Tennessee now has 667 confirmed cases of coronavirus including 2 deaths; Shelby County has 135

Shelby County Health Department issues ‘safer-at-home’ order for entire county
Updated: Mar. 24, 2020 at 2:39 PM CDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - There are now 667 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state of Tennessee.

According to the Shelby County Health Department, 135 of those cases are in Shelby County.

So far there have been two deaths in the state of Tennessee but none in Shelby County.

Shelby County coronavirus briefing March 24

Shelby County officials are giving their daily briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted by WMC Action News 5 on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Shelby County has the second-most cases in the state behind Davidson County, which has 183.

Other counties in the Mid-South with confirmed cases include:

  • 2 in Dyer County
  • 2 in Fayette County
  • 6 in Tipton County
  • 23 in DeSoto County, Mississippi
  • 1 to 4 in Crittenden County, Arkansas

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, there are more confirmed cases in the 21 to 30 age range than any others.

  • 0 to 10 -- 9
  • 11 to 20 -- 41
  • 21 to 30 -- 193
  • 31 to 40 -- 126
  • 41 to 50 -- 89
  • 51 to 60 -- 91
  • 61 to 70 -- 65
  • 71 to 80 -- 34
  • 80+ -- 12
  • Unknown -- 7

The mayors of Memphis and the Shelby County municipalities have issued “safer-at-home” orders to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19.

The Shelby County Health Department issued a public health directive Tuesday evening that mirrors the mayors’ orders but applies to the whole county.

Shelby County Health Department Director Alisa Haushalter says public health officials are seeing cases in clusters, directly related to travel and expanding to family, close friends and coworkers -- areas where infected people would’ve had contact with others before showing symptoms.

Haushalter says getting a hold of the spread of the illness at work is essential right now, and that requires action by employees and employers.

“It’s really critical that individuals who are ill not go into the workplace, and it’s more important that employers assure they have workers that are not ill in the workplace. If someone comes to work and they are ill with fever, cough, they should be sent home and not be allowed to be in the workplace.”

Haushalter believes the “safer-at-home” orders will significantly impact the transmission of COVID-19 in the community and in places of work early on.

We’ve created a list of resources for Mid-Southerns impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Read more stories here.

Copyright 2020 WMC. All rights reserved.