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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (6-17)

In yesterday’s City Council meeting, they passed an ordinance requiring all of us when out in public to wear a mask or facial covering (unless a person has a specific medical reason not to). We are still reviewing the ordinance to fully understand how the council would like it enforced; however, we are hopeful that citizens will comply out of care and compassion for their fellow Memphians.

I know you’re getting tired of me asking, begging almost, to wear a facial covering when you’re out in public. But, the fact of the matter is—it reduces the spread of the virus, and it’s not just me who believes this.

The “CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.” And, Dr. Fauci recently said, “When you have crowds of people together and you have the lack of wearing a mask that increases the risk of there being transmissibility. I have no doubt about that.”

I know it’s frustrating and it’s scary to have to deal with this. But, it is the card we have been dealt, and unfortunately without continuing to take these precautions, the virus will continue to rapidly spread throughout our community and would bring our economy back to a standstill. None of us want either of those to happen.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: June 17, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases7244
Deaths146
Total Tested in Shelby County101,532
Tennessee Total Cases32,143
*As of 2:00 p.m. 6/17/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN525
Desoto County, MS740
Crittenden County, AR545
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 6/17/2020

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:

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 June 16, 2020.

Shelby County Health Department has added a data page to its COVID-19 webpage: www.shelbytnhealth.com/coronavirus.  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 may reopen under the guidance of Shelby County Health Directive #4, issued on May 18, 2020, which can be viewed here:  www.shelbytnhealth.com/healthdirectives.

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 shelbytnhealth@shelbycountytn.gov.

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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (6-16)

We’ve received several requests recently for complaints of violations of the Back-to-Business plan. For the most part, citizens and businesses have done a decent job of complying.

To report a business that you feel may be out of compliance, please call the Shelby County Health Department’s COVID-19 hotline at 833-943-1658.

Below is a quick look at the complaint numbers through last Friday.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: June 16, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases7090
Deaths142
Total Tested in Shelby County100,196
Tennessee Total Cases31,830
*As of 2:00 p.m. 6/16/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN520
Desoto County, MS718
Crittenden County, AR537
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 6/16/2020

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 as of June 15, 2020:

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 June 15, 2020.

Shelby County Health Department has added a data page to its COVID-19 webpage: www.shelbytnhealth.com/coronavirus.  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 may reopen under the guidance of Shelby County Health Directive #4, issued on May 18, 2020, which can be viewed here:  www.shelbytnhealth.com/healthdirectives.

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 shelbytnhealth@shelbycountytn.gov.

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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (6-15)

At the direction of the Shelby County Health Department, we will remain in Phase 2 of the Back-to-Business plan.  If you’re a business and have questions or would like to submit a business plan, you can visit here or you submit them to covid@shelbycountytn.gov.

Please remember that regardless of which phase we’re in, the most important fact to keep in mind is that the power to keep this virus under control lies within each of us. If we act like everything is back to normal, we risk negating all the good work we have done so far and potentially filling up our hospitals with very sick people. Keep washing your hands, social distancing, and covering your face when you’re in public.

A quick look at the numbers: Below is a brief summary of the weekly averages for the first two weeks in May and in June.    

May 1-14: Tests: 1335  Positivity Rate: 5.3  New Cases: 72   Hospitalizations: 118                                        

June 1-14  Tests: 1605  Positivity Rate: 8.8  New Cases: 126  Hospitalizations: 166                                        

With respect to hospitalizations, on June 14, 78 percent of acute care beds and 78 percent of ICU beds were filled at our hospitals under their normal staffing levels.  If you count the hospitals’ expanded capacities, those numbers drop to 64 percent and 52 percent. Also, these numbers do not include the additional 401 beds available for potential overflow COVID-19 patients at the old Commercial Appeal site. An additional data point, the average age of COVID-19 patients in the hospital is 38 years old.

The bottom line—we are at least another six to twelve months away from having a widely distributed vaccine for this virus.  As a result, we must stay vigilant—please continue to practice social distancing, wear facial coverings when you’re in public, wash your hands thoroughly, and if you have it, keep using hand sanitizer.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: June 15, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases6892
Deaths139
Total Tested in Shelby County98,105
Tennessee Total Cases30,432
*As of 2:00 p.m. 6/14/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN510
Desoto County, MS714
Crittenden County, AR522
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 6/15/2020

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:

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 June 14, 2020.

Shelby County Health Department has added a data page to its COVID-19 webpage: www.shelbytnhealth.com/coronavirus.  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 may reopen under the guidance of Shelby County Health Directive #4, issued on May 18, 2020, which can be viewed here:  www.shelbytnhealth.com/healthdirectives.

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 shelbytnhealth@shelbycountytn.gov.

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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (6-11)

As was noted in today’s Joint Task Force update, Riverside Drive (which has been closed to vehicle traffic for several weeks now) will be opening back up once we enter Phase 3 of our Back-to-Business plan on Monday, June 15th .  All lanes will be open Monday through Friday afternoon. It will be closed back down after rush hour on Fridays and opened back up early Monday mornings.

In addition, the Shelby County Health Department will once again be dispensing fabric face masks to the public at 814 Jefferson and its other public health facilities located around Shelby County.

The masks, provided in partnership with Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s Unified Command Group, have been declared safe for human use by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Tennessee Department of Health.

For more information on the masks and where to pick yours up, go here for more information.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: June 10, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases6220
Deaths136
Total Tested in Shelby County90,686
Tennessee Total Cases28,340
*As of 2:00 p.m. 6/11/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN487
Desoto County, MS642
Crittenden County, AR473
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 6/10/2020

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:

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 June 9, 2020.

Shelby County Health Department has added a data page to its COVID-19 webpage: www.shelbytnhealth.com/coronavirus.  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 may reopen under the guidance of Shelby County Health Directive #5, issued on June 1, 2020, which can be viewed here:  www.shelbytnhealth.com/healthdirectives. Questions may be submitted via webform on that site, or may be emailed to covid@shelbycountytn.gov.

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 shelbytnhealth@shelbycountytn.gov.

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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (6-10)

As you’re aware, each day we are monitoring several data points to determine where we stand in the fight against COVID-19. As you will see in the numbers below, our daily number of positive cases and estimated number of hospitalized have gone up slightly, but with increased testing and more people going back to work, we expected this to happen.

The importance of wearing facial coverings in public, washing your hands frequently, and continuing to practice social distancing is just as important now as it was in March.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: June 10, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases6220
Deaths136
Total Tested in Shelby County90,686
Tennessee Total Cases27,575
*As of 2:00 p.m. 6/9/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN487
Desoto County, MS642
Crittenden County, AR473
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 6/10/2020

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:

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 June 9, 2020.

Shelby County Health Department has added a data page to its COVID-19 webpage: www.shelbytnhealth.com/coronavirus.  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 may reopen under the guidance of Shelby County Health Directive #5, issued on June 1, 2020, which can be viewed here:  www.shelbytnhealth.com/healthdirectives. Questions may be submitted via webform on that site, or may be emailed to covid@shelbycountytn.gov.

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 shelbytnhealth@shelbycountytn.gov.

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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (6-9)

One of the cornerstones of our nation is a strong and vibrant free press. With the addition of the Daily Memphian in 2018, our community added another trusted and reliable source of information to our local news outlets.

One thing I hope you’ve learned about me by now is that I don’t like to cause unnecessary controversy or give undeserved criticism. Now, having said that, if something is factually incorrect and/or misleading to the public, I have a duty to set the record straight.

Yesterday, the Daily Memphian wrote a story titled “Mayor vows to fight police brutality, but city blocks records”. This title is factually incorrect and misleading, and some very important details were left out of the article. The gist of the story (in case you haven’t read it) is that a reporter made a public records request for some documents and wasn’t happy with the amount of time it was going to take to get them back.

To give you some background, the initial request was made on June 1, 2020 for

“a copy of all unnecessary or excessive force complaints filed against officers of the Memphis Police Department from Jan. 1 2015 to the present along with any related paperwork. Related paperwork includes but is not limited to statements of charges, hearing summaries, written findings, appeals, records of suspensions and related items.”

The reporter received a response on June 3, 2020 detailing what it would cost to fulfill his request (which is dictated by state statute). Another request by the reporter was made on June 5, 2020 to inspect the documents in person (which can be done for free), and was told a status report would be given on June 9, 2020. The Daily Memphian story was published yesterday with the title as noted above saying “city blocks records”.

Now, just to put it into to perspective, each one of these files on the low-end averages around 100 pages in length, and depending on the complexity of the circumstances, can be upwards of 300 pages. So, that means in a week’s time, this reporter expected one of our officers to go through anywhere from 21,000 to nearly 64,000 pages of files.

And, it’s not just simply gathering all the information and handing it over. Per TN Code § 10-7-503, the governing statute for public records, each file MUST be redacted for personal and confidential information whether inspected in-person or outside of city government.

While I fully appreciate that our process is not perfect, allowing our Memphis Police Department only seven days to fulfill this request dealing with five and half years of data and thousands of pages worth of information is unreasonable. This is in addition to the hundreds of other public records requests they are currently working to provide to citizens and other news organizations throughout the year.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: June 9, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases6119
Deaths133
Total Tested in Shelby County89,428
Tennessee Total Cases26,944
*As of 2:00 p.m. 6/8/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN480
Desoto County, MS633
Crittenden County, AR465
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 6/9/2020

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:

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 June 8, 2020.

Shelby County Health Department has added a data page to its COVID-19 webpage: www.shelbytnhealth.com/coronavirus.  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 may reopen under the guidance of Shelby County Health Directive #4, issued on May 18, 2020, which can be viewed here:  www.shelbytnhealth.com/healthdirectives.

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 shelbytnhealth@shelbycountytn.gov.

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

Recently, we announced that the YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South is offering free childcare to essential workers. They still have space available for those who may need it.

The YMCA has added additional safety procedures like health screenings, smaller groups, increased cleaning, and modified their program framework to ensure safe social distancing for all participants.

For more information about the program and how to register, visit www.ymcamemphis.org.

Moving forward with Back-to-Business

More than a month ago, Governor Lee ordered that Shelby County Health Department would have authority over Safer at Home restrictions and Back-to- Business regulations.  Therefore, all Back-to-Business information will now be housed with, and questions should be submitted to, the Shelby County Health Department. Everything will be located on their Health Directives page, and it will be the platform to submit questions or submit your business plans for review. To check out their page go here. If you’re a business and have questions, you can send them to covid@shelbycountytn.gov.  

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

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases5927
Deaths127
Total Tested in Shelby County86,512
Tennessee Total Cases26,944
*As of 2:00 p.m. 6/8/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN479
Desoto County, MS611
Crittenden County, AR463
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 6/8/2020

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:

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 June 7, 2020.

Shelby County Health Department has added a data page to its COVID-19 webpage: www.shelbytnhealth.com/coronavirus.  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 may reopen under the guidance of Shelby County Health Directive #4, issued on May 18, 2020, which can be viewed here:  www.shelbytnhealth.com/healthdirectives.

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 shelbytnhealth@shelbycountytn.gov.

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COVID-19 Update (6-4)

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: June 4, 2020


COVID-19 Cases Shelby County Cases: 5544
Deaths: 120
Total Tested in Shelby County: 81,439
Tennessee Total Cases
24,822 *As of 2:00 p.m. 6/3/20
Other Jurisdictions: Tipton County, TN: 459
Desoto County, MS: 559
Crittenden County, AR: 413
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 6/4/2020

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:

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 June 3, 2020.

Shelby County Health Department has added a data page to its COVID-19 webpage: www.shelbytnhealth.com/coronavirus. 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 may reopen under the guidance of Shelby County Health Directive #4, issued on May 18, 2020, which can be viewed here: www.shelbytnhealth.com/healthdirectives.

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 shelbytnhealth@shelbycountytn.gov.

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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (6-3)

As I told you yesterday, we are slowly but surely seeing an increase in our daily number of positive cases, and our overall test positivity rate has risen slightly to 6.8 percent. With more tests being administered daily throughout our community coupled with the fact that more people are out and moving around, we (medical experts included) expected this would be the result.

To put things into perspective, a few weeks back our daily number of positive cases were between 60 and 90 new cases each day with around 100 to 120 hospitalizations. Our numbers now are closer between 90 and 120 new cases each day and with around 125 to 145 hospitalizations. We are constantly monitoring these numbers to see if things are leveling out and this will be our new daily trend or if the numbers are continuing to go up, and we need to reevaluate.

To see a breakdown of cases by zip code throughout Shelby County, see below.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: June 3, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases5412
Deaths116
Total Tested in Shelby County79,715
Tennessee Total Cases24,822
*As of 2:00 p.m. 6/3/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN455
Desoto County, MS553
Crittenden County, AR395
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 6/3/2020

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:

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 June 3, 2020.

Shelby County Health Department has added a data page to its COVID-19 webpage: www.shelbytnhealth.com/coronavirus.  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 may reopen under the guidance of Shelby County Health Directive #4, issued on May 18, 2020, which can be viewed here:  www.shelbytnhealth.com/healthdirectives.

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 shelbytnhealth@shelbycountytn.gov.

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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (6-2)

As you saw earlier today, yesterday we had our highest number of new positive cases in a single day with 190. As I’ve said before, we knew this number would rise as more people are going back to work, going out socially, and trying to get back to some sense of normalcy.

That last word “normalcy” can be problematic, though.

Things are not back to “normal”. The virus is still very much around, and as you can see by yesterday’s number of positive cases, it’s still active. When we feel like things are “normal”, we let our guards down—stop adhering to social distancing, wearing a facial covering when we’re out in public, and not washing our hands for at least 20 seconds.

I know I’ve said this over and over and over again, but I say it because it is so important for our progress. If we don’t do those things, it will take much longer for our lives to get back to “normal”.

If you care about your family, your friends and your community and want to continue our progress, I cannot stress enough to cover your face when you’re out in public, keep social distancing, and please keep washing your hands.

We will get through this, but it will take all of us working together to stop the spread.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: June 2, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases5314
Deaths113
Total Tested in Shelby County78,104
Tennessee Total Cases23,554
*As of 2:00 p.m. 6/1/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN452
Desoto County, MS550
Crittenden County, AR386
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 6/2/2020

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:

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 June 2, 2020.

Shelby County Health Department has added a data page to its COVID-19 webpage: www.shelbytnhealth.com/coronavirus.  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 may reopen under the guidance of Shelby County Health Directive #4, issued on May 18, 2020, which can be viewed here:  www.shelbytnhealth.com/healthdirectives.

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 shelbytnhealth@shelbycountytn.gov.