TIMELINE: Mid-South coronavirus updates April 27

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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 Monday, April 27:

UPDATE: (10:10 p.m.) According to the Arkansas Department of Health, there are now 3,069 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.

1,053 people have recovered from the virus, and 51 people have died.

UPDATE: (6:20 p.m.) DeSoto County officials have reopened the county buildings to the public with guidelines:

  • The Desoto County Administration Building reopened to the public today. Occupancy must be kept below 50 percent
  • Not all county offices are open to the public. Offices that are closed have drop boxes outside office doors.
  • Some county departments require members of the public to wear a mask.
  • Social distancing must be maintained while inside county buildings.
  • People who are ill are asked to stay home.
  • Human Resources requests job applicants email a scan of their application to hr@desotocountyms.gov or fax the application to: 662-469-8266.
  • The DeSoto County Courthouse is open. Contact your attorney or the court administrator for information on access in regards to your case.
  • Chancery Operations: Offices are open but public access is restricted. Drop boxes are in place. People can call 662-469-8398 for information on making credit card payments.
  • Vehicle Registration & Property Tax: Drop boxes are located at each of the three Tax Collector office. To maintain social distancing, only three people will be allowed in each lobby at one time.

UPDATE: (3:00 p.m.) Governor Bill Lee of Tennessee has opened restaurants at 50 percent capacity today and will open retail stores at 50 percent capacity on Wednesday.

The state plans to resume elective procedures in the next week or two.

All healthcare facilities that do elective procedures must report to the state health department with certain information, that way supplies can still be saved if a surge happens.

Hospitals and surgical centers must follow certain guidelines before starting elective surgeries again and there are more guidelines after the surgeries begin again.

There are certain businesses that will not get to reopen this week.

The governor has frozen certain hires at the state level to help with the economic crisis.

The state has tested over 150,000 people in the state.

UPDATE: (2:30 p.m.) Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves gives an update on the state’s new order that started at 8 a.m.

This new order is for individuals to do the right thing for the next days and weeks.

There are 71 people ventilated and 142 people in the ICU due to the coronavirus

The state health department said you can now be tested for the virus if you have any type of system for the coronavirus.

The governor said they have seen the need to be tested, decline, over the last week or so.

UPDATE: (2:05 p.m.) The Tennessee Department of Health said there are 9,918 cases of the virus in the state and 184 deaths.

UPDATE: (1:10 p.m.) Two local highs schools released plans for graduations for the class of 2020.

Brighton High School will be splitting up the class so every student can still have a ceremony.

Covington High School is doing the same.

UPDATE: (12:15 p.m.) During the Shelby County COVID-19 Joint Task Force briefing Monday, mayors from Bartlett, Germantown, Collierville, Millington, Lakeland and Arlington joined Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris to unveil their “Back to Business” plan for reopening.

Strickland said reopening depends on these key factors: the number of new cases is stable or declining for 14 days, hospitals can treat all patients and testing and treatment are able to contain the virus.

The reopening will be done through a phased approach and constantly monitored and adjusted.

Strickland said reopening depends on these key factors: the number of new cases is stable or declining for 14 days, hospitals can treat all patients and testing and treatment are able to contain the virus.

The reopening will be done through a phased approach and constantly monitored and adjusted.

Memphis’ safer-at-home order is still in effect.

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UPDATE: (11:40 a.m.) Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said 465 people were tested at the drive-thru testing site in Frayser this past Saturday.

More than 7,000 Tennesseans were tested this weekend, regardless of symptoms, at the state’s expanded testing sites.

UPDATE: (11:07 a.m.) The Mt. Zion MBC in Piperton, Tenn. will host a MIFA food giveaway tomorrow, according to the press release.

The food giveaway will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 300 Mt. Zion Rd., Piperton, TN 38037.

This is the first time an event of this magnitude will take place in Piperton, according to the press release.

UPDATE: (10:17 a.m.) Mississippi health officials are reporting 183 new cases of COVID-19 today, with two new deaths.

The total number of cases in the state cases since March 11 is now 6,094, with 229 deaths.

UPDATE: (10:03 a.m.) Shelby County health officials are reporting a total of 2,320 cases this morning and 45 total deaths.

25,299 people have been tested in the county.

The death rate is 1.9 percent, according to health officials.

UPDATE: (9:40 a.m.) A local church has partnered with a Marathon gas station to offer Memphians free gas this Thursday.


UPDATE: (7:40 a.m.) FOX13 spoke with Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland about when the city might begin to reopen.

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UPDATE: (6:25 a.m.) Kroger Health has partnered with Cherokee Health Systems to host free COVID-19 drive-thru testing, according to a press release.

The testing will take place tomorrow through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Parkway Village, 4095 American Way, Memphis.

UPDATE: (5:16 a.m.) Women’s Health Care Associates in Arlington will begin COVID-19 serology testing today, according to a press release.

Serology tests are blood-based tests that detect antibodies. The tests can identify whether a person has had COVID-19 in the past.

Testing is $60 for sample collection and processing, according to the press release.

Patients must call 901.383.7446 to make an appointment by leaving their name and number.

UPDATE: (5:04 a.m.) Some businesses across Mississippi will begin reopening today.

Gov. Tate Reeves said businesses like retail stores can reopen but are required to operate at 50 percent capacity.

Some healthcare facilities, like dentist’s offices, can open under local health department guidelines.

Theaters, gyms, salons, bars, tattoo parlors and casinos must remain closed.

Employers must monitor employees for any COVID-19 symptoms and send them home if they are sick.

Some businesses across Mississippi will begin reopening today

UPDATE: (4:45 a.m.) The Mid-South Food Bank will distribute food today at the following mobile pantry locations:

Memphis, Riverside Baptist Church 3560 S. Third St. 38109, 10 a.m.

Fayette County, TN- 300 Mt. Zion Rd. 38017 in Piperton 11 a.m.

Tate County, MS- Second Baptist 716 Forest Circle 38618 in Coldwater 10 a.m.

Memphis, Kroc Center 800 East Parkway 38104, 10 a.m.

Hardeman Cty, TN- 760 McTizic 38008 in Bolivar 10 a.m.

Dyer Cty, TN- 1140 W. Main St. 38059 in Newbern 10 a.m.

UPDATE: (4:35 a.m.) Below are the current number of cases and deaths, by state, for our area:

Tennessee 9,667 - 181 deaths.

31 cases in Dyer County, 52 cases in Fayette County, 2,296 cases in Shelby County, 94 cases in Tipton County.

45 deaths in Shelby County.

4,467 recovered in Tennessee.

Mississippi 5,911 - 227 deaths.

56 cases in Coahoma County, 264 cases in DeSoto County, 88 cases in Lafayette County, 41 cases in Marshall County, 37 cases in Panola County, 38 cases in Tate County, 35 cases in Tunica County.

4 deaths in DeSoto County.

Arkansas 3,001 - 50 deaths.

171 cases in Crittenden County. 5 deaths in Crittenden County.

107,045 recovered in Arkansas.