Mayor: Clarifications on COVID testing, updates on economic recovery, and Thank-You’s

From Mayor Jim Strickland:

Yesterday, I talked about our testing sites and how there will be more of them starting tomorrow. There seems to be a bit of confusion regarding who can and can’t get tested at this point.

As it stands right now, we are testing only those individuals who are presenting symptoms of the virus (i.e. running a fever, cough, body aches, etc.). In the future and as our supply of tests increase, it is our goal to be able to test asymptomatic patients; however, we are not there yet.

Thank you to MicroPort Orthopedics

I want to publicly thank and acknowledge MicroPort Orthopedics for donating 100,000 Surgical Masks to the City of Memphis to support our frontline workers.

The generosity of our community never ceases to amaze me. We are facing unprecedented times, and each day, more and more are stepping up to help. Thank you again, MicroPort Orthopedics for your donation and for your partnership as we work to get through this.

Economic Recovery

I also told you yesterday about how we’re working with the Governor and his team and have formed our own local group to focus on our road to economic recovery. In collaboration with those two groups, we announced today the mayors of the four major metro areas of our state—Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga—are also working collectively to get our cities moving again.

This group is composed of appointees from each city, including a mix of business leaders and health care professionals. As we look to reopen businesses, we will listen to medical experts and evaluate economic conditions to develop recommendations and public health protocols for reopening. ​These recommendations will focus on the factors that indicate ​when​ businesses are safe to reopen; ​how​ businesses should be smoothly phased in; and ​the specific requirements​ for safe business operations.

The only way we will get through this crisis is by working as a team.  It will take that same teamwork to revive our economy and get Memphians back into the workforce and our city thriving once again.  I look forward to partnering with the Governor and the other major cities to get back on track.

Our City of Memphis Employees

It goes without saying, the debt of gratitude owed to our first responders is one that we can never fully repay. At every turn, our members of the Memphis Police and Memphis Fire Departments have risen to the occasion and answered the call to serve, and I know as things worsen they will continue to do so.

There’s another group of City employees who deserve to be recognized and thanked for their dedication to their city and its citizens. Thank you to our library and parks staff for helping to serve thousands of meals to students and needy families and for helping the Shelby County Health Department with contact tracing of potentially exposed people. Thank you to our solid waste staff for continuing the much-needed service of keeping our city clean. And, thank you to our code enforcement officers for helping to ensure businesses are complying with our Safer at Home Order.

Time and time again, our City employees have stepped up and been willing to help in whatever way they can.

From a very grateful and proud mayor, thank you for your service to your city.  

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