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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (8-10)

COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (8-10)

After having eight straight weeks of steady increases, our positivity rate has been dropping each of the last two weeks, and our reproductive rate remains below 1. This is exactly the path we want to continue going down.

As I said on Friday, our number of new daily cases continues to stabilize. That being said, the number of tests given daily has also gone down slightly. We are continuing to monitor this, and hope to have more testing back up soon.

Even with the good trends we’re seeing, there is one area where the numbers are still too high—our hospitalizations. We’re averaging between 350-400 hospitalizations each day.

These are averages from the 1st through the 8th of June, July and August:

           Tests        Positives           Hospitalizations

June      1,725        124                      148

July        2,361        321                     316

Aug.       1,933        259                     374

Those numbers serve as a stark reminder that it’s as important as ever to keep wearing a mask, washing our hands, and please stay home if you’re sick. If we can keep wearing a mask for the next several weeks, we will drastically reduce the number of new cases, new hospitalizations, and prevent more people from unnecessarily dying.

Stay vigilant and keep up the good work!

Mask Enforcement


Received 31 complaints

City Mask Ordinance
Code completed 85 inspections based on processed complaints.
19 businesses received warnings. 
0 businesses received a summons.
0 businesses received a second summons
H.D. Mask and Other Violations
Code completed 42 inspections based on processed complaints
1 business received warnings


To date, 745 City Mask Complaints have been inspected by Code:

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


To date, 135 H.D. related complaints have been inspected by Code:

101 complaints have been resolved as “compliant” following inspection by Code.
18 current open matters.  The following is a breakdown of the open matters:
15 pending inspections 
1 business on 1st Violation
0 businesses on 2nd Violation
0 businesses on 3rd Violation 
2 businesses were closed at first inspection (business was closed)


To date, 346 City Mask Ordinance violations have been issued

To date, 26 Health Department violations have been issued

COVID-19 Data Points

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

(Note: On the HRTS slide these are the latest numbers available.)

Shelby County COVID-19 Cases
Total Shelby County Cases: 23,810
New Cases Today: 281
Deaths Total:304
Deaths Reported Last 24 Hours: 3
Total Tested in Shelby County: 220,749
Tennessee Total Cases: 122,712
As of 2:00 p.m. 8/9/20
Other Jurisdictions
Tipton County, TN: 1,208
Desoto County, MS: 3,658
Crittenden County, AR: 1,356
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 8/10/20

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:

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. 9. Health Directive No. 9 also orders all restaurants in Shelby County to close no later than 10:00 p.m. each night. These orders will remain in place under Health Directive No. 10.

Health Directive No. 10, announced on Friday, August 7, 2020, goes into effect on Monday, August 10, 2020. Substantive changes from Health Directive No. 9 include:

Improvements/Set Backs and Responses chart added to show “tripwires” for reopenings/shutdowns. The Health Department will continue to share information about testing capacity, hospital capacity, and public health capacity with the mayors and other medical partners because those “responses” involve actions required by the health department and/or governmental partners.

Sports are addressed based on Governor Lee’s Executive Order 55 (there are also FAQs on the digital site that speak to sports (at the bottom of the page)
County courthouses are addressed (to limit too much traffic coming in)

The full text of Health Directive No. 10 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 July 3, and updated July 7, 2020, the Shelby County Health Department issued a 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