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 Monday, May 11:
UPDATE: (5:50 p.m.) Kroger Health and the University of Memphis have extended testing to continue this week.
Free testing will be held Tuesday 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: (2:30 p.m.) The state of Mississippi gave an update on the coronavirus pandemic.
Governor Tate Reeves signed an executive order related to unemployment.
UPDATE: (2:00 p.m.) The Tennessee Department of Health reports there are 15,544 cases of the coronavirus in the state with 251 deaths and over 8,000 patients who have recovered.
UPDATE: (1:30 p.m.) Governor Asa Hutchinson held his daily press conference to let Arkansians know what the state is doing to fight the coronavirus.
The state has fewer than 1,000 active cases of the virus.
There are 4,043 cases in the state and 3,149 who have recovered with 94 deaths.
The state has $780 million for unemployment funds.
UPDATE: (12:50 p.m.) Tennessee First Lady Maria Lee today announced that on Saturday the Volunteer State will celebrate its first annual Tennessee’s Day of Service, according to a press release.
From the press release:
The statewide day of service will commemorate one year since First Lady Lee launched Tennessee Serves with the goal of mobilizing Tennesseans to serve one another and volunteer in their communities.
Ways to get involved in Tennessee’s Day of Service range from COVID-19 relief efforts to disaster relief and virtual volunteer campaigns. A list of service opportunities is available here.
UPDATE: (12:13p.m.) The Shelby County COVID-19 Joint Task Force gave an update on the coronavirus one week after businesses began reopening across the Mid-South.
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said that on Wednesday, the Shelby County Health Department, along with the State of Tennessee, will be doing walk-throughs to prepare for COVID-19 in public housing facilities.
Testing is not mandatory; it is encouraged.
Strickland said the city has received face masks to be worn by citizens at libraries. This is not required, just encouraged.
Tomorrow, aircraft from the Tennessee Air National Guard will fly over dozens of hospitals and health care facilities to honor medical professionals and first responders.
This event will coincide with National Nurse’s Week.
Police Director Michael Rallings addressed protected information of people with COVID-19 being distributed to first responders.
Rallings said first responders have to be protected.
HIPPA allows for this information to be released. It is protected information. Names are not released, only addresses.
First responders have limited PPE, Rallings said.
Rallings said a large number of arrests were made this weekend for people who were not practicing social distancing and were drag racing.
Rallings said police receive about 20 COVID-19-related calls per day.
Director of Fire Services Chief Gina Sweat said the information is used to protect first responders because they are on the front lines.
First responders are trying to limit PPE so supplies will last.
Sweat said in the early days of the pandemic a number of first responders tested positive for the virus due to various means of contact.
Through the Operation Rescue program, citizens can voluntarily provide pertinent information to first responders that they would need to know in the event of an emergency.
SCHD Director Dr. Alisa Haushalter said over 42,000 people have been tested in Shelby County.
92 percent were negative.
The positivity rate is 7.8 percent and is going down.
Haushalter said 68 people have died.
The county has identified over 5,700 contacts and 1,800 people are currently in quarantine.
The county is expanding testing to Millington at its Health Department location this week.
Haushalter said the Commercial Appeal building will be finished this week.
UPDATE: (10:04 a.m.) The Shelby County Health Department is reporting a total of 3,315 cases of COVID-19.
67 people have died in Shelby County.
A total of 42,239 people have been tested for the virus in the county.
UPDATE: (10:03 a.m.) People being tested for COVID-19 at Crosstown Concourse tomorrow can pick up free food.
UPDATE: (5:20 a.m.) Tanger Outlets in Southaven is hosting a blood drive today, according to a press release.
The American Red Cross will be at the mall in Suite 335 across from Carter’s/Osh Kosh from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For information and to check slot availability for donation, please visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=Tanger.
The mall is located at 5205 Airways Blvd., Southaven MS 38671.
UPDATE: (5:17 a.m.) Salons and barbershops and gyms across Mississippi can begin reopening today under strict guidelines.
UPDATE: (5:14 a.m.) Dining rooms in restaurants across Arkansas can begin reopening today.
Physical distancing is required between customers and tables.
Restaurant staff must wear gloves.
No groups over 10 people are allowed.
No self-service/buffet service is allowed.
Bars and entertainment inside restaurants is prohibited.
UPDATE: (4:53 a.m.) Oak Court Mall will reopen today with hours of 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, according to a press release.
Planned reopening dates for individual tenants may vary.
Guests are encouraged to call ahead and follow the mall on Facebook and Instagram @OakCourtMall for the most up-to-date information.
The following guidelines will be in effect until further notice:
• Practice social distancing and stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people.
• Covering your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover is recommended.
• Do not gather in groups.
• Adhere to each individual tenant’s COVID-19 policies.
• Adhere to all federal, state and local regulations, recommendations and mandates regarding COVID-19.
UPDATE: (4:44 a.m.) Here is a list of today’s mobile food pantries through the Mid-South Food Bank:
Marshall Cty, MS- Hearts and Hands Ministries, MS 172 MS-309 in Byhalia 38611, 10 a.m.
Memphis, Kingdom Fellowship Baptist 3777 Edenburg 38127, 11 a.m.
Memphis, Riverside Baptist 3560 S. Third 38109, 10 a.m.
Marshall Cty, MS- 295 E. Francisco in Holly Springs 39365, 9 a.m. Pre-register by calling 662-252-1336 or bring driver’s license- Marshall County Residents only
UPDATE: (4:39 a.m.) Here are the latest number of COVID-19 cases by state for our area:
243 deaths. 7,528 recovered.
Shelby County has 3,230 cases and 67 deaths.
91 deaths. 3,112 recovered.
Crittenden County has 210 cases and 7 deaths.
430 deaths. 4,421 presumed recovered.
DeSoto County has 331 cases and 5 deaths.
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