Shelby County closing in on tripwires that may trigger more COVID-19 restrictions

WATCH: Shelby County slowly closing in on tripwires that may trigger restrictions

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — “We must mask up. Not so we can do more,” said Shelby County Health Officer Dr. Bruce Randolph. “At this stage, we must mask up so we can remain open.”

As COVID-19 cases continue to climb around the Mid-South, Shelby County is slowly closing in on tripwires that may trigger renewed restrictions.

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“We’re trying to find a way to remain open as much as possible, but yet we have to protect all of our citizens,” said Randolph.

The health department has pointed to tripwires like a seven-day average of 450 new COVID cases per day.

As of Thursday morning, the county’s average was more than 442.

Another tripwire we are hovering around is a 1.4% reproductive rate for the virus. We are currently at 1.2%.

“A healthy community is a community that also will thrive economically. They’re tied in. If we’re able to control the virus,” said Randolph.

Health leaders say businesses that may see changes because of rising cases include restaurants and gyms.

“The numbers are going up. the pandemic is still here. We must do our part,” said Randolph.

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