LIVE UPDATES: Coronavirus in the Mid-South: DeSoto County confirms 13 cases of COVID-19

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 Saturday, March 21

UPDATE: (8:54 p.m.) DeSoto County currently has 13 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to the Mississippi Department of Health.

This is the second-highest number of cases by county in the state, after Hinds County, which has 14 confirmed cases.

UPDATE(5:25 p.m.) A Navy personnel command staff member at the Millington Navy base tested positive for COVID-19, according to an official at the base.

The staff member presented symptoms March 18, was tested for COVID-19 at Baptist East Memorial Hospital and was immediately directed to self-quarantine.

The individual is following medical guidelines of isolation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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UPDATE(4:48 p.m.) MATA will implement temporary social distancing measures on their fixed-route buses, paratransit vehicles and trolley cars starting at midnight tonight.

This protocol is in response to Memphis Mayor Strickland and Shelby County Mayor Harris’s emergency orders.

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UPDATE(4:15 p.m.) Starting Monday, March 23, Kroger Delta Division will adjust store hours for seniors to shop during the first hour of business.

Delta is hiring for immediate store and distribution center openings in the Mid-South area. Applicants can apply online at

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UPDATE: (4 p.m.) Beginning Monday, MLGW will only be accepting drive-thru and drop box payments at its community office locations.

Checks and money orders can be left in drop boxes, but no cash should be left.

The following is a list of MLGW’s community offices:

Downtown (245 S. Main) - Drop box only

South (2935 Lamar Ave. - Drive-thru only

Millington (5131 Navy Rd.) - Both drive-thru and drop box

North (2424 Summer Ave.) - Drop box only

Whitehaven (1111 E. Shelby Dr.) - Drive-thru only

RELATED: MLGW begins restricted access for bill pay at community offices, official says

MLGW has suspended disconnections until further notice.

UPDATE: (2:30 p.m.) The Shelby County Health Director said she anticipates the number of cases to increase in the county.

Most of the county cases have spread from work and family homes.

The testing is now being done within the county, not at state levels.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will enforce the order of all being closed. No one will be arrested, but fines and court dates could happen.

County officials said they will decide further action on a week-to-week basis.

County Commissioners announced the commission meetings will be held online and residents can watch online as well.

This is the first time the county has done this.

UPDATE: (2:15 p.m.) Memphis mayor Jim Strickland previously closed bars, gyms and restaurant dining rooms. The following will additionally be closed as of midnight tonight:

Theaters, cinemas, movie theatres, and indoor and outdoor performance venues, and other similar recreational or entertainment facilities;

and Bowling alley, arcades, indoor climbing facility, indoor skating rink, trampoline park, and other similar recreational or entertainment facilities; and Hookah bars, cigar bars, and vaping lounges offering their products for on-premises consumption.

In addition, on-site consumption of food or beverage within private fraternal, social, golf or country clubs or similar private clubs are prohibited.

RELATED: Memphis mayor orders more businesses to close amid coronavirus concerns

UPDATE: (2 p.m.) The Tennessee Department of Health announced there are now 371 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.

UPDATE: (1:15 p.m) Health officials in Arkansas announced there are now 118 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state.

There are 154 people under investigation.

UPDATE: (12 p.m.) The Arlington Community Schools and the Lakeland School System have suspended meal distribution due to the positive test from an SCS nutritionist.

UPDATE: (11:30 a.m.) An employee at St. Jude Research Hospital who works in patient care has tested positive for COVID-19.

RELATED: St. Jude employee tests positive for COVID-19

UPDATE: (10:30 a.m.) SCS announced they have two corporate partners who will take over meal distribution for the students.

For restaurants, the school district will compile a list of those offering free meals to families and developing a link on their website to blast out on all SCS channels. is the email they’re using to coordinate all offers.

UPDATE: (10:00 a.m.) The Mississippi Dept. of Health announced Saturday morning they are up to 140 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

The new cases include nine in DeSoto, two in Coahoma, one in Lafayette, one in Marshall, one in Panola and one in Tunica counties.

UPDATE: (9:45 a.m.) The Shelby County Health Department released the number of cases confirmed in the county is up to 42 people. That is a 12 person increase from Friday.

There are 60 people being monitored.

UPDATE: (9:30 a.m.) The staff at the Mid-South Foodbank will be packing emergency boxes for distribution to partner agencies from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. today and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow.

MORE: Mid-South Food Bank preparing to provide meals after SCS suspends meal distribution

UPDATE: (8:40 a.m.) Mississippi has 80 cases, Arkansas has 100 cases and Tennessee has 228 cases of the coronavirus. All confirmed.

UPDATE: (6:50 a.m.) Don’t forget Beale Street is still open for business!

To practice social distancing, all the restaurants are offering curbside or to go pickup orders.

UPDATE: (6:45 a.m.) If you filed for unemployment due to #COVID-19, you can check the status of your claim on your dashboard at

UPDATE: (6:30 a.m.) Explore Bike Share announced free bike rentals starting now for 30 days.

“Despite social distancing precautions, which we in Memphis should be abiding by, riding a bike is a safe and reliable form of solo exercise,” said Anton Mack, Explore Bike Share’s executive director. “Especially during this period of unprecedented circumstances, we need to protect and foster our mental and physical health now more than ever.”

Riders are encouraged to practice the CDC guidelines while riding.