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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (8-27)
COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (8-27)
Posted on 08/27/2020
Yesterday, I announced in partnership with City Council, we contributed $3.5 million in CARES Act funding to MIFA that will go to fund utility assistance programs (up to $200 per participant), as well as programs that offer food, rent and other assistance.

I want to make a couple more quick clarifying statements as we’ve had some questions.

To receive this utility assistance, you must be a Memphis resident with a COVID-19 related loss of income. Applications for those programs are expected to open next week, and we will share those specific application dates and more specific details about this program at that time.

As a reminder, MIFA provides utility assistance under other programs annually. Check their website for more information.

Mask Enforcement


Received 11 complaints

City Mask Ordinance
Code completed 21 inspections based on processed complaints.
10 businesses received warnings. 
0 businesses received a summons.
0 businesses received a second summons
H.D. Mask and Other Violations
Code completed 8 inspections based on processed complaints
0 businesses received warnings


To date, 930 City Mask Complaints have been inspected by Code:

818 complaints have been resolved as “compliant” following inspection by Code
36 current open matters.  The following is a breakdown of the open matters:
16 pending inspections 
10 businesses on 1st Violation
2 businesses on 2nd Violation
0 businesses on 3rd Violation
5 businesses have been issued first summons
2 businesses have been issued second summons 
1 business was closed at first inspection


To date, 179 H.D. related complaints have been inspected by Code:

142 complaints have been resolved as “compliant” following inspection by Code.
11 current open matters.  The following is a breakdown of the open matters:
5 pending inspections 
4 businesses on 1st Violation
0 businesses on 2nd Violation
0 businesses on 3rd Violation 
4 businesses were closed at first inspection


To date, 457 City Mask Ordinance violations have been issued (this is the cumulative total for violations issued in closed and open matters)

To date, 54 Health Department violations have been issued (this is the cumulative total for violations issued in closed and open matters)

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: August 27, 2020
Shelby County COVID-19 Cases
Total Shelby County Cases: 26,903
New Cases Today: 247
Deaths Total: 370
Deaths Reported Last 24 Hours: 3
Total Tested in Shelby County: 249,500
Tennessee Total Cases: 147,353
As of 2:00 p.m. 8/26/20
Other Jurisdictions
Tipton County, TN: 1,356
Desoto County, MS: 4,421
Crittenden County, AR: 1,602
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 8/27/20

Recovered COVID Cases


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

Vulnerable Populations

Shelby County Corrections

Testing Positivity Rate

Total Cases, Investigations

Case Rate Map

Testing Rate Map

Cumulative Total

Cases by Age

Pediatric Cases

Fatalities bySex

Cases by Race

Fatalities by Ethnicity

Fatalities byRace

Deaths by Age

Fatalities by Comorbidities

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 the current Health Directive No. 11, which went into effect on Monday, August 24, 2020. Health Directive No. 11 also orders all restaurants in Shelby County to close no later than 10:00 p.m. each night.

The full text of Health Directive No. 11 may be viewed at:

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 August 24, 2020, the Shelby County Health Department issued a revised 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.

Please note, face masks with expiratory vents or valves are not recommended. The vents allow potentially infectious respiratory droplets to be expelled into the air and therefore do not prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Approved 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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