When Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland announced the local back-to-business plan on April 27, he identified “flat or decreasing hospitalizations” as one of the keys to move from one phase to the next.
Publisher: The Memphis Business Journal
The decision to start reopening the local economy wasn’t a simple formula, based on a couple of public health data points. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris, and their advisors weighed positivity rates, replication rates, hospital capacity, and a host of other health statistics. As Strickland told the Memphis Business Journal last… Read More
The White House’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again provide multiple criteria — related to symptoms, cases, and hospitals — for localities to meet before beginning to reopen businesses.
Strickland said the reopening decision is not an experiment but acknowledged that its consequences are unknown.
Memphis and Shelby County have decided the first phase of its back-to-business plan will begin Monday, May 4.“As we said at the beginning of this week, our data was trending in the right direction. Along with our doctors, we believe it’s time to slowly start opening our economy back up and get Memphians working again,”… Read More
The news was suddenly bright: An updated model released Monday projected that Tennessee’s hospitals could handle the anticipated rush of COVID-19 patients — with plenty of beds, ICU beds and ventilators to spare.
Dr. Robert Davis (Governor’s Chair and Director of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Center for Biomedical Informatics): “What we’re trying to do is create the infrastructure for innovation in the near-term future. There has been great success over the past couple of years building a fully consented biorepository at the University of Tennessee… Read More
A few Memphis executives have been tapped to organize Tennessee’s response to COVID-19, as the flu-like disease spreads across the U.S. Gov. Bill Lee announced the formation of a Coronavirus Task Force Wednesday, March 4, comprised of top public and private Tennessee health officials, according to a news release. The group will coordinate efforts to… Read More