TIMELINE: Mid-South coronavirus updates May 27

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 Wednesday, May 27:

UPDATE: (2:30 p.m.) The Mississippi Governor said every business will be open on June 1 and will be called a “Safe Return Order.”

There will still be health and safety guidelines put in place.

Guidelines include outdoor events of only 100 or less, indoor events of 50 or less (unless social distancing is not easy), school buildings reopening, small businesses reopening, and more.

For more information on all the guidelines, visit these websites.




The state needs to start recovering from the economic crisis.

UPDATE: (2:00 p.m.) The Tennessee Department of Health said there are 21,306 cases of the coronavirus in the state with 353 deaths and 13,916 patients who have recovered.

UPDATE: (1:30 p.m.) The governor of Arkansas gave a press briefing Wednesday afternoon.

There are 6,277 cases of COVID-19 with 120 deaths and 1,733 are active cases.

UPDATE: (11:17 a.m.) Church Health announced it is hosting free COVID-19 testing this Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Testing will take place at St. Michael Catholic Church, 3863 Summer Ave., Memphis TN 38122.

Individuals are encouraged to make an appointment by calling Church Health at 901-272-0003. An ID and contact information are required for participation.

Anyone can get tested, regardless of symptoms.

The Mid-South Food Bank will provide food to those who get tested.

UPDATE: (11:10 p.m.) Mississippi Department of Health reports there are 14,044 cases of the coronavirus and 670 deaths.

UPDATE: (10:58 a.m.) A new date has been announced for the 2020 Cooper-Young Festival.

The Festival will be held on Oct. 31.

Read the full story here.

UPDATE: (10:00 a.m.) The Shelby County Health Department reports 4,581 confirmed cases of the virus and 102 deaths. with 3,125 patients recovered.

UPDATE: (9:34 a.m.) The Living For Christ Restoration House Emergency Shelter will be giving back to the homeless community Saturday.

The shelter will be giving out cash and gift cards, buying groceries, helping people with gas and haircuts, paying for prescriptions and more, according to a press release.

A photo ID is required.

The giveaway will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3095 Thomas St., Memphis.

UPDATE: (5:22 a.m.) Memphis’ Immaculate Conception Cathedral announced the closure of its high school due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Read the full story here.

UPDATE: (4:46 a.m.) Here’s a list of today’s mobile food pantry locations through the Mid-South Food Bank:

Memphis, Idlewild Pres. Church 1750 Union 38104, 9 a.m.

Memphis, Cane Creek 1785 Elvis Presley Blvd 38116, 10 a.m.

Memphis, MAM-Leawood, 3638 Macon 38122, 10 a.m.

Memphis, Eastside Community Church, 1503 Colonial 38117, 10 a.m.

Panola Cty, MS- St. Peter’s Church, 433 Fondren 38666 in Sardis, 10 a.m.

UPDATE: (4:40 a.m.) Here are the latest number of COVID-19 cases, by state, for our area:

TENNESSEE: 20,965 cases.

343 deaths. 13,344 recovered.

Shelby County: 4,531 cases. 94 deaths.

ARKANSAS: 6,180 cases.

119 deaths. 4,332 recovered.

Crittenden County: 297 cases. 9 deaths.

MISSISSIPPI: 13,731 cases.

652 deaths. 9,401 presumed recovered.

DeSoto County: 485 cases. 6 deaths.