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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (5-13)
COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (5-13)
Posted on 05/13/2020
This morning on our COVID-19 Joint Task Force call, Dr. Manoj Jain, the local infectious disease physician hired to advise city government on the pandemic, noted the hearing yesterday in the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, particularly the opening comments of Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander. Dr. Jain said that Senator Alexander was spot-on accurate in explaining our need for widespread testing (“millions of new tests”) especially if we want schools to open in the fall.

As we reopen, Dr. Jain and others have taught me that testing and contact tracing are essential; we must “box in the virus” by testing, isolating those who test positive, call all those who have been in close contact with an infectious person, and quarantining each of those contacts.

Over the last several weeks, the Joint Task Force has worked extremely hard to help get us in the position we’re in today. Our testing capabilities and capacity have dramatically increased, and we’re adding even more sites and more capacity at our existing locations. Because of your hard work of social distancing, wearing a mask when you’re in public, and staying home when you can—our rate of those testing positive for the virus has been steadily declining.

These are all great things and signs that we’re potentially heading in the right direction. But, the only way that we can continue these trends is for you to keep doing your part.

Wash your hands thoroughly and often. 

Stay home. 

If you have to go out in public, please wear a mask.
 
Finally, and equally as important, get tested—even if you only have mild symptoms. To see where all our testing sites are located, go here.

Breaking down the numbers

Below is a quick look at data points over the last month.
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Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: May 13, 2020
COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases: 3462
Deaths: 76
Total Tested in Shelby County: 45,118
Tennessee Total Cases: 16,370
*As of 2:00 p.m. 5/13/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN: 395
Desoto County, MS: 346
Crittenden County, AR: 212
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 5/13/2020

Total COVID-19 Cases Recovered in Shelby County as of 05/12/2020
Recovered COVID Cases Shelby County










The Shelby County Health Department is investigating clusters of infection in a number of facilities that serve vulnerable populations. 
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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)
Map COVID Testing Rate
















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)
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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)
Covid Cases Ages













Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

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

Covid Cases Percent Ages













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)
Ethnicity Table 1








Ethnicity 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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