Mayor Jim Strickland confirms MPD employee tests positive for COVID-19 after declaring civil emergency

Updated: Mar. 20, 2020 at 8:17 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland held a press conference Friday morning after declaring a civil emergency for the Bluff City.

During the conference, Strickland revealed a Memphis Police Department employee tested positive for the coronavirus.

Mayor Jim Strickland speaks about civil emergency

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is speaking after issuing a civil emergency, shutting down bars, gyms and restaurant dining rooms.

Posted by WMC Action News 5 on Friday, March 20, 2020

The employee is one of ten people who have confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Shelby County.

As we see signs of community transmission in Shelby County of COVID-19, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland declared a civil emergency.

So what does this all mean?

The most immediate results of the emergency declaration include the closure of all bars, restaurants and gyms. Strickland is also asking all churches to put services online.

All of this went into effect at midnight.

Bars and restaurants have to be closed to dine-in customers, but they are allowed to offer delivery and curbside service.

Downtown has already bagged several parking meters to be designated for customers picking up food.

Still, some restaurants said they’ve had to lay-off much of their staff because of the uncertainty surrounding this.

Strickland said his heart goes out to everyone that this order impacts and said his office will do anything within its power to give them needed resources.

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris also declared an emergency, opening up the opportunity to have federal funds sent here to help.

These declarations of emergencies come as the number of COVID-19 cases in the state and county has grown now that there is more access to testing.

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