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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (5-6)
COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (5-6)
Posted on 05/06/2020
As you may know, today is National Nurses Day. Now, more than ever, I want to say a very heartfelt thank you to all the nurses out there. You’re putting your own health at risk by working every day to keep us safe and well. We are forever grateful. 

If you have a friend, a family member, or simply pass them while in the grocery store—be sure to tell our nurses thank you!

2021 Budget Presentation

As I told them I would two weeks ago, I went back yesterday to City Council and made my budget presentation for the next fiscal year. I had asked them to come back when I had a better picture of what our numbers were going to look like, and I also wanted more time to research the applicable uses of Federal CARES Act Funding and how that might impact our ability to deliver a budget for FY21.  

Well, we completed that work, and more. I’m happy to say that we presented a budget that at its core preserves most of the essential functions of government with limitations on new hires outside public safety, reductions in materials and supplies, no layoffs, no raises, and no tax increase.  To see my full remarks, you can go here, and to see this year’s proposed operating budget, go here.

Testing for all

Starting today, May 6th, regardless of symptoms, all frontline workers who are concerned about possible COVID-19 exposure can be tested.  After careful review, the Shelby County Health Department, local health providers, and the Joint Task Force have decided to revise testing protocols to include testing individuals, with or without symptoms. Essential employees who feel sick or believe they have had contact with a COVID- 19 positive person, can be tested from the following workforces:
• Healthcare  
• First responders, such as paramedics, emergency medical technicians, law enforcement officers or firefighters     
• Fast food, gas stations, grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, public utilities, and Sanitation 
• Correctional facilities, such as jails or prisons
• Transportation (i.e. MATA)

Testing is available at no cost to the patient. All COVID-19 testing locations will have the capacity to provide testing. 

To find a testing location, visit, or contact the following testing locations for availability:  

• Case Management - 901 821-5880 or email  
• Christ Community Health Services –Text “Test2020” to 91999 
• Cherokee Healthcare -  
• Church Health Center- (901) 272-0003 
• Memphis Health Center- (901) 261-2042 
• Tri-State Community Health Center- (901) 572-1573 
• University of Tennessee Health Science Center-  Text “COVID” to 901-203-5526 or  
• Walgreens – Schedule online 

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update:
May 6, 2020

Shelby County Cases: 2948
Deaths: 58
Total Tested in Shelby County: 35,228
Tennessee Total Cases: 13,690*
*As of 2:00 p.m. 5/05/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN: 149
Desoto County, MS: 308
Crittenden County, AR: 197
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 5/06/2020

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

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

Note: “Recovered“ is defined as (1) people who are living and have been confirmed to be asymptomatic by the health department and have completed their required isolation period or (2) are at least 21 days beyond the first test confirming their illness.

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

Map of COVID-19 testing in Shelby County as of 05/05/2020
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 05/05/2020 
Ages of COVID Cases

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

Shelby County COVID-29 Cases by Race and Ethnicity as of 5/05/20
Table 1

Table 2

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. 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

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