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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)

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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