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 Sunday, March 22
UPDATE: (10:08 p.m) Effective immediately, the city of Oxford is requesting all citizens to stay at home except for urgent needs.
UPDATE: (8:45 p.m.) The University of Memphis is mourning the loss of a criminal justice instructor.
A UofM spokesperson said Dr. Lenard Wells died on Saturday, March 21.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is also reporting his death, however, they are saying his death was related to complications from the virus.
UPDATE: (6:50 p.m.) The U. S. Small Business Administration is in compliance with implementing social distancing during this time.
According to a released statement, SBA is limiting in-person processes and providing online and telephone support at Davidson County locations for those impacted by the March 3 tornadoes and severe storm.
“Businesses, nonprofits, homeowners and renters who sustained physical damages or economic impact due to the tornadoes are still able to apply for SBA disaster assistance without going to a physical recovery center."
UPDATE: (6:17 p.m.) The Mississippi State Department of Health compiled a list of COVID-19 testing sites that will begin testing Monday.
The testing sites throughout the state are as follows:
Forrest General Hospital – Hattiesburg
Hattiesburg Clinic – Hattiesburg
Gulfport Memorial Hospital – Gulfport
St. Dominic Hospital – Jackson
Itawamba/Med Plus Urgent Care – Fulton
Lee/Med Plus Urgent Care – Tupelo
Memorial Drinkwater Internal Medicine Walk-In Clinic – Bay St. Louis
Memorial Long Beach Walk-In Clinic – Long Beach
Memorial Physician Walk-In Clinics – Walmart – Biloxi
Memorial Primary Care Cedar Lake – Biloxi
Memorial Stone County Medical Center – Wiggins
Memorial Surgery Center of Ocean Springs – Ocean Springs
Neshoba General Hospital – Philadelphia
North Mississippi Medical Center – Tupelo
Singing River Health System Clinics – Ocean Springs
Singing River Health System Clinics – Pascagoula
Singing River Health System Clinics – Hurley
Singing River Health System Clinics – Vancleave
Singing River Health System Clinics – Woolmarket
Residents are asked to call the facility before coming in for testing as procedures will differ from site to site. A fever of 100.4 AND severe cough or chest pain is required to receive testing.
This list will be updated as positive cases are confirmed.
UPDATE: (6:00 p.m.) Tennessee Department of Human Services moves to in-person services by appointment only following safety guidelines in response to the spread of COVOID-19.
“The decision to close our offices to foot traffic was made with the health and safety of both our staff and customers in mind,” said TDHS Commissioner Danielle W. Barnes in a release. “The Tennessee Department of Human Services has taken many steps to modernize our processes and make it easier for individuals who need our services to access them online. These efforts are essential to our work building a thriving Tennessee, and they will allow us to continue serving our customers during the COVID-19 emergency.”
Shelby County’s Office can be reached at (901) 320-7200 from 8:00am until 4:30pm CST Monday through Friday.
These changes are effective immediately Monday, March 23 in every Tennessee office until the state of emergency is canceled.
UPDATE: (5:00 p.m.) MATA announced the company’s temporary traveling routes to limit person to person contact and exposure of COVID-19.
“Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) will only transport MATplus paratransit customers to work, medical-related destinations (including dialysis, doctor appointments and pharmacies) and to purchase/collect food from grocery stores, restaurants, or food distribution centers at non-profit organizations”.
Note: Since social distancing is implemented in the guidelines, some customers may have to wait on the next bus to arrive.
UPDATE: (4:46 P.M) The Mayor and Board of Alderman in Olive Branch have declared a civil emergency.
"Effective at 5:00 p.m. today, March 22, 2020, and continuing in effect through April 21, 2020, restaurants shall only serve food using drive-through, curbside pick-up, or delivery methods. Restaurants and bars shall not allow use by the public of interior or exterior common dining or bar facilities.
Effective at 5:00 p.m. today, March 22, 2020, and continuing through April 21, 2020, all businesses, clubs, organizations, and other gatherings shall adhere to CDC guidelines to limit gatherings to no more than 10 people. Essential services are excluded, including but not limited to hospitals, nursing homes, health clinics, drug stores, pharmacies, banks, grocery stores, convenience stores (but not dine-in areas), gas stations, hardware stores, and manufacturers and distributors of essential supply chain products," the City of Olive Branch said in a statement.
UPDATE: (4:11 p.m.) The Mayor of Southaven has followed the actions of many other towns in the area and is only allowing food to be served in take-out and delivery.
"Effective TODAY, MARCH 22, 2020 at 5:00 PM with an approved ordinance from our Board of Aldermen, I order and will execute the following mandatory restrictions in our city until further notice:
All restaurant dining rooms must close and limit service to a drive-through, delivery, take-out, or curbside options.
All bars, gyms, theaters, salons, and recreational or amusement facilities must close."
UPDATE: (3:42 p.m.) The number of cases found in Mississippi rise as testing becomes available, here are the latest numbers:
Mississippi cases up to 207
DeSoto County – 18
Marshall County – 3
UPDATE: (2:50 p.m.) Vanderbilt University Medical Center has confirmed the second coronavirus related death of a patient in Tennessee.
“Yesterday, VUMC had its first patient die from COVID-19 in our Adult Hospital. The patient was a resident of an adjacent county in the Nashville area who had underlying health complications. This was VUMC’s first COVID-19 patient death. I can clarify this was not the same patient death announced by the Metro Nashville Health Department on Friday,” a spokesperson from Vanderbilt Medical center said.
UPDATE: (2:00 p.m.) The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed the number of cases in the Volunteer state has grown to 505.
The state also is saying the number of cases in Shelby County is now at 66, which is higher than what the Shelby County Health Department reported earlier today.
UPDATE: (1:45 p.m.) SCS announced that the YMCA will take over meal distributions for students starting Monday.
This comes after an SCS nutritionist was diagnosed with COVID-19.
UPDATE: (1:15 p.m.) Area hospitals unite to fight the coronavirus in the Mid-South and keep our families safe.
UPDATE: (1:00 p.m.) The Arkansas Health Department announced there are 165 cases of the coronavirus in the state.
There are 119 people under investigation.
UPDATE: (11:20 a.m.) Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed an executive order for business across the state to use alternative measures when conducting business from midnight Monday to April 6.
For more information on the executive order, click here.
UPDATE: (10:10 a.m.) The Shelby County Health Department says there are 58 cases of the coronavirus in the county with 114 people being monitored.
The health department said there are now indications that person-to-person spread in the community may be taking place.
They advise having strict social-distancing.
UPDATE: (10 a.m.) The Mississippi Health Department announced there are 67 new cases of the coronavirus in the state, bringing the total to 207.
News cases in our area include Coahoma, DeSoto, Lafayette, Marshall, Panola, Tate, Tippah and Tunica counties.
DeSoto County has the second-highest number of cases with 18.
UPDATE: (9 a.m.) Geico Car insurance is pausing cancellations of coverage due to non-payments and policy expiration immediately due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The pause will remain in effect till April 30.
They will also be offering special payment plans once normal billing resumed.
UPDATE: (8:45 a.m.) Papa John’s in Whitehaven will serve free lunches to Shelby County students on Thursday.
All students will receive two slices of cheese pizza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Papa John’s is located on E. Brooks Rd.
UPDATE: (6:15 a.m.) We have a recap for you of Saturday’s updates.
The number of confirmed cases in the Mid-South has increased. Tennessee is at 371, Arkansas has 118 and Mississippi has 140 cases.
Worldwide, there are over 307,000 cases, with more than 13,000 deaths and over 92,000 people recovered.
We also learned a Navy personnel command staff member at the Millington Navy base tested positive for COVID-19, according to an official at the base.
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland also ordered more closings of businesses.
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