Tennessee is beginning a phased reopening. As we prepare to resume life in this new normal, maintaining social distancing practices will remain essential. Let’s all work together to keep everyone safe as we go back out into the world.

If you wish to be tested for COVID-19, testing is free and available at facilities across the state. Click here to find an assessment site near you.

Reopening Plans

Today, Shelby County businesses are beginning to reopen. I am thankful for the leadership of Mayor Strickland and Mayor Palazzolo to ensure that Memphis and Germantown get back to business safely. To view the Back to Business framework, click here.

To ensure all employees and customers stay safe as businesses reopen, Tennessee’s Economic Recovery Group has released business-specific guidance. You can find the guidelines online at TNPledge.com.

Antibody Testing

Widespread antibody testing is the key to reopening Tennessee safely. An antibody test involves taking a blood sample to detect cells in the body that have previously been exposed to, and fought off, a virus. The FDA has approved several COVID-19 antibody tests. The Department of Health will soon begin antibody testing of 10,000 healthcare workers on the front lines.

If you are interested in taking a COVID-19 antibody test, call your healthcare provider. Antibody testing is also available at the American Esoteric Laboratories patient service center at 2100 Exeter Road in Germantown. Click here to schedule an appointment.

Paycheck Protection Program

If you work for a company with fewer than 500 employees, your employer is eligible for a 100% forgivable federal loan through the Paycheck Protection Program. Since the program ran out of funds, Congress approved $310 billion in new funding to help businesses. Tell your emoployer to apply! For more information, follow this link. The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development hosts two webinars each day to help business owners apply. Join a meeting at this link Monday through Friday at 9am or 3pm CST.

For any other business-related needs, submit a note to Tennessee’s Economic Recovery Group at this link.


The Department of Labor and Workforce Development is working hard to process the record number of unemployment claims in our state. I know this is a difficult time for many families in Cordova, East Memphis, and Germantown. If you or a loved one is having difficulties filing your unemployment claim, please do not hesitate to reach out to me for assistance at sen.brian.kelsey@capitol.tn.gov.

As always, if there is anything I can help with directly, please do not hesitate to reach out.