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 Tuesday, May 26:
UPDATE: (2:30 p.m.) Governor Tate Reeves gave Mississippi an update on the coronavirus fight in the state.
The number of active hospital numbers has stayed relatively flat, the governor said.
9,401 patients have recovered in Mississippi.
UPDATE: (2:00 p.m.) The Tennessee Department of Health reports 20,965 cases of the coronavirus with 343 deaths and 13,344 patients that have recovered.
4,516 in Shelby County.
UPDATE: (1:30 p.m.) Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson gave a briefing on the state’s effort to combat the coronavirus.
There are 6,180 cases of the coronavirus in the state with 119 deaths and 4,332 patients that have recovered.
Arkansas Secretary of Health Nate Smith is leaving August 28 for a job with the CDC in Atlanta.
UPDATE: (12:18 p.m.) Mississippi health officials are reporting 273 new cases of COVID-19, with 17 new deaths.
The total number of coronavirus cases in the state since March 11 is now 13,731, with 652 deaths.
UPDATE: (12:15 p.m.) Today Shelby County health officials gave an update on the fight against COVID-19 in the community.
SCHD Director Alisa Haushalter said there are 4,531 total cases of COVID-19 in Shelby County.
Over 3,000 people have recovered.
94 people have died, according to Haushalter.
Almost 67,000 people have been tested in Shelby County.
Not all testing sites are at full capacity; about 40 percent testing capacity is being used at some sites.
Anyone with symptoms should get tested, Haushalter said.
People should get tested even without symptoms if they think they have been exposed to the virus.
If you are sick you should stay at home, Haushalter said.
Everyone should continue to practice social distancing.
Anyone who is tested must remain in isolation until the results are back.
If results are positive, that person must stay at home for at least 10 days.
A person must be symptom-free without medication for at least three days.
Haushalter reminded everyone to wash their hands and wear facial coverings.
Close contacts of those who test positive must quarantine for at least 14 days.
Haushalter said transmission continues to occur in households and in the workplace.
Face masks are available at health department locations and libraries.
The health department will not make a recommendation for moving into Phase 3 of Back-to-Business until June 8.
If you travel to a hotspot location, you should self-quarantine when you return, Haushalter said.
Haushalter said it is likely to see an increase in COVID-19 cases in the Fall and winter months.
Testing availability will continue into the Fall, according to Haushalter.
UPDATE: (10:05 a.m.) Shelby County health officials are reporting 4,531 cases of COVID-19 and 94 deaths this morning.
That is an increase of 91 cases and one more death.
66,968 have been tested in Shelby County.
UPDATE: (9:30 a.m.) The Diaper Bank of the Delta is giving out free diapers and personal hygiene products today in Sardis, Mississippi from 10 a.m. to noon.
The giveaway will be at the old Fred’s parking lot located at 401 E. Main St. in Sardis.
A second giveaway will take place this afternoon in Como, Miss. across the street from First Security Bank from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
UPDATE: (6:53 a.m.) A mobile food pantry is taking place in Fayette County today from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Rotary District 6760 has partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank and the Mid-South Food Bank to turn a disaster relief grant into $50,000 worth of bulk food items, according to a press release.
The distribution will take place at Lagoshen Baptist Church, 490 Lagoshen Dr, Moscow, TN 38057.
UPDATE: (5:25 a.m.) Kroger Health is hosting free COVID-19 testing in partnership with Hilton Memphis today through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day, according to a press release.
Testing will be held in the parking lot of Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridgelake Blvd.
People needing a test will use a virtual screening tool based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to see if they are eligible. Those eligible for the testing include healthcare workers, symptomatic individuals and asymptomatic individuals, according to the press release.
You can schedule a test a: http://krogerhealth.com/covidtesting.
From the press release:
Those eligible will then select the Hilton Memphis testing location and appointment time and receive an email confirmation with pre-appointment paperwork.
When the patient arrives for a test, they should have a photo ID ready and leave their windows rolled up for check-in. A health care practitioner will approach the car and alert the patient when to roll down their window.
The drive-thru testing has a self-administered nasal swab that must be ordered and observed by a healthcare provider.
Test results are expected within approximately 48 hours, and Kroger Health expects to administer 250 tests per day, according to the press release.
UPDATE: (5:20 a.m.) Bars in Arkansas can begin reopening today with limited seating capacity.
UPDATE: (4:46 a.m.) Here’s a list of today’s mobile food pantry locations through the Mid-South Food Bank:
Memphis, For the Kingdom 4100 Raleigh Millington 38128, 11 a.m.
Tishomingo Cty, MS- 1701 Paul Edmondson Road 38852 in Iuka, 10 a.m.
Memphis, Friendship MBC 1957 Alcy 38114, 10 a.m.
Lauderdale Cty, TN- First UMC 145 S. Main 38063 in Ripley, 5 p.m.
Fayette Cty, TN- 490 Lagoshen 38057 in Moscow 10 a.m.
UPDATE: (4:40 a.m.) Here are the latest number of COVID-19 cases, by state, for our area:
TENNESSEE: 20,607 cases.
338 deaths. 13,073 recovered.
Shelby County: 4,440 cases. 93 deaths.
ARKANSAS: 6,029 cases.
117 deaths. 4,249 recovered.
Crittenden County: 293 cases. 9 deaths.
MISSISSIPPI: 13,458 cases.
635 deaths. 9,401 presumed recovered.
DeSoto County: 474 cases. 6 deaths.
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