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 Thursday, April 30:
UPDATE: (4:20 p.m.) The Tennessee Department of Health released the latest coronavirus numbers in the state today.
There are now 10,735 cases, 199 deaths, 1045 hospitalizations, and 5338 recoveries.
177,626 Tennesseans have also been tested.
UPDATE: (3:55 p.m.) During his daily briefing today, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves said that casinos in the state could be open within the next couple weeks.
“We are hopeful that we are very close to developing a plan,” Reeves said. “I am confident that by Memorial Day weekend, we will have some of our facilities open. It’s not going to be open in exactly the way it was when they closed, and I think they know that and they’re comfortable with that.”
Reeves said that casinos will still have to follow social distancing guidelines, so it won’t be business as usual.
UPDATE: (2:11 p.m.) The Arkansas governor said that gyms and fitness centers will be able to start reopening on May 4.
The number of cases is now at 3,255 and 59 deaths.
The total number of cases recovered is at more than 1,300.
UPDATE: (12:30 p.m.) Shelby County will begin the first phase of reopening businesses on Monday, according to a press release from the City of Memphis.
UPDATE: (11:43 a.m.) Mississippi health officials are reporting 246 new cases of COVID-19 and 11 new deaths.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in the state since March 11 is now 6,815, with 261 deaths.
UPDATE: (11:38 a.m.) Officers from the Arkansas Highway Police are distributing 10,000 face masks to commercial truck drivers at weigh stations and rest areas across the state, according to a press release from the Arkansas Department of Transportation.
This is part of a coordinated effort with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to distribute one million protective masks to law enforcement agencies throughout the country to give to commercial truckers.
UPDATE: (11:30 a.m.) According to a Twitter post from the Mississippi Highway Patrol, free COVID-19 testing is taking place in Batesville today at the Aaron E. Henry Community Health Services Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
No appointment is required, and you do not have to have any symptoms.
The Center is located at 200 US-51, Batesville, MS 38606.
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UPDATE: (10:06 a.m.) The Shelby County Health Department has reported 2,484 cases of COVID-19 and one more death today.
The number of deaths is now 47.
The total number of people tested in Shelby County is 28,124.
UPDATE: (9:53 a.m.) The number of unemployment claims across the Mid-South was down last week, according to data reports.
UPDATE: (9:38 a.m.) Arkansas health officials are reporting a total of 2,310 cases of COVID-19 this morning.
There have been no new deaths in the state as of this morning.
UPDATE: (8:17 a.m.) The University of Mississippi announced it is working on plans to resume in-person classes at all campuses.
Ole Miss will notify students about plans for Fall classes no later than June 30, according to the school’s website.
University Housing will also announce an appointment-based system for students to get belongings out of their dorms.
UPDATE: (5:21 a.m.) You can get free gas today through a giveaway happening at one Memphis gas station.
The Marathon gas station at 2637 James Rd., Memphis 38127 will be giving away free gas today beginning at 10 a.m., thanks to Golden Gate Cathedral church.
UPDATE: (4:45 a.m.) The Mid-South Food Bank will distribute food today at the following mobile pantry locations:
Memphis, Douglass Redevelopment Corp. 3131 Chelsea 38108, 10 a.m.
Memphis, YMCA-Cordova 7950 Club Center Cove 38016, 10 a.m.
McNairy Cty, TN- 877 W. Cherry 38375 in Selmer 10 a.m.
Memphis, New Direction, 6120 Winchester 38115, 11 a.m.
Memphis, Iglesia Nueva Vida, 4945 Winchester 38118, 10 a.m.
Obion Cty, TN- Second Baptist 831 Everett 38261 in Union City 10 a.m.
Dyer Cty, TN- 296 James Rice Rd. 38024 in Dyersburg 11 a.m.
Memphis, Hillcrest High School 4184 Graceland Dr. 38116, 10 a.m.
UPDATE: (4:35 a.m.) Below are the current number of cases and deaths, by state, for our area:
Tennessee 10,366 - 195 deaths.
2,403 cases in Shelby County. 46 deaths in Shelby County.
Mississippi 6,569 - 250 deaths.
3,413 estimated recovered.
277 cases in DeSoto County. 4 deaths in DeSoto County.
Arkansas 3,207 - 59 deaths.
181 cases in Crittenden County. 5 deaths in Crittenden County.