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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (6-17)
COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (6-17)
Posted on 06/17/2020
In yesterday’s City Council meeting, they passed an ordinance requiring all of us when out in public to wear a mask or facial covering (unless a person has a specific medical reason not to). We are still reviewing the ordinance to fully understand how the council would like it enforced; however, we are hopeful that citizens will comply out of care and compassion for their fellow Memphians.

I know you’re getting tired of me asking, begging almost, to wear a facial covering when you’re out in public. But, the fact of the matter is—it reduces the spread of the virus, and it’s not just me who believes this.

The “CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.” And, Dr. Fauci recently said, “When you have crowds of people together and you have the lack of wearing a mask that increases the risk of there being transmissibility. I have no doubt about that.

I know it’s frustrating and it’s scary to have to deal with this. But, it is the card we have been dealt, and unfortunately without continuing to take these precautions, the virus will continue to rapidly spread throughout our community and would bring our economy back to a standstill. None of us want either of those to happen.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: June 17, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases: 7244
Deaths: 146
Total Tested in Shelby County: 101,532
Tennessee Total Cases: 32,143
*As of 2:00 p.m. 6/17/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN: 525
Desoto County, MS: 740
Crittenden County, AR: 545
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 6/17/2020

Recovered COVID Cases

Shelby County Health Department is tracking clusters in facilities that serve certain vulnerable populations:

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.

Vulnerable Populations

Here is the most recent testing and case information provided by the Shelby County Division of Corrections:

Shelby County Corrections

The testing positivity rate is the percentage of all tests conducted that are found to be positive. The chart below shows Shelby County’s testing positivity rates over time, as of June 16, 2020.

Testing Positivity Rate

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 may reopen under the guidance of Shelby County Health Directive #4, issued on May 18, 2020, which 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
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