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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (5-12)
COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (5-12)
Posted on 05/12/2020
Now that we’re getting close to halfway through our first two weeks of Back-to-Business, I’ve been getting several questions asking when we will move from Phase I to Phase II.  

As I’ve said from the beginning, all of our decisions are based on data and recommendations from medical experts. The way we determine when to move from phase to phase in our Back-to-Business plan is no different. 

When we first started this process, I told you that we will base our decisions largely on three areas.
1. The numbers of new cases are stable or declining for 14 days.
2. Our hospitalizations are stable or declining for 14 days and our hospitals have capacity to treat all patients.
3. Our testing and tracing capabilities are sufficient to contain the virus.

To go a step further— the doctors advising us throughout this process noted that we could proceed into Phase 1 on May 4th because our range of new cases was stable at between 60-90 cases each day, and our range of hospitalizations was stable at between 100-120 patients in hospital beds each day.  Since we began Phase 1, for the most part, we’ve been maintaining those numbers.

That being said, we will not see the results of us starting to proceed into a next phase until 10-14 days into the current phase because, according to the doctors, that’s the incubation period for the virus. Starting tomorrow and through the weekend, we will be closely monitoring our data points to see if and when we can progress to Phase II.
We’ll keep you in the informed as we move forward.

Breaking down the numbers

Below is a quick look at data points over the last month.
COVID Numbers Shelby County




























COVID Numbers Shelby County




























COVID Cases Shelby County


















Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: May 12, 2020
COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases: 3421
Deaths: 72
Total Tested in Shelby County: 43,906
Tennessee Total Cases: 16,111
*As of 2:00 p.m. 5/12/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN: 373
Desoto County, MS: 336
Crittenden County, AR: 210
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 5/12/2020



Total COVID-19 Cases Recovered in Shelby County as of 05/09/2020
Recovered COVID Cases











The Shelby County Health Department is investigating clusters of infection in a number of facilities that serve vulnerable populations. 
COVID Vulnerable Populations



















The maps and age breakdown charts below are the most recent available. Demographic breakdowns (age, sex, race, ethnicity), maps, and death analysis will be updated once a week and shared on Fridays.  

Map of COVID-19 testing in Shelby County as of 05/07/2020 (most recent available)
COVID Cases Map
















Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

Map of COVID-19 Case Rate per 100,000 Population, as of 05/07/2020 (most recent available)
Map of COVID Cases

















Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)


Here is a breakdown of current cases in Shelby County by age range:

COVID-19 Cases in Shelby County by Age as of 05/07/2020 (most recent available)
Ages of COVID Cases
















Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

COVID-19 Cases in Shelby County by Age as of 05/07/2020 (Most recent available)
Percent Ages COVID Cases















Missing/Unknown = 19 (0.6%) 
Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

Shelby County COVID-29 Cases by Race and Ethnicity as of 5/07/20 (Most recent data available)
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Table 2







Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

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. Only essential businesses as spelled out in Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris’s executive order of March 24, 2020, may remain open to the public. All assemblies and gatherings of more than 10 people outside of a private residence are prohibited. The list of essential and non-essential businesses can be viewed here.

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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