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 20:
UPDATE: (9:55 p.m.) The Arkansas Department of Health reports 5,003 total cases of COVID-19 in the state with 107 deaths. There are currently 1,044 active cases of the virus and 3,852 people have recovered.
UPDATE: (2:30 p.m.) Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves gave a few updates on the coronavirus fight in the state.
UPDATE: (2:00 p.m.) The Tennessee Department of Health reports 18,532 cases of COVID-19 in the state with 309 deaths and 11,783 patients recovered.
UPDATE: (1:30 p.m.) The Arkansas Department of Health said there are 5,003 with 3,852 recovered.
The state has tested 95,010 people in the state.
UPDATE: (12:10 p.m.) Shelby County leaders gave an update today on the continued fight against the coronavirus.
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said he presented a proposal to the City Council for $8.7 million for the Shelby County Health Department for increased contact tracing.
$2.7 million of that will go to the health department right now to hire much-needed workers.
Strickland thanked 40 City of Memphis employees who were reassigned from their normal duties to do contact tracing over the last six weeks.
“We are in a battle with COVID-19," Strickland said. “This is not over.”
Strickland said we must not let our guard down and continue practicing healthy habits and social distancing.
SCHD Director Alisa Haushalter said the health department wants to recruit candidates from within Shelby County for the new positions available at the health department.
The county has 4,005 cases of COVID-19, an increase of 128 since yesterday.
Haushalter said the health department is looking at what contributed to the increase.
Transmission could have occurred through social gatherings over Mother’s Day weekend.
Haushalter said 90 people have died from the virus.
The average age of death is in the mid-70s.
Over 56,000 people have been tested.
The positivity rate is less than 10 percent.
Haushalter said we must continue to practice social distancing and wear facial coverings.
The county has received a large supply of masks from the Governor’s office.
They are free to public at health department locations and libraries.
Shelby County has seen a recent spike in opioid overdoses and deaths during the pandemic.
The Street Team for Overdose Prevention (STOP) will provide street-level outreach at locations around Shelby County this week, May 19-23, to address the spike.
STOP will provide free overdose reversal kits, including Naloxone (Narcan), treatment resources, and needle exchange at the following locations, dates and times today:
- 1590 Sycamore View Road, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- 28 N. Claybrook Street, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- 3628 Summer Avenue, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
UPDATE: (11:26 a.m.) The City of Germantown will be giving away free masks to the community this Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., according to a press release.
The mask giveaway will be held at the Pickering Center, 7771 Poplar Pike.
Masks will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until supplies run out.
The masks are available to Germantown residents and Germantown-based businesses only, according to the press release.
Residents must show a valid driver’s license.
Masks will be limited to one per individual and a maximum of seven per family.
UPDATE: (11:10 a.m.) The Mississippi Department of Health announced there are 11,967 cases of COVID-19 and 570 deaths.
UPDATE: 10:00 a.m.) The Shelby County Health Department has reported 4,005 cases of the coronavirus with 88 deaths and 2,642 patients recovered.
UPDATE: (9:20 a.m.) The Memphis Zoo announced it is moving into Phase 2 of the Back to Business reopening plan.
The zoo has increased its capacity to 5,000 guests at any given time.
UPDATE: (8:54 a.m.) Small business owners can now set up a free online store through Facebook’s new virtual marketplace.
Facebook Shops’ debut is a direct response to the coronavirus pandemic.
UPDATE: (8:30 a.m.) A Mississippi nonprofit agency will be giving away diapers and personal hygiene items tomorrow in Tunica County.
UPDATE: (7:56 a.m.) FOX13′s Valerie Calhoun spoke with Tennessee’s 8th District Congressman David Kustoff about the latest proposed stimulus bill, crowded flights and funding for students’ Internet access.
Kustoff said he believes broadband Internet access for students will be a focus in Congress over the next few months.
Watch the full interview below:
UPDATE: (6:00 a.m.) Buffalo Wild Wings announced all locations in Tennessee will reopen their dining rooms to the public today.
UPDATE: (4:48 a.m.) Here’s a list of today’s mobile food pantries through the Mid-South Food Bank:
Memphis, Pleasant Chapel Church 4813 Benjestown 38127, 11 a.m.
Memphis, Westwood Youth Development, 620 Parkrose, 10 a.m.
Memphis, Divine Life, 5270 Riverdale 38141, 10 a.m.
Monroe Cty, MS- St. Paul Church, 501 108th St. in Amory 38821, 11 a.m.
Memphis, Idlewild Pres. Church, 1750 Union 38104, 9 a.m.
Memphis, Eastside Community Church, 1503 Colonial 38117, 10 a.m.
UPDATE: (4:40 a.m.) Here’s a list of coronavirus cases by state for our area:
TENNESSEE: 18,378 cases. 305 deaths. 10,969 recovered.
Shelby County: 3,877 total cases. 1,252 active cases, 88 deaths.
ARKANSAS: 4,923 cases. 102 deaths. 3,739 recoveries.
Crittenden County: 241 cases, 7 deaths.
MISSISSIPPI: 11,704 cases. 554 deaths. 7,681 presumed recovered.
DeSoto County: 404 cases. 5 deaths.
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