New health directive provides eviction and school guidance

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris and the Shelby County Health Department issued a new coronavirus directive.

Directive Number 14 provides eviction and school opening and closing guidance.

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FOX13 has compiled a list of some of the new rules.

Lessors of Residential Properties:

Property owners, landlords, or their hired agents must distribute the following notice concurrently with the service of process of a Forcible Entry and Detainer Action (or Summons & Complaint) to any individual against whom an FED or other eviction action is filed. This safety measure helps to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19 that could be associated with the eviction process.

The notice must state: “If you or anyone in your household are currently quarantined or are in isolation due to COVID-19 and are unable to secure housing at this time, please notify the Shelby County Health Department by calling 901-222-MASK (which is 901-222-6275) or by faxing the information to 901-222-8249. Temporary housing support may be available.”

Schools, School Systems, Colleges and Universities:

Through their governing boards and presidents, retain sole responsibility in making decisions on providing instruction to their students while protecting the health and safety of their students, faculty, and staff. Nothing in this Directive should be construed to stipulate or require campuses to reopen. In all cases, colleges and universities should consult the guidance issued by OSHA, the CDC, and the State of Tennessee as well as considerations outlined by the American College of Health Association.

When there is the occurrence of a single confirmed COVID-19 infection at elementary and secondary schools, childcare facilities, or other in-person learning facilities, the leadership of the learning facility shall contact and coordinate with the Department to identify parents, students, and staff who are risk. Once identified, schools should notify parents, students, and staff who are at risk within 12 hours. Further, updates to parents, students, and staff at risk should be provided by schools, at a minimum, on a weekly basis. In the updates, schools and other in-person learning facilities shall include information on mitigating actions implemented to prevent or reduce the risk of transmission, including if normal operations in the buildings or facility will be altered.

To read more of the safety measures, visit the Shelby County Health Department website.

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