Press Releases

Daily Updates | March 30, 2020

Monday, 30 March, 2020
Court appearances for out-of-custody defendants canceled for April

4:30 pm CST –  District Attorney General Amy Weirich announces all out-of custody court dates in April have been canceled. Read more >>

Gov. lee issues safer at home order for state

3:08 pm CSTTennessee Governor Bill Lee has issued a statewide “Safer at Home” executive order, urging people to stay home and stay apart, as well as, ordering the closure of businesses that cannot safely operate. Read more >>

Memphis Mayor limits access to public parks

3:00 pm CST – Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland today announced that the city will limit access to the city’s 100+ parks in an effort to further enforce social distancing guidance through the Safer at Home order aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19. Read more >>

SBA REleases Paycheck Protection Program FAQ

11:50 am CST – The Small Business Administration released information on the Paycheck Protection Program to Memphis area businesses. Read it here >>

Number of confirmed covid-19 cases rises to 379 in shelby county

10:00 am CST – There are 379 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Shelby County, and that number includes one death. There are a total of 1,537 confirmed cases in Tennessee. Read more >>

Shelby County Health Dept Releases new guidance on masks

8:00 am CSTSurgical masks are proven to reduce the transmission of infection. Masks serve two functions. First not transmitting infection to others and, second, not becoming infected with an infection. In general, masks should be used in public by those who are ill and caregivers of persons with a respiratory illness.

During a pandemic with sustained community transmission, masks should also be worn by individuals who are elderly, have multiple medical problems or have a weak immune system. At present there is no clear strong evidence for the general public to wear a mask, however, given widespread transmission of COVID-19, the general public may consider using a mask (when available) or a facial covering.

All individuals should practice hand hygiene and maintain a distance of six feet to reduce the risk of infection. Masks may serve as additional protection when combined with other preventive measures. Read more >>

New Webinar: COVID-19 Employer Impact Q&A Session | Hosted by Adams Keegan

7:00 am CST – The Greater Memphis Chamber announced a new interactive Q&A session is available to all Chamber members and will address the most up to date, available legislative and employer relations decision points regarding:

1. Understanding the importance of Employer vocabulary and messaging

2. How the TN Partial Unemployment Benefit works

3. Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) – Effective April 1

4. Evaluating your options current health insurance eligibility & COBRA

5. Evaluating the impact of the CARES Act

6. Forecasting the talent management opportunities and unintended consequences of Employers’ actions in these times.

You are encouraged to email questions in advance and we will do our best to address as many as possible.
Register here >>


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