"Aliens" left this message on a mural-adorned wall near Southwest Tennessee Community College's Union Campus. (Photo: Karanja A. Ajanaku)
Sen. Raumesh Akbari

Sen. Raumesh Akbari says that on the way to “a new normal” her goal is to make leaders accessible to the people of Memphis to answer questions and listen to what families are going through. That’s the thrust of a series of COVID-19 town hall meetings that begin Monday (April 27).

The meetings are crafted to provide up-to-date information on topics such as benefits for small businesses and workers who lost income due to the pandemic. The series will start with Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe, who will discuss support available to small business owners in Tennessee.

On Tuesday, Akbari (District 29) will host Ninth District Congressman Steve Cohen, who will discuss the CARES Act and what the funding means for Memphis and Tennessee.

“Everyone wants life to return to normal, but we have to listen to the public health experts, who know how to best handle coronavirus to guide us through this health crisis,” Akbari said.

Here’s the town hall schedule:

April 27: Small Business Support
Commissioner Bob Rolfe, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
Registration Link<https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIlfumsrjgvGtT1Ah3y1MTXNZ2DE0oaTeeH>

April 28: CARES Act: What it means for Tennesseans
U.S. Congressman Steve Cohen
Registration Link<https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pde-qrDIsHdQlR0lbgcB27RTMjeE2rCSQ>

April 29: Criminal Justice
Commissioner Tony Parker, Tennessee Department of Correction
Registration Link<https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvcOqrqj4rEtCyLeo57ubpA0oHnKeqhjKb>

April 30: Unemployment Due to Covid-19
Stamatia XiXis, legislative director for the Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Registration Link<https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkd-urpz8iHNdQXGHmAfwm_Ta7pUi5jhzM>

May 1: COVID-19 Family Support Town Hall
Commissioner Danielle Barnes, Tennessee Department of Human Services
Chief of Staff Whitney Page, Tennessee Department of Human Services
Registration Link<https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwudOCtrz4uHtJGVP07EFFBdy86Xt0hlfzr>


Gov. Bill Lee visits Memphis (April 25, 2020)

At Christ Community Health Center in Frayser on Saturday Gov. Lee said “Thank you!” — on behalf of Memphis-Shelby County residents — for the drive-thru COVID-19 testing. He prayed for God’s help and strength as “we walk through this pandemic.” (Photo: Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell)

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Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: April 26, 2020

Shelby County currently has 2,133 confirmed COVID-19 cases. The total number of deaths in Shelby County attributed to COVID-19 is 45.

For more information, visit: Shelby County Health Department has added a data page to its COVID-19 webpage: www.shelbytnhealth.com/coronavirus.


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