Thousands absent. About 3,000 SCS students have not logged into the virtual classes yet.
“We want to play.” Shelby County Schools announced the postponement of fall sports “until further notice,” which drew ire from parents and students who are protesting the decision and calling it unfair.
UM cluster. The health department is monitoring a cluster of cases at the University of Memphis.
Labor Day. The health department is reporting an increase in cases related to the opening of schools and the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Nashville kerfuffle. A now-retracted report from WZTV in Nashville questioned emails between metro officials appearing to hide the number of cases in bars. A Tennesseean fact check says that isn’t what happened.
Tennessee cases. Another Tennessean report said state officials left thousands of cases as “active” long after they weren’t. The state’s massive adjustment on 9/3 had no impact on the reported number of active cases in Shelby County.
CARES relief. Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris has announced a grant program to benefit local restaurants adversely affected by the pandemic.
Vaccine trial. A COVID-19 vaccine trial is underway in Memphis and is in need of more minority participation.
This week. Below are this week’s graphs charting local tests, cases, hospitalizations and deaths related to COVID-19. All data is via the Shelby County Health Department.