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 19:
UPDATE: (2:35 p.m.) Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves said the fight is not over.
The governor also announced in-person worship can begin with strict guidelines which can include more worship times, invite medical professionals to get a game plan, continuous deep cleans and more.
More guidelines can be found on their website.
UPDATE: (2:00 p.m.) The Tennessee Department of Health announced there are 18,378 cases of COVID-19 in the stat and 305 deaths.
But over 10,900 patients have recovered.
UPDATE: (1:30 p.m.) Governor Asa Hutchinson said there 4,923 cases of the coronavirus in Arkansas and 102 deaths.
There are 1,082 active cases.
Direct care payments have started to be released to those workers in long-term care facilities in Arkansas.
Hutchinson announced that on June 1, the goal will be to test every staff member and resident in nursing homes for the coronavirus.
“It will better protect our nursing home residents, our staff,” Hutchinson said.
UPDATE: (12:10 p.m.) Shelby County Health Department Director Alisa Haushalter gave an update today on COVID-19 in the community.
Haushalter said we are not out of the pandemic.
Shelby County has 3,877 total cases of COVID-19.
Over 65 percent of those cases have recovered.
88 people have died.
Yesterday, the alternative care facility at the old Commercial Appeal building was dedicated.
This space is a backup hospital for overflow.
Haushalter said we need to continue social distancing as we move into warmer months.
We should also wear masks in public, Haushalter said.
Haushalter encouraged people to get tested.
Anyone experiencing even mild symptoms should get tested.
Healthcare workers, frontline workers and essential employees should be tested.
No recommendation for moving into Phase 3 will be made until June 8.
There are free masks available at health department locations and fire stations from the Governor’s office.
Yesterday the Shelby County Commission approved a resolution proposed by Tami Sawyer that encourages the health department to require the use of masks in public.
Additionally, more funding was approved to expand public health capacity from the CARES act.
141 jobs with the Health Department are open and available for those seeking jobs.
Dr. Bruce Randolph said face coverings and masks are required for employees at businesses.
Masks are encouraged for customers and patrons of any business.
Employees should not be required to work if they are sick.
Employees should be screened when they report to work.
UPDATE: (10:13 a.m.) The Shelby County Health Department is reporting 3,877 cases of COVID-19, 116 more than yesterday.
88 people have died from the virus, 3 more than yesterday.
A total of 54,842 have been tested in Shelby County.
Over 65 percent of Shelby County cases have recovered.
UPDATE: (9:12 a.m.) The Shelby County Health Department has opened up online job applications for multiple positions in a variety of fields.
There are 141 positions available.
UPDATE: (8:28 a.m.) Tunica’s Gold Strike Casino Resort will reopen to the public Monday, according to the casino’s Facebook page.
UPDATE: (6:47 a.m.) Kroger Health has partnered with Hilton Memphis to offer free drive-thru testing for COVID-19.
The testing will take place in the Hilton Memphis parking lot for two weeks.
UPDATE: (5:45 a.m.) A local non-profit is handing out free masks, gloves and other items today in Tunica, Miss.
The giveaway will take place at 10 a.m. at the corner of Old 61 Bypass and Old Mhoon Landing Road for Tunica County residents.
Household items and personal hygiene items will also be given away.
There will also be a special event for teen mothers to receive free car seats, baby wipes, diapers and other baby accessories.
Applications will be given out at 1870 Old Hwy. 61 N., Tunica MS 38676.
UPDATE: (5:33 a.m.) The Memphis Botanic Garden is reopening to the public today.
UPDATE: (5:14 a.m.) Memphis Housing Authority testing locations for today are:
Kefauver Terrace Apartments (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.)
Jefferson Square Apartments (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
UPDATE: (4:48 a.m.) Here’s a list of today’s mobile food pantries through the Mid-South Food Bank:
Memphis, New Mt. Zion "Kid Friendly," 793 Peebles Rd. 38109, 10 a.m.
Memphis, For the Kingdom 4100 Raleigh Millington Rd. 38128, 11 a.m.
Memphis, New Friendship MBC 1957 Alcy 38114, 10 a.m.
Memphis- Association of Holiness Churches 2376 Hernando 38106, 10 a.m.
DeSoto Cty, MS- Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 545 E. Commerce St. in Hernando 38632, 2-4:30 or first 300 families. Pre-register by calling 662-342-3180. Bring driver’s license; no more than 2 households per vehicle. DeSoto County Residents Only.
UPDATE: (4:40 a.m.) Here’s a list of coronavirus cases by state for our area:
TENNESSEE: 18,011 cases. 301 deaths. 9,886 recovered.
Shelby County: 3,761 total cases. 1,223 active cases, 85 deaths.
ARKANSAS: 4,813 cases. 100 deaths. 3,645 recoveries.
Crittenden County: 237 cases, 7 deaths.
MISSISSIPPI: 11,432 cases. 528 deaths. 7,681 presumed recovered.
DeSoto County: 391 cases. 5 deaths.
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