COVID-19 vs. Memphians: The 901 shows its true colors during the pandemic

When the coronavirus first erupted amongst humans mid-November 2019, no one thought it would reach Memphis, let alone become a global health pandemic. Though we should’ve expected it would reach the 901. Tourism is fantastic here. There’s great food, people and music. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of this? Memphis should have remained Tennessee’s best kept secret, and just maybe the ‘rona wouldn’t want anything to do with us.

Nevertheless, the virus is here… trying to take over our city. NOT. SO. FAST.

There are several in Shelby County fighting COVID-19 one-on-one, and of course, we’re rooting for your strength! That son of a gun within you doesn’t stand a chance. As for the rest of us, we’re practicing social distancing, accepting the LDR (long-distance relationship) model for our close relationships in efforts to protect loved ones. Video chats, Facebook Lives and Netflix watch parties are quickly becoming the new way to socialize. Many businesses are also facing the hard choices of how to operate (those that remain) during the various city- and county-wide mandates in effect. A phrase that is the positive impact of reducing transmission and the negative impact of crumbling economy seem inseparable.

While tensions and restrictions rise during this pandemic, so do superheros.


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Have no fear, the Rona Defender is here!

Here to wipe to you down and diminish the spread of COVID-19. You may have seen him in public places around the Bluff City. This masked hero may have saved lives and we don’t even know it! From head to toe, he’s decorated in papier hygienique, wipes, spray, even dispensing hand sanitizer to those in his path!

Music producer and CEO Timbaland even featured the Memphis-made hero on his IG!


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🤷🏾‍♂️our culture 🙌🏽😂😂

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#TogetherApart through song.


Hoping to spread happiness during this intensifying pandemic, 7-year-old Lailee wrote this song for America. She says, “if Donald J.Trump heard her song he might let her be President for the day! #us #TogetherApart #covid19 #socialdistancing”

On another musical high note featuring fitness, interior designer, jewelry maker and zumba instructor, David Quarles IV, hosts his first zumba virtual class with 69 attendees!


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Showing love to those on the front lines of this pandemic.

(1) Courtesy: Saint Francis Healthcare
(2) Courtesy: Saint Francis Healthcare
(3) Courtesy: Saint Francis Healthcare










Elwood’s Shack donated breakfast to the Emergency Department Staff at Saint Francis Bartlett Tuesday Morning.

Valerie Burrow, of Saint Francis Healthcare, shared these photos with us saying, “the spread included hot biscuits with bacon and eggs and coffee. Our staff was thrilled and so grateful.”

In these tough and unprecedented times, there’s a lot of love going around.

Continue to connect communities through URLs and not IRL. Hang in there gang. This pandemic will end.