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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (3-16)
COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (3-16)
Posted on 03/16/2020
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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 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. Our annual Housing and Community Development event, a Taste of Memphis, which was scheduled for April 9th, has been postponed to a later date. 

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

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