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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (7-15)
COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (7-15)
Posted on 07/15/2020
Now, I know there is a looming question out there for many of our parents. I know this because, as a parent of a student, I have the same one.

“What are we going to do about school this fall?”

It’s a good question, but unfortunately, it’s one that I don’t have an answer to. And, even if I did, that responsibility does not rest with the city mayor.

While I don’t have an answer, I do have a suggestion. I mentioned this a few weeks back, but we’ve recently been piloting pool testing with promising results, and we just received F.D.A. approval to expand it. If you remember, this method of testing combines multiple patient samples and runs the test of all the samples together. If the result is negative, all samples are cleared. If they come back positive, each pooled sample would then be run individually to determine which may be positive.

At present, there is a national shortage on supplies in our labs that we hope will be resolved soon. As we look to reopen our schools and those supply levels normalize, widespread testing with rapid results will be key to keeping schools open. By using the pooling method, we can rapidly test asymptomatic teachers and students to quickly know when someone is infected and stop a potential outbreak before it happens.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: July 15, 2020
COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases: 14,804
New Cases Today: 249
Deaths: 229
Total Tested in Shelby County: 162,448
Tennessee Total Cases: 66,788
*As of 2:00 p.m. 7/14/20
Other Jurisdictions
Tipton County, TN: 727
Desoto County, MS: 2,050
Crittenden County, AR: 879
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 7/15/2020

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.

Completed Clusters

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

Shelby County Corrections

Here is the latest testing data from the Shelby County Criminal Justice Center at 201 Poplar:

201 Poplar COVID Cases

Testing Positivity Rate

Total Cases

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, including bars and some limited service restaurants have been ordered to close, under Health Directive No. 8, which went into effect at midnight on July 8, 2020.

Health Directive No. 8 also orders all restaurants in Shelby County to close no later than 10:00 p.m. each night, beginning July 9, 2020.

Health Directive No. 8 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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