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 Friday, May 22:
UPDATE: (2:20 p.m.) The Tennessee Department of Health released the latest numbers for coronavirus cases in the state.
There are now 19,394 cases, 315 deaths, 1560 hospitalizations, and 12,566 recoveries.
7587 people were tested for coronavirus yesterday, bringing the number of tests done in the state to 368,170.
UPDATE: (12:15 p.m.) Shelby County leaders gave an update today on the continued fight against COVID-19 as we head into the holiday weekend.
Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris said the expansion of the Health Department has been approved by the Commission.
An investment of nearly $2.3 million was also approved this week for the Health Department.
141 new employees will be hired to help combat COVID-19 in the county.
Interested applicants can apply at shelbycountytn.gov.
Harris said we must not forget inmates in prison at this time; efforts are being made to continue to expand testing in these facilities.
There will be a testing surge at 201 Poplar and the prison at Shelby Farms on June 8.
Inmates and staff will be tested over several days.
There is limited access to visiting prisons right now.
SCHD Investigation Supervisor Lloyd Kimble said contact tracers must pay attention to detail and have the ability to talk to strangers on the phone.
Those interested in being a contact tracer can apply through the Shelby County website.
Chief of Epidemiology David Sweat said almost 60,000 people have been tested in the county.
The positivity rate is 6.9 percent.
Almost 69 percent of people have recovered from the virus.
2,815 people have recovered in Shelby County, Sweat said.
28.8 percent of the total cases are still active.
7,105 contacts have been identified, and over 2,300 people are currently in quarantine.
Each positive case is, on average, creating one additional case, Sweat said.
Earlier this week there was a spike in cases caused by household clusters within families.
We must be careful going into the holiday weekend.
People should wash their hands, wear facial coverings and practice social distancing.
Vulnerable people should stay home.
UPDATE: (11:18 a.m.) Today MSDH is reporting 402 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, with 16 new deaths. The total of coronavirus cases since March 11 is now 12,624, with 596 deaths.
UPDATE: (10:05 a.m.) The Shelby County Health Department is reporting a total of 4,083 cases of COVID-19.
91 people have died and 59,367 have been tested.
UPDATE: (8:43 a.m.) Discount retailer Burlington Stores announced its locations across Memphis will reopen today.
Customers will be welcome backed with a 50-percent-off sale throughout the entire store.
UPDATE: (8:20 a.m.) The Oak Court Mall is hosting a blood drive through Vitalant today.
Blood donations have significantly decreased amid the coronavirus pandemic.
UPDATE: (8:08 a.m.) Mississippi has announced guidelines for team sports activities this summer amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The guidelines will begin June 1 and last for summer 2020 only.
UPDATE: (7:30 a.m.) The North Mississippi Baptist Education Convention has partnered with the Mid-South Food Bank to host a drive-thru mobile food pantry today.
The food pantry will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the New Hope MB Church, 1407 Church Rd. E., Southaven, MS 38671.
Photo ID is required and no more than two families per vehicle are allowed.
UPDATE: (7:26 a.m.) The Tennessee Department of Human Services is hosting an online resource fair for job seekers today at 11 a.m.
UPDATE: (7:02 a.m.) The brand-new Mississippi Terrace outdoor lounge will open at Big Cypress Lodge at Memphis’ Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid today.
The lounge is 7,000 square feet and overlooks the Mississippi River, according to a press release.
Guests can relax and enjoy the outdoors while responsibly social distancing in a spacious setting.
UPDATE: (7:00 a.m.) LA Fitness announced its Tennessee locations will reopen June 1.
UPDATE: (6:21 a.m.) St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will host a free virtual prom for teens tonight beginning at 7 p.m.
UPDATE: (5:36 a.m.) The Tennessee Department of Human Services has expanded its free child care program for essential workers.
UPDATE: (5:26 a.m.) Recreational swimming pools across Arkansas can begin reopening today.
UPDATE: (4:48 a.m.) Here’s a list of today’s mobile food pantries through the Mid-South Food Bank:
Memphis, School Seed "Kid Friendly", 320 Joubert 38109, 2 p.m.
Memphis, Northaven Elementary, 5157 North Circle 38127, 11 a.m.
Memphis, Iglesia Nueva Vida, 7981 Summer 38133, 9 a.m.
Memphis, Our Hands to Yours, 2960 Kimball 38111, 11 a.m.
Memphis, PowerHouse, 1350 Norris 38106, 10 a.m.
Memphis, White Station Church of Christ 1106 Colonial 38117, 10 a.m.
DeSoto Cty, MS- New Hope Church, 1407 Church Road in Southaven 38671, 10 a.m.
Prentiss Cty, MS- AgriCenter, 2301 N. 2nd St. in Booneville 38829, 10 a.m.
Crittenden Cty, AR- 101 South 13th St. in West Memphis 72303, 10 a.m.
UPDATE: (4:40 a.m.) Here’s a list of coronavirus cases by state for our area:
TENNESSEE: 18,961 cases. 313 deaths. 12,191 recovered.
Shelby County: 4,034 total cases. 1,229 active cases, 91 deaths.
ARKANSAS: 5,458 cases. 110 deaths. 3,915 recoveries.
Crittenden County: 267 cases, 8 deaths.
MISSISSIPPI: 12,222 cases. 580 deaths. 7,681 presumed recovered.
DeSoto County: 419 cases. 6 deaths.
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