickland (3/16)

Latest information: 

We are continuing to monitor this situation very closely. I want to remind everyone that we expect the number of infections to rise significantly as widespread testing begins very soon. This should not be a cause for panic but more of a realistic picture of where we are with the spread of the virus. As I said in last Friday’s Weekly Update, this is a time for compassion, patience, and to look out for the well-being of one another.

As you may have seen, the CDC recommended yesterday that all events in the next eight weeks of 50 or more people either be postponed or canceled. I am urging event organizers locally to follow that guidance, and we are canceling our annual Housing and Community Development event, a Taste of Memphis, which was scheduled for April 9th.

This morning, we convened the leadership of all local hospitals and the Shelby County Health Department to discuss our plans moving forward to ensure we’re all working together and all lines of communication are open.

Additionally, we convened a meeting with Memphis Tourism, Memphis Restaurant Association, and the Metropolitan Memphis Hotel Lodging Association. They are in the process of developing protocols, but many restaurants are already following CDC guidelines of social distancing and other recommendations. 

During this time, we strongly encourage you to continue to-go orders and support our local restaurants and their staffs. To help with this, we have decided to provide on-street parking relief exclusively for food delivery vehicles at various restaurant locations Downtown and Midtown where parking meters are installed. Until further notice, we are relaxing enforcement at metered parking spaces, allowing on-street parking at no charge in front of restaurants. Please note that all restricted parking areas will remain in effect during this time to ensure public safety.

As we stated yesterday, starting Wednesday, March 18th, libraries and community centers will be closed until further notice. Parks and Golf courses will remain open, and parks will have additional programming for children. The closing of our community centers will not affect food delivery to SCS students while their schools are closed.

During our daily briefing, the Shelby County Health Department gave us an update on quarantine numbers. Those numbers are as follows – 123 people are currently under quarantine. There are 18 tests pending. So far, we have had 2 positive tests and 11 cleared.

For the Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Call Center, Please Dial:   833-943-1658

Price Gouging: To report price gouging contact the State of Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs at www.tn.gov/consumer or call 615.741.4737

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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (3/15)

Effective Wednesday, March 18, libraries and community centers will be closed until further notice. Parks and golf courses will remain open.

Effective immediately, the City of Memphis will not be accepting any new event or public assembly permits and revoking permits for events scheduled over the next two weeks. We will be constantly monitoring this situation and will reassess when the ban can be lifted. Any money paid to the permit office will be refunded.

During our daily briefing, the Shelby County Health Department gave us an update on quarantine numbers. Those numbers are as follows – 133 people are currently under quarantine. There are 20 tests pending. So far, we have had 2 positive tests and 9 cleared.

For the Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Call Center, Please Dial: 833-943-1658

Price Gouging: To report price gouging contact the State of Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs at www.tn.gov/consumer or call 615.741.4737

We want to remind everyone that the threat to most individuals is low, but the importance of social distancing to slow the spread of the virus cannot be overstated. The chart below is a great example of what happened in our past and is still relevant for guidance today. What you will see is what happens when you wait versus acting immediately to enact social distancing practices.

Effects of social distancing on 1918 flu deaths
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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (3/14)

1.City of Memphis Directives to the Public – As a matter of precaution, we encourage all citizens to follow prevention steps from the CDC including:  

  • avoid close contact with people who are sick 
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth 
  • stay home if you are sick 
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe 
  • wash your hands often  
  • those 60 and older or with underlying health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes should avoid large gatherings and stay home if possible 

If you need to conduct business with the City like paying taxes, fines, etc., please do so through the mail or one of our on-line portals rather than in person. The link to pay your taxes online can be found on our memphistn.gov site. 

If you don’t have access to a computer or a smart phone to pay your City of Memphis bills, don’t come to City Hall, you can call (901) 522-1111 so that we can make the necessary arrangements so you don’t get charged late fees or fines. 

The CDC asks that if you think you have been exposed to the coronavirus, contact your healthcare provider immediately, by phone. 

For full guidance on coronavirus, visit the CDC’s website here.

Shelby County Health Department has also set up a website for coronavirus here

2.Current Conditions:  federal, state local declarations

a. State declaration of emergency March 12, Federal declaration of emergency March 13  
b. This relaxes state licensure regulations for health care workers  
c. Allows pharmacists to dispense an additional 30 day supply of prescriptions  
d. Prohibits price gouging  
e. Relaxes transport regulations for ground delivery of medical supplies  
f. U.S. House of Representatives pass Coronavirus relief

3. Cases: confirmed, suspected, number quarantined  

  • We expect the number of infections to rise significantly as widespread testing begins very soon. This should not be a cause for panic but more of a realistic picture of where we are with spread of the virus. 

a. 26 confirmed cases in the State of Tennessee  
b. 2 confirmed cases in the City of Memphis 

4.Public agency status:  schools, facilities, services, events  

a. City of Memphis divisions are all operating at full capacity  
b. SCS has extended time off for students until March 30. SCS will providing free meals for students at 20 sites  March 23-27 

Affiliate Agencies: 

  • MLGW has suspended cut-offs until further notice 

How can you help? 
Volunteer/donate to the Mid-South Food Bank 
Foster a pet with MAS
Volunteer/donate to MIFA 

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COVID-19 Update from City of Memphis (3/12)

COVID-19 Update from City of MemphisPosted on 03/12/2020At present, all City-run facilities and functions remain open and active based on advice from medical experts. With the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City may choose to cancel events or close facilities in the future. Our decision to do so will be based on evidence of community transmission of the virus.  

In the meantime, and out of an abundance of caution, we are continuing to recommend citizens follow CDC guidelines; if you’re 60 or older and/or have underlying serious health conditions, we urge you to avoid large gatherings and stay home if you can. 

In addition, anyone who needs to conduct business with the City (i.e. pay taxes, fines, etc.) please do so through the mail or one of our on-line portals rather than in person. The link to pay your taxes online is https://epayments.memphistn.gov/

For those individuals without access to a computer or a smart phone to pay your City of Memphis bills, we ask that you do not come to City Hall, but that you call (901) 522-1111 so that we can make the necessary arrangements to avoid late fees or fines.   

This is a rapidly evolving situation and we are constantly monitoring. Look for more updates as we get additional information. If you have additional questions, please contact 311.

-Chief Operating Officer Doug McGowen