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.
Below are the latest updates for Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
UPDATE (8:20 p.m.) Memphis City Council Members were potentially exposed to the coronavirus, according to councilman JB Smiley.
Some members attended the National League of Cities conference last week in Washington D.C.
UPDATE (8:15 p.m.) FOX13 has learned a Hernando police dispatcher tested positive for the coronavirus Tuesday.
She is being treated locally.
UPDATE (6:35 p.m.) Southwest Tennessee Community College announced the graduation is postponed.
All campus events are canceled through May 31. The campus will remain open with employes working on campus and remotely. Classes are still scheduled to return April 6.
UPDATE (4:46 p.m.) Target has announced changes to store hours.
"We’ll reduce hours and close all stores by 9 p.m. daily. This will help us as we replenish and deeply clean our stores for our guests. And it builds on measures we shared earlier this month, including enhanced cleaning and more staffing for in-demand services that support social distancing, like Order Pickup and Drive Up.
We’ll also reserve the first hour of shopping each Wednesday to support vulnerable guests, including the elderly and those with underlying health concerns.
In addition to these changes, we’re fast-tracking the flow of products that are in the highest demand, including food, medicine, and other essentials. We’ll continue to maintain limitations on in-demand items and respectfully ask all guests to consider their immediate needs and purchase accordingly so more families can find the products they need," Target CEO Brian Cornell said in a news release.
UPDATE (4:40 p.m.) The Pink Palace Family of Museums is temporarily closing beginning tomorrow.
The locations closing include the Pink Palace Museum, theater, planetarium, Lichterman Nature Center, Mallory-Neely House and Magevney House.
“The Pink Palace Family of Museums has remained open these past two days in order to wind down scheduled activities between now and the end of May. In just two short days, our staff has worked incredibly hard at winding down operations affecting over 11,000 people who had scheduled visits through May,” said Kevin Thompson, Executive Director Pink Palace Family of Museums.
UPDATE (4:25 p.m.) Malco Theatres announced that they are temporarily closing all locations, including the drive-in, as of today.
“The health and safety of our guests and employees is of the highest importance”, said David Tashie, President and COO, “We will continue closely monitoring the situation and when given clearance, be ready to resume normal operations.”
Malco says they will post information regarding reopening on their website and social media channels.
UPDATE (3:15 p.m.) Collierville officials canceled in-person proceedings at Collierville Municipal Court through March 31.
They also announced the Collierville Library is closed. The Collierville Animal Shelter will only accept emergency intakes and adoptions will be appointment based.
UPDATE (2:35 p.m.) In anticipation of the potential impact of coronavirus on the City of Memphis, Mayor Jim Strickland has issued a declaration of emergency, effective immediately.
“This declaration allows the City and its departments and agencies to seek any and all necessary federal and state funding to facilitate the response to the Emergency,” Strickland said in a statement.
Additionally, the city is placing priority on the purchase of equipment, materials, supplies and services needed for Emergency management purposes.
Mayor Strickland urged residents to only purchase what they need at the grocery store, reminding folks that there is no need to hoard. Strickland says he spoke with local grocers and there is plenty of food and supplies.
Beginning tomorrow, all libraries and community centers will be closed until further notice.
Members of City of Memphis Senior Centers can continue to receive a daily meal from their respective centers. “Members that are registered to receive MIFA meals can opt to pick up their meal from the center in which they attend or have it delivered if they use our van service.”
Strickland encouraged residents to continue ordering take-out orders to support local restaurants and their staffs.
“To help with this, we have decided to provide on-street parking relief exclusively for food delivery vehicles at various restaurant locations Downtown and Midtown where parking meters are installed. Until further notice, we are relaxing enforcement at metered parking spaces, allowing on-street parking at no charge in front of restaurants. Please note that all restricted parking areas will remain in effect during this time to ensure public safety.”
UPDATE (2:05 p.m.) The Shelby County Health Department reports that there is a third confirmed case of coronavirus in the county. The third case is not connected with the other two cases.
Dr. Alisa Haushalter says that the third patient did not contract the virus in Shelby County, rather came here infected.
114 people are currently being monitored by the health department.
UPDATE (2:00 p.m.) The Tennessee Department of Health announced that there are now 73 cases of coronavirus in the state.
The TN Department of Health says they have completed 352 COVID-19 tests and 22 were positive. The remaining 51 tests were conducted in commercial and private labs.
Below are the age ranges of the confirmed cases in Tennessee:
UPDATE: (11:42 a.m.) Regional One announces changing its policies following the coronavirus pandemic.
The new policies are as follows:
• Adult visitors are limited to no more than two (2) visitors per patient at a time in the inpatient hospital and outpatient clinics.
• Laboring patients in labor and delivery are allowed one (1), visitor.
• Minors, ages 16 and under, are not allowed to visit.
• Patients in isolation may not receive visitors.
• Patients in the post-acute care may not receive visitors per new CMS guidance. These areas include inpatient rehabilitation, long term acute care, and skilled nursing.
UPDATE: (11:00 a.m.) Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson said there are no new cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the state as of today.
Hutchinson urged the public not to panic-buy during the outbreak.
The state is working to expand testing for COVID-19.
UPDATE (10:00 a.m.) One of the first drive-thru testing sites for COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Shelby County is open.
Women’s Health Care Associates on US-64 is conducting drive-thru testing for the virus as of this morning.
WHCA is located at 9005 US-64 #101, Arlington, TN 38002.
UPDATE (9:50 a.m.) The number of cases of the coronavirus in Mississippi has grown. There are nine new cases. This brings the total number to 21.
CASES BY COUNTY BREAKDOWN:
- Copiah: 2
- Forrest: 3
- Harrison: 1
- Hinds: 6
- Jackson: 1
- Leflore: 4
- Monroe: 1
- Pearl River: 2
UPDATE (9:00 a.m.) The town of Collierville announced changes to its court system and several town programs today.
There will be no in-person proceedings at Collierville Municipal Court through March 31. If you have a scheduled court date during this time, call 901-457-2580 to reschedule.
The Collierville Burch Library has canceled programs through April 4. Library hours remain the same.
There will be no organized youth sports or recreational programs through March 23. The Desoto Athletic Club is a private organization and will determine its chooses to operate at this time.
The Morton Museum of Collierville History will have normal museum hours; however, there are no programs until April.
UPDATE (5:00 a.m.) Southland Casino Racing in West Memphis, Ark. will temporarily close today 6 a.m. in order to protect the health and safety of guests and employees.
The venue will remain closed until further notice, according to an official. All activities at the venue are canceled, including casino promotions.
The facility is working to assist employees during the sudden closure.
FOX13 will update this list regularly as new information develops.
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