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.
Below are the latest updates for Tuesday, April 14:
UPDATE: (9:50 p.m.) According to GolfDigest, the PGA is expected to announce they will resume the rest of the golf season.
The first tournament is expected to be on June 11-14 at the Charles Schwab Challenge.
Fans are not expected to be allowed at that tournament.
GolfDigest reported WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational will be moved to July 30- Aug 2.
Click for GolfDigest’s article.
UPDATE: (8:55 p.m.) Rhodes College announced the spring graduation ceremony is postponed.
The graduation was originally scheduled for May 16. There will be a virtual celebration of the Class of 2020 on that Saturday.
A new date for the ceremony will be announced on a later date.
UPDATE: (8:25 p.m.) The Tennessee Department of Health will begin operating testing locations across the state. Anyone will be able to get tested. There is no cost for testing and no appointments are not necessary. Testing locations have not been announced.
UPDATE: (5:00 p.m.) The state of Tennessee has extended the closures of all 56 state parks.
Officials at the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation continue to monitor health and safety guidance related to COVID-19.
“We are grateful for the cooperation and understanding of Tennesseans during this difficult period,” said Jim Bryson, deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. “We are extending closure of the parks in the interest of safety for everyone.”
UPDATE: (2:40 p.m.) The Tennessee Department of Health said there are now 5,823 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 124 deaths.
UPDATE: (2:30 p.m.) Mississippi schools will be closed for the rest of the semester, but that does not mean the governor wants the learning to stop.
During a news conference today, Gov. Tate Reeves announces that Mississippi schools will only have distance learning. All school buildings will remain closed. A decision that the Arkansas Governor also made earlier this month.
The Tennessee Governor has still not made the call.
Schools will also be asked to submit plans for summer and early fall classes, but the governor said that this will not be a mandate for everyone.
The governor said that the state is taking into consideration families who do not have access to the equipment or materials, such as high-speed internet and web cameras, needed for distance learning.
The state will also make sure the seniors are prepared for graduation.
If summer learning is needed for any student, it will be available. District superintendents will make those decisions based on the individual needs of the districts themselves.
The Mississippi Health Department has given over 37,000 coronavirus tests.
UPDATE: (1:30 p.m.) The governor of Arkansas held his daily update on how the state plans to combat COVID-19.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the state has 1,498 cases of COVID-19 and two new deaths, making the total to 32.
There are 81 people in the hospital and 444 who have recovered from the virus.
The health department said there have been just over 200 healthcare workers who have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The governor said they have reduced the number of recreational travelers that come from out of state to Arkansas, which has helped to reduce the spread.
The state has added messages to the message boards at the entrances into Arkansas to remind travelers there is no out of state lodging for them.
The medical advisory board has begun to think of ways for the long term goals of combatting the virus and ways to keep Arkansians safe.
The state has issued an executive order for first responders and healthcare workers to file worker’s compensation if they contract COVID-19.
Also, he filed another executive order to make certain that healthcare workers aren’t held liable for care when someone has the coronavirus.
He said there are no new cases at Cummins Unit and the Arkansas Community Correctional Facility.
The governor spoke with AG William Barr about the Federal Prison in Forrest City. Barr said he is confident in the medical staff at the prison for combatting the outbreak at the prison and will continue to keep the governor and state updated.
Prisons make up 10 percent of the total confirmed cases in the state.
103 state staff members are working on contact tracing, specifically at the prisons.
The Department of Corrections is no longer letting in-person visitations until June 1, reduced the costs of video and phone calls, limiting the number of movements in the prison and provided masks to staff and inmates.
UPDATE: (1:25 p.m.) Shelby County Sherrif Floyd Bonner has a message for all the students within the county:
UPDATE: (12:00 p.m.) The Shelby County Commissioners will be voting to set aside about $2 million for COVID-19 relief in the county, according to Mayor Lee Harris.
In addition, other organizations are continuing to help across the Mid-South. The YMCA will open five locations for childcare for those essential workers who need it.
While many businesses and services across the area have stopped, the county wants to make sure residents of Shelby County know there are services still operating within the division of community services that include housing, mortgage help, safe home placement and more.
On the state level, Tennessee has opened up funds for up to two months for families who need help during this pandemic. Those who want to know if they qualify for assistance can visit the city’s website, here.
Shelby County is working with nonprofits who have lost significant funds during this difficult time and officials are encouraging people to continue to donate if you can.
If you wish to contribute or need more information about the COVID-19 response fund, call 901-728-4600.
Shelby County represents 24 percent of the state’s confirmed cases of the coronavirus. To help put this into perspective, Shelby County represents the largest county in the state, however, Nashville is the largest metro area.
Shelby County continues to provide updates numbers on testing and they said 14,429 people have been tested in the county.
Yesterday it was announced that the old Commerical Appeal will be used as a temporary hospital, and the lease is expected to be signed by the end of the week.
It was reiterated that the Gateway Shopping Center is not the main focus of a potential surge site. It is just a backup.
Harris stated he plans to renew his “Safer at Home” executive order on Friday.
UPDATE: (10:14 a.m.) The state of Mississippi saw the biggest one-day increase in coronavirus deaths, according to recent numbers released.
Mississippi health officials reported 145 new cases and 13 more deaths related to COVID-19.
The total number of cases is now 3,087 with 111 total deaths.
Governor Tate Reeves also spoke to FOX News on the coronavirus this morning.
Gov. Reeves said he was going to continue to work with the White House about reopening the economy.
He stressed that they share a goal and understand the State of Mississippi and the US have not only a public health crisis but also an economic crisis. According to Governor Reeves, the long-term economic impact is going to lead to mental health issues. For context, 90,000 people have filed for unemployment in the last three weeks in Mississippi.
UPDATE: (10:12 a.m.) WalMart has announced it is expanding the availability of its pickup service, which will now be available beginning at 7 a.m.
The new policy will be in effect at select locations (2,400 stores) to serve the most at-risk customers, according to a press release.
Each day the 7 – 8 a.m. hour will be reserved for customers over the age of 60, as well as first responders, customers with disabilities and anyone designated high-risk by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
UPDATE: (10:02 a.m.) Shelby County health officials are reporting 1,351 cases of COVID-19 as of this morning.
30 people have died in Shelby County due to the coronavirus.
UPDATE: (9:04 a.m.) Arkansas health officials have reported a total of 1,480 cases of COVID-19 in the state this morning.
No new deaths have been reported.
UPDATE: (8:33 a.m.) FOX13 spoke with Senator Katrina Robinson, who is also a registered nurse.
Robinson is working in an ICU in New York City during the coronavirus pandemic.
Robinson said she brought supplies with her, including masks and gowns, and is sharing supplies with healthcare workers in the inner city due to shortages.
Watch the full interview below:
UPDATE: (7:52 a.m.) A second MATA employee has tested positive for COVID-19, according to an official press release.
The employee is a bus operator.
UPDATE: (6 a.m.) The Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County will host a virtual trivia night tonight at 7 p.m.
Question categories include Elvis, sports and dog trivia.
Paypal or Venmo the Humane Society $5 for your team to enter.
Be sure to include your email address in the notes of the payment, and you will receive an email from the Humane Society with a link to the trivia game after payment is receieved.
UPDATE: (4:55 a.m.) The Mid-South Food Bank will be giving away through its Mobile Pantry today at the following locations:
Memphis, YMCA-Hickory Hill 3910 Ridgeway 10 a.m.
Memphis, Street Ministries 1304 N. Graham 10 a.m.
Memphis, Anointed Temple of Praise 3939 Riverdale 10 a.m.
UPDATE: (4:30 a.m.) Below are the latest number of cases by state for our area:
Tennessee 5,610 - 109 deaths.
22 cases in Dyer County. 1,331 cases in Shelby County. 50 cases in Tipton County. 36 cases in Fayette County.
28 deaths in Shelby County.
Mississippi 2,942 - 98 deaths.
38 cases in Coahoma County. 178 cases in DeSoto County. 30 cases in Lafayette County. 34 cases in Marshall County. 23 cases in Panola County. 24 cases in Tate County. 44 cases in Tippah County. 21 cases in Tunica County.
Arkansas 1,475 - 30 deaths.
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