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, April 29:
UPDATE: (7:35 p.m.) Arkansas health officials released updated coronavirus numbers.
There are 3207 cases of coronavirus, 1279 recoveries and 59 deaths.
UPDATE: (6:00 p.m.) Two Electrolux employees tested positive for coronavirus, a company spokesperson confirmed.
The factory was closed through Thursday so the building can be sanitized.
The company released the following statement:
“After learning today that two employees had been confirmed positive for coronavirus, we took immediate action to ensure the safety and well-being of all employees. We communicated immediately to employees and closed the factory through Thursday. The factory does not normally operate Friday through Sunday. This will allow professional crews to fog, sanitize and disinfect the building. In addition, we have already implemented many safety steps including protective barriers between workstations, increased janitorial cleaning, sanitizing in high-traffic, high touch common areas, social distancing and face masks.”
UPDATE: (6:00 p.m.) The city of Memphis confirmed they received $113 million to fight COVID-19 in the city.
UPDATE: (3:00 p.m.) The governor of Tennessee gave an update to the state’s plan to reopen.
First, he gave an update on the state’s numbers.
The hospitalization rate has had a 13 percent increase from yesterday.
The state has been cross-referencing hospital reports and other reports, which brings the rate high than before.
Most of the hospitalization numbers have recovered and are doing well.
The Unified Command Group will be testing all long-term care facilities, staff and patients in the state in the coming weeks.
The state will require this, plus provide additional resources to test all those in long-term care facilities.
Governor Bill Lee signed Executive Order 30 to encourage working from home and large gatherings.
The state plans to reopen salons and barbershops in 89 of 95 counties.
The governor will have plans and guidelines for these businesses by the end of the week.
UPDATE: (2:30 p.m.) Governor Tate Reeves of Mississippi provided an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
Senator Wicker is working to not cut defense funding.
Senator Hyde-Smith noted how important rural aid is.
UPDATE: (2:00 p.m.) Central BBQ is giving back to Memphis healthcare workers.
Buy a meal for only $6 and it will be delivered to healthcare workers in Memphis and Nashville.
UPDATE: (1:30 p.m.) The governor of Arkansas gave an update on the state’s COVID-19 response.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson said there are 3,192 cases in the state and 59 deaths.
1,884 are active cases and 93 hospitalized.
1,249 patients have recovered.
Hutchinson said the restaurants can open on May 11 for limited dine-in service.
When businesses reopen, they are expected to buy PPE for employees, test temperatures and more.
The governor announced the Arkansas Ready for Business is a $15 million grant to help businesses through this new phase of reopening.
These businesses will get up to $100,000 per company.
UPDATE: (12:11 a.m.) The Shelby County COVID-19 Joint Task Force gave an update today regarding coronavirus in the community.
Health Department Director Dr. Alisa Haushalter said Shelby County has 2,403 cases and 46 deaths.
The average age of death is 71.
Nearly 50 percent of those with COVID-19 have recovered, Haushalter said.
Over 1,100 are still recovering.
Haushalter said the health department is focusing on cluster outbreaks in places like jails, nursing homes and community hot spots.
At 201 Poplar, 266 people have been tested for the virus. 155 detainees tested positive for COVID-19, and 37 employees tested positive.
Haushalter said COVID-19 spreads three times faster than the flu.
Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner, Jr. said 50 correctional deputies, four law enforcement officers and three civilian officers have tested positive for COVID-19.
Two of those people are in hospital and are doing well.
Bonner said his office is working to reduce jail populations.
All detainees that have tested positive are in jail on felony charges, Bonner said.
Bonner said all detainees that tested positive were asymptomatic and relocated to a sterilized housing unit.
Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris said the county has received $49.9 million from the federal government for COVID-19-related expenses.
Harris said the money cannot be used for budget shortfalls.
Harris said the money will be used for urgent needs related to COVID-19 in the community.
The SCHD has borrowed employees from other health departments and will have to hire new employees when they return to their original duties.
74 Shelby County government employees have tested positive for COVID-19.
156 employees are in quarantine, Harris said. 274 returned to work.
There are 5,700 employees in Shelby County government.
People in need of pet food can call 901.636.1418 for information on getting free pet food during this time.
UPDATE: (12:05 a.m.) Covington Mayor confirms Governor Bill Lee has signed an order to open all the hair salons, barbershops, nail salon and massage therapy under strict guidelines.
UPDATE: (11:07 a.m.) The Mississippi Department of Health reports there are 6,569 cases of the coronavirus in the state and 11 more deaths.
UPDATE: (10:55 a.m.) MATA today announced a fourth case of COVID-19 among its employees.
The employee is a bus operator who last worked April 20.
UPDATE: (10:34 a.m.) Beginning next week, Collierville’s curbside recycling program will resume as normal, according to a press release.
Recycling will be collected from your burgundy recycling cart on your regularly scheduled sanitation pick-up date beginning May 4.
UPDATE: (10:05 p.m.) The Shelby County Health Department announced there are 2,403 confirmed cases in the county and 46 deaths.
About half of the cases have recovered.
UPDATE: (9:33 a.m.) Girl Scout cookies will be included in care packages being distributed today to hospitality employees throughout Memphis, according to a press release.
The packages will be handed out today from noon to 2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn on Central Avenue at the University of Memphis.
Girl Scouts Heart of the South contributed a box of cookies to be placed in 4,000 care packages for hospitality employees.
Dean Radesh Palakurthi, in collaboration with the Wilson Family Foundation, Metro Memphis Hotel & Lodging Association, and Holiday Inn at UofM arranged the care packages for hospitality employees.
UPDATE: (9:17 a.m.) MLGW today announced it will suspend disconnection of services until further notice.
The utility company has also suspended late fees during this time.
UPDATE: (5:40 a.m.) Cane Creek Baptist Church is hosting a mobile food pick-up today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The church is located at 1785 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis TN 38106.
UPDATE: (4:45 a.m.) The Mid-South Food Bank will distribute food today at the following mobile pantry locations:
Memphis, Idlewild Pres. Church 1750 Union 38104, 9 a.m.
Memphis, Eastside Community Church 1503 Colonial 38117, 10 a.m.
Memphis, Cane Creek 1785 Elvis Presley Blvd. 38116, 10 a.m.
Crockett Cty, TN- 1550 Hwy 88 in Alamo 38001, 10 a.m.
Memphis, Anointed Temple of Praise 3939 Riverdale 38115, 10 a.m.
Memphis, Divine Life 5270 Riverdale 38141, 10 a.m.
Memphis, MAM-Leawood 3638 Macon 38122, 10 a.m.
Memphis, Iglesia Nueva Vida 1348 National 38122, 10 a.m.
Memphis, Northaven Elem. (kid friendly) 5157 N. Circle Rd. 38127, 10 a.m.
UPDATE: (4:35 a.m.) Below are the current number of cases and deaths, by state, for our area:
Tennessee 10,052 - 188 deaths.
33 cases in Dyer County, 53 cases in Fayette County, 2,376 cases in Shelby County, 96 cases in Tipton County.
46 deaths in Shelby County.
4,921 recovered in Tennessee.
Mississippi 6,342 - 239 deaths.
60 cases in Coahoma County, 272 cases in DeSoto County, 88 cases in Lafayette County, 41 cases in Marshall County, 38 cases in Panola County, 39 cases in Tate County, 35 cases in Tunica County.
4 deaths in DeSoto County.
Arkansas 3,127 - 57 deaths.
177 cases in Crittenden County. 5 deaths in Crittenden County.
111,936 recovered in Arkansas.
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