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Limited-service restaurants and bars in Shelby County are back in business this week after a nearly three-month closure. But the latest county health directive requires major changes to their operations, and businesses that don’t follow the guidelines could lose their state liquor licenses.
The nearly 300 positive cases of COVID-19 reported by the Shelby County Health Department on Thursday is the highest daily total in more than a month’s time. Public health officials said they’ll be watching the numbers closely over the next few days.
The Shelby County Health Department said Tuesday they’re looking at easing some restrictions in their latest health directive, but they want to make sure there isn’t a large uptick in virus cases tied to Labor Day first.
Shelby County public health officials said Thursday new cases of COVID-19 are down to roughly 100 a day from highs of 400 a day earlier this summer. But leaders said they’re now seeing higher test positivity rates in the suburbs.
Shelby County Health Department officials reported 110 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. But leaders said though daily numbers have been declining for weeks, there are still some metrics they are concerned about.
More than 300 people at Collierville High School have been told to quarantine by the Shelby County Health Department after eight confirmed cases of COVID-19 were identified by the school district in recent days.
Some limited service restaurants in the county forced to close by the Shelby County Health Department earlier this summer in an effort to battle COVID-19 in our community are reopening as full service restaurants with new licenses.
New CDC guidance about testing for COVID-19 has raised alarm among some in the public health community. But Shelby County officials said Thursday it will not change their approach to recommended testing.
The Shelby County Health Department reports 28 ongoing clusters of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities, with 19 outbreaks that have been resolved. In all, those clusters are responsible for 98 of the county’s 367 deaths due to the virus.
Shelby County Health Department officials announced Tuesday that it is now required that confirmed COVID-19 cases within schools, childcare and learning facilities be reported to the health department.
The Shelby County Health Department is defending its decision to limit information released to the public on COVID-19 cases within schools. But some in the county said the decision is not in the best interests of students or their families, who may be at higher risk.