Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Active Virus Cases Rise by Nearly 1,000 in a Week

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2020 at 11:12 AM


New virus case numbers rose by 301 over the last 24 hours, putting the total of all positive cases in Shelby County since March at 36,793.

Total current active cases of the virus — the number people known to have COVID-19 in the county — rose to 2,952. The figure rose above 2,000 just last week. The figure had been as low as 1,299 last month. The new active case count represents 8 percent of all cases of the virus reported here since March.

The Shelby County Health Department reported that 2,925 tests were given in the last 24 hours. Tests here now total 541,919.

The latest weekly positivity rate surged more than 1 percent from the week before.The average rate of positive tests for the week of October 11th was 7.3 percent. That's up over the 6 percent rate recorded for the week of October 4th. The new weekly average rate is the highest since mid-August, just as cases began to fall from a mid-July spike that had a weekly average positive rate of 12.7 percent.

Total deaths rose by three in the last 24 hours and now stand at 563. The average age of those who have died here is 73, according to the health department. The age of the youngest COVID-19 death was 13. The oldest to die from the virus here was 100.

There are 7,687 contacts in quarantine.

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Monday, October 26, 2020

All Virus Numbers Continue to Rise

Posted By on Mon, Oct 26, 2020 at 11:57 AM



New virus case numbers rose by 404 over the last 24 hours, putting the total of all positive cases in Shelby County since March at 36,492.

Total current active cases of the virus rose to 2,751. The figure rose above 2,000 just last week. The figure had been as low as 1,299 last month. The new active case count represents 7.5 percent of all cases of the virus reported here since March.

The Shelby County Health Department reported that tests here now total 538,994.

The latest weekly positivity rate surged more than 1 percent from the week before.The average rate of positive tests for the week of October 11th was 7.3 percent. That's up over the 6 percent rate recorded for the week of October 4th.

The new weekly average rate is the highest since mid-August, just as cases began to fall from a mid-July spike that had a weekly average positive rate of 12.7 percent.

Total deaths now stand at 563. The average age of those who have died here is 73, according to the health department. The age of the youngest COVID-19 death was 13. The oldest to die from the virus here was 100.

There are 7,660 contacts in quarantine.

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Friday, October 23, 2020

Murders and Aggravated Assaults Rise as Burglaries Fall

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 1:00 PM

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The University of Memphis Public Safety Institute (PSI) and the Memphis Shelby County Crime Commission released preliminary crime figures from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI).  The figures cover crimes committed between January and September and reflect significant changes between the months of April to September.

In the first quarter of 2020 major violent crime had been trending downward with a drop of 5.2 percent when compared to the first quarter of 2019. A chief cause of the fall was a decline in reported robberies and aggravated assaults. Despite the initial fall major violent crime rose by 17.6 percent by the end of the third quarter of 2020.

The increase in major violent crime is directly tied to the significant increase in murders throughout Memphis. Murders were up 62.7 percent in the city of Memphis and 55.1 percent countywide. Aggravated assaults were up 27.2 percent in the city of Memphis and 26.6 percent throughout the county. In both instances, the victims were most likely to know each other.

The report also found that during the COVID-19 months of April to September, the number of reported robberies fell, continuing a three-year streak of downward decline. September marked a 14.7 percent drop in random robberies in the city and a 15.5 percent drop throughout Shelby County. Since 2016 reported robberies have plummeted nearly 35 percent citywide.

Property crime was also heavily affected during the COVID-19 months of April to September. Throughout Memphis, property crime fell 12.2 percent and in the county was down 11.7 percent. Notably, the burglary rate was down 27.5 percent in the city of Memphis and 26.3 percent countrywide. The joint PSI and Shelby County Crime Commission report acknowledged that the lowered property crime numbers are possibly due to the number of people at home during the day due to the COVID-19 pandemic acting as a potential deterrent to would-be burglars.

Since 2016 the number of burglaries in and around Memphis have continued to fall. In 2016 there were 6,832 burglaries during the first three quarters of the year. Today the number stands at 4,055, which represents a 40.5 percent drop in reported burglaries.

Bill Gibbons, the president of the Crime Commission and executive director of the PSI stated that while the rise in murders and aggravated assaults mirror a nationwide increase in violent crime.

“The increases in murders and aggravated assaults are occurring in cities across the country during the pandemic. We are not alone. Many of these crimes involve perpetrators and victims who know each other, which probably reflects the increased stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, we can be encouraged by continuing and consistent declines in robberies and burglaries. While still a problem, the chances of being a random victim of a robbery or burglary are down considerably.”

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Weekly Virus Positivity Rate Returns to August Levels

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 10:51 AM


New virus case numbers rose by 208 over the last 24 hours, putting the total of all positive cases in Shelby County since March at 35,487.

Total current active cases of the virus rose to 2,274. The figure rose above 2,000 earlier this week, the first time the active case count has been that high in many weeks. The figure had been as allow as 1,299 last month. The new active case count represents 6.4 percent of all cases of the virus reported here since March.

The Shelby County Health Department reported that 2,235 tests were given in the last 24 hours. Tests here now total 524,230.

The latest weekly positivity rate surged more than 1 percent from the week before.The average rate of positive tests for the week of October 11th was 7.3 percent. That's up over the 6 percent rate recorded for the week of October 4th. The new weekly average rate is the highest since mid-August, just as cases began to fall from a mid-July spike that had a weekly average positive rate of 12.7 percent.

Four new deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours. Total deaths now stand at 560. The average age of those who have died here is 74, according to the health department. The age of the youngest COVID-19 death was 13. The oldest to die from the virus here was 100.

There are 7,451 contacts in quarantine.

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Change Was in the Cards for Memphis Tarot Readers

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 10:05 AM

Erin Larivee (left) and Emily Guenther read tarot cards for clients in person at South Main's The Broom Closet and online. - TOBY SELLS
  • Toby Sells
  • Erin Larivee (left) and Emily Guenther read tarot cards for clients in person at South Main's The Broom Closet and online.

Change was coming. It was in the cards.

Emily Guenther and Erin Larivee saw that change in their cards last fall, one card specifically.

“The Tower Card is one of the change cards but it’s my least favorite,” said Guenther. “It’s a big change; it’s disruption. It’s your life being turned upside down. It’s the rug being pulled from under you. And, a lot of times, there’s no preparation for any of this.”

Guenther owns The Broom Closet, a metaphysical shop and spiritual supply store on South Main. There, she reads tarot cards for clients under the name Reverend Omma. Larivee reads at the shop, too and is considered a hedgewalker, a spiritual term for someone who easily walks between the physical world and the one beyond the veil.

Both of them said they began seeing the Tower Card appear for more clients more often last fall. Back then, Guenther was even walking through her tarot class through an exercise on picking their card of the year. She picked the Tower Card.

“I’m having meltdown in front of the class, like, oh my god, this is going to be the worst year of my life forever,” Guenther said. “Little did I know it was for everybody.”

While there are many professional agencies advocating for tarot readers, like the American Tarot Association and the National Tarot Readers Association, none of them offered any trend information related to readings and the coronavirus. Then again, it may be difficult to extract and report upon personal data from private readings.

Just like much else, COVID-19 has pushed once face-to-face tarot readings into the digital world. Guenther said she resisted at first, “I wanted you to touch my cards. That’s how I was going to read your energy.” She relented and said a virtual reading “doesn’t interfere with the messages and the ability to give a good reading.”

“It’s not about being in the same space,” Larivee said, noting she’s done readings on Zoom and Skype for years. “Sharing energy is sharing energy. It’s not about being in the same space.”

No tarot reader could have really predicted COVID-19, said Guenther and Larivee; readings just don’t work that way. Tarot is ”like a picture in time,” Guenther said. While readings can show where things are headed, “it’s not set in stone,” she said, and they can help clients pick a path.

Unstable times did not produce an uptick in overall clients, both readers said. That is, questions and uncertainty about the global pandemic did not send many more people seeking answers or stability in a tarot reading.
But the global situation has made for some consistent messaging in many readings, as people worldwide deal with the same issue. People worry about their lives in the context of the world-changing pandemic, Larivee said. From many of those readings, she said a common theme has emerged: “normal is never going to be normal again.”

Erin Larivee and Emily Guenther read tarot cards for clients in person at South Main's The Broom Closet and online. Above, Larivee reveals the change-gonna-come Tower Card. - TOBY SELLS
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  • Erin Larivee and Emily Guenther read tarot cards for clients in person at South Main's The Broom Closet and online. Above, Larivee reveals the change-gonna-come Tower Card.

“Someday we will have something normal but something’s going to change,” Larivee said. “We may not be living with a mask, I don’t [perceive] that. But normal is changing. I’m getting that very frequently.”

Guenther joked that many seek a tarot reading to answer questions primarily about two things: love and money. Since COVID-19, they’ve seen people turn to them for a third reason.

“I think tarot reading is a bit like therapy and counseling,” Guenther said. “So, I feel like a lot of it is just people needing someone to talk to that they haven’t already been talking at for a few weeks now.”

There’s another trend both Guenther, Larivee, and others are seeing in their cards, or not seeing.

“I’m seeing [the Tower Card] less frequently,” Larivee said. “A lot of the members of the community that I know personally and professionally have been noticing the exact same pattern,” Larivee said. “That’s been consistent nationally and globally.”
Guenther, too.

“I’ve notice I’ve stopped seeing it quite as much, which gives me a little bit of hope,” she said.

What’s in the cards for you? Book a tarot reading with Guenther, Larivee, and other readers at The Broom Closet website. The Broom Closet, 546 S. Main St.

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

New Virus Cases Rise by 202

Posted By on Thu, Oct 22, 2020 at 1:29 PM


New virus case numbers rose by 202 over the last 24 hours, putting the total of all positive cases in Shelby County since March at 35,279.

The higher daily figure tracks the fall surge in cases warned by Shelby County Health Department officials last week. Data reported Wednesday morning all point to an ongoing surge of virus cases here.

Total current active cases of the virus rose to 2,269. The figure rose above 2,000 Tuesday, the first time the active case count has been that high in many weeks. The figure had been as allow as 1,299 last month. The new active case count represents 6.3 percent of all cases of the virus reported here since March.

The Shelby County Health Department reported that 2,809 tests were given in the last 24 hours. Tests here now total 521,995.

The latest weekly positivity rate rose slightly from the week before.The average rate of positive tests for the week of October 4th was 5.9 percent, up from the 5.2 percent rate recorded for the week of September 27th. While it rose, the new rate is one of the lowest recorded her since the virus arrived in March.

No new deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours. Total deaths now stand at 556. The average age of those who have died here is 73, according to the health department. The age of the youngest COVID-19 death was 13. The oldest to die from the virus here was 100.

There are 7,332 contacts in quarantine.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

State Releases COVID-19 Vaccine Plan

Posted By on Wed, Oct 21, 2020 at 3:20 PM

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The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) released its plan Wednesday to distribute COVID-19 vaccines across the state once they are available.

Here's how state officials will distribute vaccines here once they are available:


• 5 percent will be distributed equitably among all 95 counties

• 10 percent will be used in targeted areas with high vulnerability to illness and death from the virus

• 85 percent will be distributed among all 95 counties based on their populations

“We assure Tennesseans that safe, effective, and approved COVID-19 vaccines will be released in Tennessee when they are available to reduce the spread of the virus,” TDOH Commissioner Lisa Piercey said in a statement. “Our vaccine distribution plan will be modified as more is understood about the virus and the availability of approved vaccines currently in development.”

The plan is modeled on recommendations from the CDC and the National Academies of Science in consultation with Tennessee’s Unified Command Group and a stakeholder group of more than 28 partner agencies and offices.

The agency is now working to recruit hospitals, pharmacies, clinics, and others capable of storing vaccine and administering it to priority populations.

Some of the plan was formed from the state's response to a hepatitis A outbreak here from December 2017 to May 2020. The response included six strike teams deployed across the state that administered 230,000 doses of a vaccine.
"Challenges included individual concerns regarding the vaccine itself and mistrust of the government, the hiring and supervision of large numbers of contracted workers, coordination of efforts and communication with metro jurisdictions that are not under the umbrella of TDH, and the need for sustained public communication around this prolonged outbreak," reads the plan.

The plan also pointed to the success of the 2018 Fight Flu TN effort that informed the current COVID-19 response plan. That aim of that effort was "to build robust and trusted community partnerships, vaccination plans, trained staff, and ability to operate autonomously in the face of worldwide pandemic."

In December 2018, the Fight Flu plan added 115 vaccine dispensing points, all but two of them were open to the public. The others were opened only for special populations, the plan said. In one day, nearly 1,200 staff administered nearly 4,500 vaccines across all of Tennessee's 95 counties. The next year, Fight Flu had 175 dispensaries and administered 9,666 doses of the vaccine.

This same Fight Flu infrastructure will reopen on November 19th in all counties. This year will be a sort of dry run for COVID-19 vaccine preparedness.

"All our local health departments have already developed plans that have been tailored to accommodate the realities of our current COVID-19 response," reads the plan. "In addition, community healthcare partners, universities, and others will be engaged in this one day preparedness event that will move the needle on COVID-19 vaccine preparedness."

Read the state's full plan here:

 

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Total Virus Cases Top 35,000 in Shelby County

Posted By on Wed, Oct 21, 2020 at 10:31 AM

New virus case numbers rose by 227 over the last 24 hours, putting the total of all positive cases in Shelby County since March at 35,077.

The higher daily figure tracks the fall surge in cases warned by Shelby County Health Department officials last week. Data reported Wednesday morning all point to an ongoing surge of virus cases here.

Total current active cases of the virus rose to 2,217. The figure rose above 2,000 Tuesday, the first time the active case count has been that high in many weeks. The figure had been as allow as 1,299 last month. The new active case count represents 6.3 percent of all cases of the virus reported here since March.

The Shelby County Health Department reported that 1,994 tests were given in the last 24 hours. Tests here now total 519,186.

The latest weekly positivity rate rose slightly from the week before.The average rate of positive tests for the week of October 4th was 5.9 percent, up from the 5.2 percent rate recorded for the week of September 27th. While it rose, the new rate is one of the lowest recorded her since the virus arrived in March.

Two new deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours. Total deaths now stand at 553. The average age of those who have died here is 73, according to the health department. The age of the youngest COVID-19 death was 13. The oldest to die from the virus here was 100.

There are 7,217 contacts in quarantine.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Active Virus Cases Rise Above 2,000 As Surge Continues

Posted By on Tue, Oct 20, 2020 at 10:27 AM



New virus case numbers rose by 342 over the last 24 hours, putting the total of all positive cases in Shelby County since March at 34,850.

The higher daily figure tracks the fall surge in cases warned by Shelby County Health Department officials last week. Data reported Tuesday morning all point to an ongoing surge of virus cases here.

To visualize the data and the trend, have look at the seven-day rolling average heading back up in this chart:

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Total current active cases of the virus rose to 2,203. The new figure is the first time the active case count has been above 2,000 in many weeks. the figure had been as allow as 1,299 last month. The new active case count represents 6.3 percent of all cases of the virus reported here since March.

The Shelby County Health Department reported that 5,592 tests were given in the last 24 hours. Tests here now total 517,192.

The latest weekly positivity rate rose slightly from the week before. The average rate of positive tests for the week of October 4th was 5.9 percent, up from the 5.2 percent rate recorded for the week of September 27th. While it rose, the new rate is one of the lowest recorded her since the virus arrived in March.

One new death was recorded in the last 24 hours. Total deaths now stand at 554. The average age of those who have died here is 73, according to the health department. The age of the youngest COVID-19 death was 13. The oldest to die from the virus here was 100.

There are 7,140 contacts in quarantine.

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Three Charged In COVID-19 Fraud Scheme

Posted By on Tue, Oct 20, 2020 at 8:37 AM

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Three people employed by a Memphis tax firm were charged this week in a $1.1-million fraud scheme taking money from a COVID-19 relief fund.

The charges were unsealed Monday by U.S. Attorney Michael Dunavant. They claim that Brandy D. Scaife, 42; Janisha L. Jones, 22; and Sharika L. Carpenter, 42; of Better Days Tax Service committed wire fraud and conspiracy.

The charges claim that between April 2020 and June 2020, the three defrauded the Small Business Administration in excess of $1 million. The scheme resulted in 401 fraudulently filed applications seeking Economic Injury Disaster loans for those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Numerous applications were submitted using false information. These false loan applications netted the three about $1.1 million.

If convicted, each defendant faces up to 30 years in federal prison. There is no parole in the federal system.

"Protection of the United States Treasury is a top priority for the Department of Justice, and our office is absolutely committed to bringing to justice those who would seek to take unfair advantage of critical government resources through fraud during this challenging and uncertain time of the COVID-19 pandemic," Dunavant said.

The Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, and the Small Business Administration Office of Inspector General investigated this case.

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Monday, October 19, 2020

New Higher Daily Virus Count Tracks Fall Surge

Posted By on Mon, Oct 19, 2020 at 10:44 AM



New virus case numbers rose by 287 over the last 24 hours, putting the total of all positive cases in Shelby County since March at 34,508. The higher daily figure tracks the fall surge in cases warned by Shelby County Health Department officials last week.

Total current active cases of the virus rose to 1,961. The new active case count represents 5.7 percent of all cases of the virus reported here since March.

Tests here now total 511,600.

The latest weekly positivity rate rose slightly from the week before. The average rate of positive tests for the week of October 4th was 5.9 percent, up from the 5.2 percent rate recorded for the week of September 27th.

While it rose, the new rate is one of the lowest recorded her since the virus arrived in March. Two new deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours.

Total deaths now stand at 553. The median age of those who have died here is 74, according to the health department. The age of the youngest COVID-19 death was 13. The oldest to die from the virus here was 100.

There are 7,109 contacts in quarantine.
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Friday, October 16, 2020

Front Street Near Convention Center to Reopen to Traffic

Posted By on Fri, Oct 16, 2020 at 2:30 PM

Downtown commuters, rejoice! In a press release earlier this afternoon, Memphis Travel released details on reopening the Front Street corridor by the Renasant Convention Center to through-traffic.

Drivers and pedestrians can once again move all the way down Front Street starting at 4:30 a.m. on Monday, October 19th. The section of Main St. in front of the East side of the building will remain closed until Wednesday, October 28th.

Road closures due to construction work on the $200 million modernization project have been in effect since October 2019. 

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The "Tower Project" Would Bring New High Rise to the Pinch

Posted By on Fri, Oct 16, 2020 at 2:12 PM

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A new, 30-to-45 story tower is proposed for the Pinch District in an $180 million project that would re-shape the city’s skyline.

Memphis City Council members are set to hear a proposal from The Tower Group Project on Tuesday. The group’s new project, called “The Tower Project,” is a thin, glass, high-rise building to be built on vacant property in the Pinch.

The property for the project is now owned by the city. The group will ask the council’s approval to buy it and get other approvals necessary to develop it.

The Tower would feature about 85 independently owned condominiums, a “chic style” hotel called The Beckford, 20,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, a rooftop lounge, “high tech sky conference rooms, a state-of-the-art, interior tourist lobby/plaza, and all of that would be centered on a subterranean interior parking structure." 

“The Tower Project will invigorate the Pinch District and remain within the city’s current
planning dynamics,” reads a letter to the council from The Tower Group Project. “We will also provide additional housing diversity that complements the eclectic make-up of the area.

The project will create both construction and longterm employment opportunities. This development will also encourage use of multimodal transportation options and activate the streetscape and river side area.”

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The structure will be engineered and designed by the HOK architectural firm, with that group’s Miami office serving as the lead. The project’s lead architect will be Kennieth Richardson, a native Memphian who now lives in Miami. The group’s letter says Richardson has “previously designed, coordinated, and built 40 percent of the modern towers in Downtown Miami.”

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The Beckford Hotel will face Main Street, and will consist of seven to 10 floors of The Tower Project. A quick Google did not yield any results for other Beckford Hotel-branded properties. The letter says, “the Beckford Hotel is our luxury hotel brand for the Tower High Rise building project.” It was not immediately clear if the Beckford brand is new for The Tower Project but the proposal letter describes it a a new, luxury five-star hotel.”

”Residents and visitors alike will be drawn to the project by the glass tower anchoring the city and river view as well as the skyline of the tower,” reads the letter. “Locals and tourists will be encouraged to explore the commercial and public spaces by the unobstructed glazed building and architectural accent lighting.

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“Entry to the hotel facility along N. Main St. will be harmonious but yet strikingly distinguishable from the commercial and condominium entries.”

The project is slated to create 300 construction jobs. The hotel will bring 55 full-time employees. Overall, the project would create 65-125 “total living wage jobs with annual incomes ranging from $35,000-$180,000,” according to the proposal.

If the team can get the land and approvals, construction would begin on or before October 2021. The project would take 30 months to complete.

The proposal is slated to be heard during the council’s executive session at the end of Tuesday’s committee hearings.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Arkansas Marijuana Sales Top $163M

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Total COVID-19 Tests Top 500,000 in Shelby County

Posted By on Fri, Oct 16, 2020 at 10:56 AM


New virus case numbers rose by 250 over the last 24 hours, putting the total of all positive cases in Shelby County since March at 33,960. The higher daily figure tracks the fall surge in cases warned by Shelby County Health Department officials earlier this week.

Total current active cases of the virus fell slightly to 1,825. The new active case count represents 5.4 percent of all cases of the virus reported here since March.

The Shelby County Health Department said 2,693 tests were given in the last 24 hours. Total tests here now total 501,667.

The latest weekly positivity rate rose slightly from the week before. The average rate of positive tests for the week of October 4th was 5.9 percent, up from the 5.2 percent rate recorded for the week of September 27th. While it rose, the new rate is one of the lowest recorded her since the virus arrived in March.

Two new deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours. Total deaths now stand at 546. The median age of those who have died here is 74, according to the health department. The age of the youngest COVID-19 death was 13. The oldest to die from the virus here was 100.

There are 6,925 contacts in quarantine.

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