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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (5-7)
COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (5-7)
Posted on 05/07/2020
As we move into the end of our first week of Phase 1 of our Back-to-Business plan, I want to remind everyone to keep letting us know of areas or businesses that are not in compliance by calling 311. Please know that we take your concerns seriously, but also know that our first response to a business reported as being in violation is one of education as to the requirements of the Safer at Home and Back to Business orders. 

The overwhelming majority of businesses are doing the best they can to follow our new protocols. These are uncharted waters, and we are all working hard to keep everyone as safe as possible, while at the same time, trying to restart our economy after a six-week slowdown.

We are continuing to monitor the data daily and in constant communication with our medical experts. We will get through this.

Below is a quick look at our Safer at Home violations since starting Phase 1 of Back-to-Business.

Safer at Home violations

Memphis Botanic Garden and Beale Street shops and restaurants

As you may have seen, the Memphis Botanic Garden reopened to members only today for two weeks. On Tuesday, May 19th, the Garden will expand admittance to daily fee guests. For the month of May, the Garden will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Along with Beale Street management, we are announcing that Beale Street shops and restaurants are allowed to open to customers beyond carry-out/to-go orders beginning today. The opening of these businesses requires that additional safety protocols be maintained by both the Beale Street establishments and guests.

In light of the continuing threats posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and out of concern for public safety, the following measures are being put into place to ensure continued social distancing and other health-related practices.

Conditions for Beale Street Reopening - all standard requirements for restaurants as described in the Back to Work guidelines for Phase I - as well as:

• Beale Street shops and restaurants will be allowed to open; Beale Street as an entertainment district will remain closed 
• All gatherings of more than 10 people will be prohibited 
• Daily, beginning at 5:00 p.m., the street will be blocked off to vehicular traffic, with pedestrian traffic allowed only on sidewalks
• Beale Street Establishments will not: 
o Sell drinks to patrons from the exterior or through any on-street carts
o Allow dine-in customer drinks to be carried out from the restaurant to the street, lid or no lid
o Schedule live music or DJs during open business hours
o Play outdoor music
• Until further notice, Beale Street Establishments will close to dine-in patrons at 10:00 p.m. each day
• Additional security will be provided daily by the Blue Suede Brigade

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: May 7, 2020

Shelby County Cases: 3040
Deaths: 64
Total Tested in Shelby County: 36,878
Tennessee Total Cases: 14,096*
*As of 2:00 p.m. 5/07/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN: 155
Desoto County, MS: 310
Crittenden County, AR: 202
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 5/07/2020

Total COVID-19 Cases Recovered in Shelby County as of 05/06/2020
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. 
Vulnerable Populations

Map of COVID-19 testing in Shelby County as of 05/06/2020
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 05/06/2020 
Ages of COVID Cases

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

Shelby County COVID-29 Cases by Race and Ethnicity as of 5/06/20
Table 1

Table 2

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)

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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