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Mayor Strickland’s COVID-19 Update (1-7)

Mayor Strickland’s COVID-19 Update (1-7)

Due to a reporting error, the Shelby County Vaccinations I listed on Tuesday were off slightly. Below is the corrected information.

Daily Cases and Hospitalizations: As you see in the chart below, our numbers of daily cases and hospitalizations continue to steadily rise. Please continue to wear your mask, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and if you feel sick—get tested.

From the Shelby County Health Department: We are currently administering the last doses in our first allocation of vaccine from the state. We have made multiple requests for more vaccine. However, at this time, we have not received word from the state regarding when we will receive additional vaccine and how much we will receive.

We are hopeful that this will change and that more information will be provided. When we receive additional information, we will provide updates. When we receive additional vaccine, we will distribute the vaccine following the phased criteria established by the state.

Safer at Home Health Directive No. 16 Now in Effect

Safer at Home Health Directive No. 16 is now in effect and ends January 22, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

The text of that Directive, Face Mask Directive No. 4 and summaries of the documents can be found at

Shelby County COVID-19 Cases
Total Shelby County Cases71,728
New Cases Today613
Deaths Total984
Deaths Reported Last 24 Hours31
Total Tested in Shelby County852,458

Tennessee Total Cases
As of 2:00 p.m. 1/6/21
Other Jurisdictions
Tipton County, TN5,729
Desoto County, MS15,363
Crittenden County, AR4,242
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 1/7/2021

Shelby County Health Department Now Vaccinating “Phase 1a1”

The Shelby County Health Department is now vaccinating first responders and certain high-risk frontline health care workers deemed “1a1” in the Tennessee Department of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan listed here:

The vaccines will be given at two drive-thru vaccination sites in Shelby County:

  • 1826 Sycamore View Road
  • 2400 Union Avenue, at Lindenwood Christian Church

Vaccines are currently only available to people who meet the following criteria:

  • First responders with direct public exposure including EMS, law enforcement, and fire fighters
  • Staff working at COVID-19 mass testing sites
  • Staff and residents of long-term care facilities, residential homes for the aged and staff and residents of assisted living centers who have direct contact with residents or contact with potentially infectious materials
  • Staff of other congregate care facilities such as homes for the intellectually or developmentally disabled, detention centers, Staff of Department of Children’s Services residential facilities, rehabilitation hospitals and psychiatric hospitals who have direct patient contact or contact with potentially infectious materials
  • Home health care staff with direct patient contact
  • Staff and residents of long-term care facilities, residential homes for the aged and staff and residents of assisted living centers who have direct contact with residents or contact with potentially infectious materials
  • Providers of K-12 or university student health services who have direct patient contact or contact with potentially infectious materials

Safer at Home Health Directive No. 16 now in effect:

During the four weeks from December 26, 2020 to January 22, 2021, residents of Shelby County are asked to remain at home as much as possible. Specific recommendations and restrictions include:

  • Social activities related to entertainment and recreation should be curtailed because they expose everyone to unnecessary risks of spreading COVID-19. This would include, for example, indoor receptions, parties or events that are not related to places of worship, weddings, and funerals.
  • Employers are strongly encouraged to allow employees to work remotely (where feasible).
  • All previously approved events that were to occur during the effective dates of this Safer at Home order should reschedule their events or contact the Health Department to determine whether their event may still proceed.
  • Due to the risk of viral transmission, Health Directive No. 16 strongly discourages any on-site dining.
  • Indoor dining capacity must not exceed 25%.
  • Retail capacity must not exceed 50%.
  • Gyms and fitness facilities must limit capacity to 50%, including staff.
  • Businesses that provide goods or services exclusively through curbside service and pickup, drive-thru, shipment, delivery or virtually may continue.
  • All safety measures for individuals, services, and businesses that were in the previous Health Directive No. 15 will continue under the new Health Directive No. 16.

Summary of Face Mask Directive No. 4, now in effect:

  • Clarifies that masks are required in gyms and fitness facilities unless a customer has a medical condition that prevents him/her from wearing a mask, and if that is the case, a face shield is required.
  • Clarifies language for dining experiences to require a mask unless a customer is “seated and dining (eating/drinking).”

Early Treatment

An effective early treatment is available for persons who test positive and have the following risk factors:

  • Anyone over age 12 with obesity, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, or whose immunity is compromised by disease or prescription treatments.
  • Anyone age 12-17 with sickle cell disease; neuromuscular disorder; dependence on medical intervention, such as a breathing or feeding tube; or a lung disorder such as asthma that requires daily medication.
  • Anyone over age 55 with cardiovascular disease, hypertension, COPD or other chronic respiratory disease.
  • Anyone over age 65.

If you test positive, and have any of these risk factors, ask your health care provider about early COVID-19 treatments.


The Shelby County Health Department, in collaboration with the Shelby County Joint Task Force, has created an online hub for COVID-19. Visit for testing information, frequently asked questions and resources both communities and businesses.

COVID-19 Testing Availability

Shelby County has plenty of testing capacity available, and anyone who thinks they need a test should get one. Two of the community drive-through testing sites are now available to anyone, and no appointment is needed during their regular testing hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Those sites are:

  • 2355 Appling City Cove
  • 1720 RKS Commercial Cove (off Lamar Avenue)

Flu Vaccination

The Health Department strongly recommends vaccination against influenza. It is possible to get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time, and that may increase the risk of severe illness. The flu vaccine will not protect you against COVID-19, but it is the best protection we have against seasonal influenza.