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 Thursday, May 28:
UPDATE: (4:20 p.m.) Arkansas health officials are reporting 6,538 total cases of COVID-19 in the state. 1,830 of those cases are currently active. 4,583 people have recovered from the virus and the death toll stands at 125.
UPDATE: (12:10 p.m.) Shelby County leaders gave an update today on the continued fight against COVID-19.
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said free child care for essential workers will be offered beginning Monday at eight community centers in Memphis.
The free child care is possible through the YMCA.
Child care locations will expand to 23 locations in the coming weeks.
Additional locations will begin opening June 8 in a phased approach.
Interested parents can register at ymcamemphis.org.
The YMCA has given over 400,000 meals to Shelby County students and families during the pandemic.
Strickland said Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris is looking into the issue of evictions during the pandemic.
Strickland encouraged everyone to wear a face mask when interacting with others, even if you’re six feet apart.
Shelby County Health Department official Dr. Bruce Randolph said Shelby County has 4,703 cases of COVID-19 and 105 deaths.
Over 69,000 people have been tested.
Yesterday, 1,419 people were tested, Randolph said.
63.8 percent of the total cases are African-American; 20 percent are Caucasian.
65.7 percent of deaths are African-American, Randolph said.
80 percent of the deaths are associated with a cardiac condition.
Randolph said Memphis is not considered a hotspot for the virus.
UPDATE: (11:22 a.m.) The Desoto County Board of Supervisors will distribute face masks to citizens for free this weekend.
The masks will be distributed Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at 12 drive-thru locations across the county.
A list of locations can be found here.
UPDATE: (11:08 a.m.) Mississippi health officials are reporting 328 new cases of COVID-19 with 23 new deaths.
The total number of cases since March 11 is now 14,372, with 693 deaths.
UPDATE: (10:04 a.m.) Shelby County health officials are reporting 4,703 coronavirus cases, an increase of 122 cases since yesterday.
105 people have died, an increase of three since yesterday.
A total of 69,208 people have been tested in Shelby County.
UPDATE: (8:43 a.m.) Memphis’ Backbeat Tours, announced it will resume operations this weekend with its popular ghost tour and historic downtown walking tour.
A new bike tour will also be available. The bike tour will take place along Downtown, the Bluff and the Riverfront., according to a press release.
The guided rides will be available Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 1:30 p.m.
Tours will be weekend-only for several weeks before being offered daily, according to the press release.
The Ghost Tour begins Friday night at 8 p.m., and the walking tour begins Saturday morning.
UPDATE: (7:22 a.m.) CVS announced it will open 18 COVID-19 testing sites across Tennnessee.
UPDATE: (4:46 a.m.) Here’s a list of today’s mobile food pantry locations through the Mid-South Food Bank:
DeSoto Cty, MS- Christ the King Catholic Church, 785 Church Rd. 38671 in Southaven, 2:30 p.m. Pre-register 662-342-3180. DeSoto County residents only. Bdriver’s license. Only 2 families per vehicle. First 500 families served
Haywood Cty, TN- 1st Baptist Brownsville, 311 E. Jefferson in Brownsville, 38017, 10 a.m.
Shelby Cty, Bert Ferguson Comm. Ctr, 8505 Trinity Rd. in Cordova 38018, 10 a.m.
Coahoma Cty, MS- 414 Second St. in Jonestown 38639, 10 a.m.
Memphis, New Direction Church, 6120 Winchester 38115, 11 a.m.
Memphis, Kingdom Fellowship Baptist Church, 3735 N. Trezevant 38127, 11 a.m.
Memphis, Divine Life, 5270 Riverdale 38141, 10 a.m.
Tipton Cty, TN- St. Luke Church, 632 Luke Rd., Covington 38019, 9 a.m.
Memphis, Kingdom Fellowship Baptist Church 3735 N. Trezevant 38127, 11 a.m.
UPDATE: (4:40 a.m.) Here are the latest number of COVID-19 cases, by state, for our area:
TENNESSEE: 21,306 cases.
353 deaths. 13,916 recovered.
Shelby County: 4,581 cases. 102 deaths.
ARKANSAS: 6,277 cases.
120 deaths. 4,424 recovered.
Crittenden County: 301 cases. 9 deaths.
MISSISSIPPI: 14,044 cases.
670 deaths. 9,401 presumed recovered.
DeSoto County: 493 cases. 6 deaths.
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