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 21:
UPDATE: (7:01 p.m.) Kroger confirmed another Distribution Center employee tested positive for COVID-19. However, the employee has been off the job since early this month.
The company also said the two employees who tested positive for COVID-19 in March have made full recoveries.
Kroger issued the following statement:
Today, the Delta Distribution Center received an email from an associate announcing a positive result from a recent COVID-19 test. The associate has not worked at the Distribution Center since May 5, 2020. The associate will continue to remain in quarantine and we wish them a speedy recovery. The two previous cases from March have made full recoveries. The Distribution Center continues to clean and sanitize daily. Additionally, each associate must have their temperature checked before entering the distribution center. The safety of our associates is our top priority.
UPDATE: (2:00 p.m.) The confirmed COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is now 18,961 as of May 21, 2020, including 313 deaths, 1,539 hospitalizations, and 12,191 recovered.
There are more than 4,000 cases in Shelby County.
UPDATE: (12:50 p.m.) Shelby County General Sessions will resume in-person proceedings on June 15.
UPDATE: (12:40 p.m.) The City of Bartlett announced it is extending its local state of emergency through May 28.
The order is limited to seven days unless it is necessary for additional seven-day increments, according to a press release.
The May 18 health directive #4, issued by the Shelby County Health Department, will remain in effect in Bartlett until June 1, unless superseded before then.
UPDATE: (12:20 p.m.) The Mississippi Department of Health is reporting 255 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 new deaths.
The total number of coronavirus cases in the state since March 11 is now 12,222, with 580 deaths.
UPDATE: (12:13 p.m.) The Shelby County Health Department gave an update today regarding coronavirus in the community.
Dr. Bruce Randolph said there are 4,034 total cases, an increase of 29 from yesterday.
91 people have died, an increase of three from yesterday.
Over 57,000 people in the county have been tested.
Yesterday 1,424 people were tested.
5.8 percent of Shelby County has been tested, Randolph said.
There is a 6.9 percent positivity rate currently.
6,964 contacts have been identified, and approximately 2,277 people are in quarantine.
67 percent of people diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered.
Randolph encouraged everyone to practice social distancing and wear face coverings over Memorial Day weekend.
Randolph said this weekend will affect how the county continues to reopen later.
Employers are required to ensure their employees wear facial coverings at work.
Randolph encouraged people to spend time outdoors this weekend.
The Street Team for Overdose Prevention (STOP) is holding events today at 2760 S. Perkins Rd. from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and at 3362 S. Third St. from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
There will be resources on opioid addiction and needle exchange.
UPDATE: (10:07 a.m.) The Shelby County Health Department is reporting a total of 4,034 cases of coronavirus.
91 people have died, three since yesterday.
A total of 57,967 people have been tested in the county.
UPDATE: (6:20 a.m.) Memphis’ Rock 'n' Soul Museum will reopen today.
UPDATE: (5:54 a.m.) Casinos across Mississippi can begin reopening today.
Fitz Casino & Hotel, located in Tunica, announced its casino and hotel is reopening today at 8:01 a.m.
UPDATE: (5:28 a.m.) Elvis Presley’s Graceland will reopen to the public today at a reduced capacity.
UPDATE: (4:58 a.m.) The Diaper Bank of the Delta will be distributing free diapers and personal hygiene products today at the Solid Foundation Christian Center, located at 7569 Old Highway 61 N, Robinsonville, MS.
The giveaway will last from 10 a.m. to noon.
This afternoon, the diaper bank will be doing another giveaway at the Battle Arena, located at 3873 Old Hwy 61 N, Tunica, MS.
That giveaway will last from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
UPDATE: (4:48 a.m.) Here’s a list of today’s mobile food pantries through the Mid-South Food Bank:
Memphis, Iglesia Nueva Vida 1348 National 38112 9 a.m.
Fayette Cty, TN- "Kid Friendly" 210 Jackson St. in Galloway 38036, 10 a.m.
Memphis, Keel Ave Baptist Church 778 N. Bellevue 38107, 10 a.m.
Memphis, Bert Ferguson Comm. Center 8505 Trinity Road in Cordova 38018, 10 a.m.
Memphis, New Direction Church 6120 Winchester 38115, 11 a.m.
Memphis, MAM-Grizzlies Center 2107 Ball 38114, 10 a.m.
Tunica Cty MS- 3873 US Hwy 61 at the Arena 38767, 1 p.m.
Quitman Cty, MS- 1012 MLK Dr. in Marks 38646, 10 a.m.
UPDATE: (4:40 a.m.) Here’s a list of coronavirus cases by state for our area:
TENNESSEE: 18,532 cases. 309 deaths. 11,783 recovered.
Shelby County: 4,005 total cases. 1,275 active cases, 88 deaths.
ARKANSAS: 5,003 cases. 107 deaths. 3,852 recoveries.
Crittenden County: 250 cases, 8 deaths.
MISSISSIPPI: 11,967 cases. 570 deaths. 7,681 presumed recovered.
DeSoto County: 418 cases. 5 deaths.