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 12:
UPDATE: (6:55 p.m.) An employee at a senior living facility in Olive Branch has tested positive for COVID-19.
in a press release, Olive Grove Terrace said the employee last worked at the facility Wednesday, May 6, and their wellness check that day showed no signs or symptoms. The employee developed symptoms while off work and was tested on May 8 by a community hospital. The positive results were received today.
All residents in assisted living have been placed on in-room quarantine and are now being checked every 4 hours during waking hours for symptoms. As of today all residents and employees at the community are symptom-free.
“We are doing everything we can to ensure we stop the spread of this within our facility. Our staff and residents are following the recommended preventative actions including N95 masks while in the building and gloves when in resident rooms,” said Patricia Cokingtin, Senior Vice President of Americare. “As of March 13, we restricted visitors from entering our facility, and cancelled all group activities until the virus has been eradicated.”
UPDATE: (6:25 p.m.) Gibson’s Donuts will reopen Friday, May 15 starting at 5 a.m.
Owner Don DeWeese told FOX13 they will only be open for takeout right now.
UPDATE: (3:00 p.m.) The Governor of Tennesse signed executive order 36 is an extension of many other executive orders that includes telehealth, working from home, extending deadlines to get car tags and licenses and more.
Gov. Bill Lee said he is extending testing to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The governor also has met with the state’s stimulus group to decide where the money will go from the federal government.
The state is working with Nashville, Chattanooga, Memphis and Knoxville to provide additional testing sites that will be staffed by National Guardsman, directly in the urban housing populations.
Also, there will be additional resources at these sites for people that pertain to unemployment, daycares, etc.
UPDATE: (2:30 p.m.) Governor Tate Reeves of Mississippi gives an update on how the state is flattening the curve.
The governor signed an executive order for seven Mississippi counties for stricter guidelines due to the number of cases in each county. There are no counties in our area under stricter guidelines.
UPDATE: (2:00 p.m.) The Tennessee Department of Health reported that there are 16,111 cases of the coronavirus in the state and 264 deaths.
More than 8,300 patients have recovered from the virus.
UPDATE: (1:30 p.m.) Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas updated the state on how they plan to keep you safe from COVID-19.
There are 4,164 cases of the coronavirus in the state with 95 deaths and 849 are currently active cases.
Out of the 121 news cases, 100 comes from the community and 21 of those are inmates. The majority of the cases come from St. Francis County.
Arkansas has received the drug for COVID-19 patients, Remdesivir. There is enough for 50 patients.
UPDATE: (12:11 p.m.) The Shelby County COVID-19 Joint Task Force gave an update today on the continued fight against the coronavirus.
The Shelby County Health Department Director, Dr. Alisa Haushalter, said over 43,000 people have been tested.
3,421 people have tested positive. As of this morning, 72 people have died.
Nearly 2,000 people have recovered, which is close to 57 percent of cases, Haushalter said.
Shelby County has a 2.1 percent death rate.
The average age of death is in the mid-70s; it’s important to protect seniors and those with chronic illnesses.
Haushalter said the county has closed out 80 percent of contact investigations and is continuing to work on virus clusters in nursing homes.
Health department employees are not routinely tested; symptomatic workers are referred for testing.
Haushalter said antibody testing has a high false-positive rate.
While people have antibodies, that doesn’t mean that they are immune.
It is a misconception that because we have antibodies we are ready to go back into the workplace, according to Haushalter.
Jenny Bartlett-Prescott, Chief Operating Officer at Church Health, said the organization is working to make sure testing is widespread and equally available.
Last week, testing was opened to frontline workers who are asymptomatic.
7,800 tests are available per week. The county is using about 60 percent of those, Bartlett-Prescott said.
People are encouraged to get tested no matter how mild their symptoms are.
Community test sites are free; you will not be given a bill or asked for payment.
Bartlett-Prescott said drop-by testing with no appointment is being increased, and a task force is working to expand both weekend and evening testing.
Linda Phillips, Administrator of the Shelby County Election Commission, said elections are coming up Aug. 6 and in November.
Under Tennessee law, in order to vote by mail you must have a valid reason.
If you are older than 60, you are automatically allowed to vote by mail.
You can visit shelbyvote.com to print off a one-page form for a ballot.
Ballots will be mailed July 7.
Proper social distancing will be in place at all polling stations.
Poll workers will have PPE.
UPDATE: (10:03 a.m.) The Shelby County Health Department is reporting 3,421 cases of COVID-19 today.
72 people have died due to the virus, 5 more since yesterday.
A total of 43,906 people have been tested in Shelby County.
UPDATE: (9:56 a.m.) The Association of Independent Holiness Churches and The Mid-South Food Bank will provide a drive-thru food distribution next Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The mobile pantry will be at All Denominations Christian Church, 2376 Hernando Rd., Memphis, TN 38106.
UPDATE: (9:53 a.m.) The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded Arkansas over $8 million in coronavirus relief to assist low-income families with energy costs, according to a press release.
The Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment will receive $8,206,119 from HHS’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
UPDATE: (9:15 a.m.) The Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration today announced that revenues for April were less than the monthly revenues from last year.
April revenues were $693.8 million less than the state had budgeted, according to a press release.
UPDATE: (6:40 a.m.) Southwest Tennessee Community College is hosting a curbside cap and tassel pick-up today at its Union Avenue and Macon Cove campuses from 9 a.m. to noon.
The college’s Spring 2020 commencement will be held online this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic.
UPDATE: (5:05 a.m.) The Tennessee National Air Guard will take flight today to honor medical professionals across the state.
C-17 and KC-135 aircraft will soar through the skies to honor these frontline workers.
UPDATE: 4(4:40 a.m.) Kroger Health and the University of Memphis have extended testing to continue this week.
Free testing will be held today through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Testing will be held on the University of Memphis campus at the Central Avenue parking lot next to the Holiday Inn.
UPDATE: (4:37 a.m.) Here is a list of today’s mobile food pantries through the Mid-South Food Bank:
Haywood Cty, TN- Brownsville Baptist 5 N. Wilson 38017, 9 a.m.
Memphis, Street Ministries 430 Vance 38126, 10 a.m.
Memphis, New Friendship MBC 1957 Alcy 38114, 10 a.m.
Panola Cty, MS- Cistern Hill MB Church 16786 Hwy 310 in Como 38619, noon
Memphis, For the Kingdom 4100 Raleigh-Millington Rd. 38128, 11 a.m.
Memphis, Red Zone 2590 Park 38114, 10 a.m.
UPDATE: (4:33 a.m.) Here are the latest number of COVID-19 cases by state for our area:
251 deaths. 8,038 recovered.
Shelby County has 3,315 cases and 67 deaths.
94 deaths. 3,149 recovered.
Crittenden County has 210 cases and 7 deaths.
435 deaths. 6,2681 presumed recovered.
DeSoto County has 336 cases and 5 deaths.
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