SCHD orders restaurants to close if they can’t comply with MLGW advisory

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Shelby County Health Department officials have issued a health directive requiring food and beverage establishments to close until MLGW’s boil water advisory has ended.

Restaurants must close at this time unless they are able to adhere to the boil water advisory.

The clarification on closing came during a news conference with MLGW.

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The boil water advisory went into effect Thursday.

Citizens are asked to boil water for at least three minutes then cool before using it to cook, bathe, etc.

Health officials gave an update Friday at noon on COVID-19-related data in the area.

Over 86,000 cases have been reported in the community.

1,452 people have died, representing 1.7 percent of cases diagnosed.

The reproductive rate is at .76, the lowest it has ever been since the pandemic began, SCHD said.

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That could be due to a lower number of people getting out to get tested this week due to winter weather.

6.9 percent of tests are returning positive.

29,012 people in the county have received second doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, SCHD said.

SCHD Director Alisa Haushalter said inclement weather had an impact on vaccine distribution.

Around 1,400 doses were wasted, Haushalter said.

The majority of the vaccine was used.

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People who had canceled vaccine appointments this week will be automatically rescheduled for next week.

If you have not been contacted, you will be contacted once an appointment is rescheduled.

More available dates and times for vaccines will be posted on shelby.community.