MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The impact of the novel coronavirus is being felt all across the Mid-South where new cases are being announced every day and new steps are being taken to help limit the spread. Keep checking back for the latest COVID-19 updates throughout the day.
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Below are the latest updates for Sunday, March 29
UPDATE: (9:15 p.m.) Fifty-nine additional residents at the Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation & Healing have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s COVID-19 Unified Command on Sunday night. Also, 33 staff tested positive and are isolated at home. Two people have now died.
UPDATE: (8:40 P.M.) According to the Arkansas Department of Health, 449 people have now tested positive for COVID-19 in the state.
UPDATE: (5:29 p.m.) President Trump has announced the social distancing guidelines are extended through April 30; he predicts a spike in coronavirus cases.
UPDATE: (5:05 p.m.) The Salvation Army and the Mid-South Foodbank is hosting a drive-thru food pantry for Shelby County residents.
When: Monday, March 30 and Monday, April 6, at 11 a.m.
Location: The Salvation Army Memphis’ Kroc Center on East Parkway South in Midtown
UPDATE: (3:10 P.M.) The City of Memphis and Shelby County Joint COVID Task Force has recommended that masks should be used in public by those who are ill and caregivers of persons with a respiratory illness. Masks should also be worn by individuals who are elderly, have multiple medical problems or have a weak immune system. The Task Force said masks serve two functions. First not transmitting infection to others and, second, not becoming infected with an infection.
UPDATE: (2 p.m.) The state of Tennessee released that there are now 1,537 cases of COVID-19 in the state with 7 deaths.
UPDATE: (1:30 p.m.) Arkansas Asa Hutchinson held his daily press conference to provide an update on how the state of combating the coronavirus.
The state has 426 coronavirus cases and 43 hospitalizations.
The governor said they have not seen an acceleration in the number of cases in the state.
The death toll is up to six, older than 65.
Ther numbers are broken down into 69 are due to domestic travel, 43 are in nursing homes, 16 are on ventilators, 28 have recovered and 67 are healthcare workers.
The health director wants people to be mindful when going to the grocery store and keeping the social-distancing.
UPDATE: (1 p.m.) The Memphis VA has changed the location to screen all patients and employees before entering the building.
The patient screening will be done at tents staged in the small parking lot adjacent to the Emergency Department.
The VA said it was changed to provide an improved entry screening process and will allow for greater access, efficiency, and isolation as needed.
UPDATE: (10:30 a.m.) The Arkansas Department of Health says there are 421 cases of the coronavirus in the state, a 12 person increase since Saturday night.
Crittenden County has 17.
UPDATE: (10:25 a.m.) The Shelby County Health Department says there are 362 cases of COVID-19 in the county.
There are been a total of 3,715 people tested within the county for the virus with most being ages 21 to 30, the health department said.
UPDATE: (10 a.m.) The Mississippi Department of Health announced there are now 758 cases of COVID-19 in the state, with DeSoto County at 71.
This is a 95 person increase within the state.
There are now 14 deaths.
UPDATE: (6:20 a.m.) Here is a recap of Saturday’s numbers across the world and the Mid-South.
World: 678,420 cases of the coronavirus with 31,700 deaths and over 145,000 people recovered.
U.S.: 124,686 cases of the coronavirus with 2,191 deaths and over 2,600 people recovered.
Tennessee: 1,373 cases with six deaths. Shelby County has its first fatality.
Mississippi: 663 cases with 13 deaths. DeSoto County has its first fatality.
Arkansas: 409 cases with five deaths.