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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (7-16)
COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (7-16)
Posted on 07/16/2020
For the last several weeks, we’ve been enforcing our Mask Ordinance within the City of Memphis. I’m pleased to say that overall, we have seen significant improvement with many of you wearing masks and facial coverings.

Keep it up.

So far, we have processed a total of 324 mask complaints.  Of those visits, 229 resulted in a finding of compliance.  We have issued 124 warnings and issued two summonses to date.


Over the last several months, we’ve seen how this virus disproportionately affects African Americans and our Latinx communities.

To help ensure we’re doing everything we can to slow the spread, we announced earlier today a partnership with La Prensa Latina on a new website and ad campaign called MASCARILLAS ARRIBA MEMPHIS. The website address is and it provides localized COVID-19 information in Spanish.

If we’re going to beat this virus, it’s essential to make all current information regarding COVID-19 and how to stop it accessible where the community can find it.

At the end of the day, we are all in this together, and it will take all of us working together to get through it.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: July 16, 2020
COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases: 15,270
New Cases Today: 466
Deaths: 233
Total Tested in Shelby County: 165,520
Tennessee Total Cases: 69,061
*As of 2:00 p.m. 7/15/20
Other Jurisdictions
Tipton County, TN: 740
Desoto County, MS: 2,112
Crittenden County, AR: 893
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 7/16/2020

Recovered COVID Cases


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

Vulnerable Populations

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

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.

Testing Positivity Rate

Total Cases

Covid Case Rate

COVID Cases by Age

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

On July 3, and updated July 7, 2020, the Shelby County Health Department issued a Health Order and Directive Regarding Masks and Cloth Face Coverings, which may be viewed at

The Order and Directive requires the use of masks or cloth facial coverings in most public settings by all persons in Shelby County with the exceptions of children age two or younger and persons who cannot tolerate facial coverings because of certain medical conditions.

Masks may be picked up, while supplies last, at all Shelby County Health Department locations listed below during the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., with the exception of the Collierville clinic, which is open Tuesday and Thursday only. No appointment is needed to pick up a mask. 

Health Department Main Office

814 Jefferson Avenue, 38105

Cawthon Public Health Clinic

1000 Haynes, 38114

Collierville Public Health Clinic (Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)

167 Washington St., 38017

Hickory Hill Public Health Clinic

6590 Kirby Center Cove, 38118

Millington Public Health Clinic (Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)

8225 Highway 51 North, 38053

Shelby Crossing Public Health Clinic

6170 Macon Road, 38133

Southland Mall Public Health Clinic

1287 Southland Mall, 38116
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