Mask-wearing customers at Stein's Restuarant, 2248 South Lauderdale, on Sunday. On Monday, the Shelby County Health Department issued Face Mask Directive No. 2. (Photo: Tyrone P. Easley)

The Shelby County Health Department has issued a new health directive which includes amendments to provide a uniform reporting requirement in the event of COVID cases in schools.

The requirement applies to all schools.

In an effort to expand the information about any potential spread in a school district, the Shelby County Health Department also will begin to regularly distribute the number of cases of children who contract by school district lines.

“The Shelby County Health Department will continue to expand the information that is reported out to the public, and in particular, its communications with communities and families at risk,” said Shelby County Health Director Alisa Haushalter.

“These amendments ensure that critical information is shared with at-risk individuals so that they can take appropriate action to protect themselves, their families, and their loved ones. Also, these changes to the Health Directive will put us on the path to creating a more uniform approach at the various schools around Shelby County.”

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris said the latest amendments to the Health Directive mean “that when there is any confirmed case at a school, the Shelby County Health Department will work with that school to ensure that those at risk are notified and advised about reducing risk.

“We must ensure that those at risk — parents, families, students, and staff at schools — get the information they need to protect themselves, and receive that information as rapidly as possible.”

Morrow family friends and supporters were in attendance recently at Mt. Pisgah C.M.E. Church in Orange Mound for the infant baptism of Mason Mitchell Morrow conducted by Pastor Willie Ward. (Photo: Tyrone P. Easley)

The Shelby County Health Department this week issued Face Mask Directive No. 2.

READ the details:Face Mask Directive No. 2


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Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: August 25, 2020

Shelby County COVID-19 Cases
Total Shelby County Cases 26,528
New Cases Today 122
Deaths Total 366
Deaths Reported Last 24 Hours 0
Total Tested in Shelby County 246,493
Tennessee Total Cases 144,604
As of 2:00 p.m. 8/24/20
Other Jurisdictions
Tipton County, TN 1,337
Desoto County, MS 4,320
Crittenden County, AR 1,582
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 8/25/20


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.

Below is a graph of cases by specimen collection date (date of testing).


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