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 Tuesday, April 28:
UPDATE: (8:00 p.m.) The Arkansas Department of Health released updated COVID-19 information. There are now 3,127 cases of the virus in the state.
The death toll stands at 57. 1,216 people have recovered from COVID-19 and 104 people have been hospitalized.
UPDATE: (5:30 p.m.) MATA announced they will continue offering free bus rides to riders.
The temporary fees will continue until it is safer for 25 people or more to ride the bus together.
Buses will continue to be limited to only 10 riders.
UPDATE: (3:00 p.m.) Tennessee Governor Bill Lee updates the state on the plans for the CARES Act money and reopening gyms in 89 of the state’s counties.
Gyms will open Friday at 50 percent capacity.
The state will distribute the CARES Act money, which will be about $2.3 billion, will go to the Coronavirus Relief Fund and to the federal share of existing programs in the state.
The funding has to be used this year.
The money will be broken down to go to public health, so healthcare providers treating those who do not have uninsured will be filed with the federal government.
Also, some of the money will go into TennCare, support systems like PPE purchases, and to the state and local governments like prisons and schools.
The state is working with a third-party business to help with overseeing where the funds go.
UPDATE: (2:30 p.m.) Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves announced what he will be doing with the CARES Act money that was given to the state.
The state will be hiring a third party team to delegate the funds and make sure the state is in compliance with the guidelines given by the federal government.
The governor plans to utilize the money to help with the challenges of distance learning, small businesses, local governments and those under extended unemployment for skills training and to add more money in the unemployment funds in the state.
Also, replacing lost revenue in the state funds.
The state received about $1.25 billion from the CARES Act.
There are only four positive coronavirus cases in the Mississippi prison systems within inmates.
UPDATE: (2:00 p.m.) The Tennessee Department of Health announced we have reached over 10,000 cases, totaling 10,052.
There are also 188 deaths.
UPDATE: (1:50 p.m.) SCS announced they will celebrate all the valedictorians and salutatorians this Thursday via live on social media platforms.
UPDATE: (1:30 p.m.) Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas gave a briefing on the coronavirus fight in the state.
There are 3,111 cases in Arkansas with 104 hospitalizations and 52 deaths.
860 total inmates have the coronavirus and 51 staff at the Cummins Unit.
87 total inmates and 12 staff have the coronavirus at the Forrest City Federal Prison.
In May, the state will have tested 2 percent of Arkansians.
May 1, camping for Arkansas residents will open for RVs. This applies to enclosed RVs and the bathhouses will continue to be closed.
The target date for restaurants, bars, retail, museums and marinas to open will be May 15.
UPDATE: (12:53 p.m.) Today the Shelby County COVID-19 Joint Task Force gave a briefing about efforts to reopen businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic.
SCHD official Dr. Bruce Randolph announced an addendum to a previous health directive.
The addendum includes guidelines businesses must adhere to when reopening begins.
UPDATE: (12:50 p.m.) Tunica County has a new testing site for the coronavirus.
Aaron E. Henry Community Health Center will do drive-thru COVID-19 testing May 1 and May 8 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Paul Battle Arena in Tunica, MS.
Those who would like to get tested can call 662-645-7806 to go through a pre-screening to receive an appointment to be tested.
UPDATES: (12:40 p.m.) A new testing site is being added to the Memphis area.
The Case Management, Inc. will be providing the drive-thru testing at the Community Health and Wellness Primary Care Clinic located on Alice Ave in the 38106 zip code.
If you need testing, call the COVID-19 Test Hot Line at 901-821-5880 to receive an appointment for the test.
UPDATE: (12:25 p.m.) The juvenile courts for Memphis and Shelby County will continue to suspended in-person court proceedings till the end of May with guidelines.
UPDATE: (12:12 p.m.) The Shelby County COVID-19 Joint Task Force gave an update today regarding plans to reopen during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Shelby County Health Department Director Dr. Alisa Haushalter said there are 2,358 positive cases in the county, as well as 46 deaths.
Some of the cases reflect people who were tested Friday and Saturday, according to Haushalter.
Over 25,000 ppl have been tested in Shelby County.
Haushalter said 1,852 cases of close contact tracing have been closed. Over 4,000 contacts have been identified. Those people have been quarantined or isolated. 1,881 are actively being monitored.
1,149 people have recovered in Shelby County.
Haushalter said they are seeing more and more cases in people over the age of 60.
Social distancing is critical as we move closer to reopening, Haushalter said.
Anyone with symptoms should get tested for COVID-19, especially essential workers.
UPDATE: (11:26 a.m.) As of this morning, Mississippi has 6,342 cases of COVID-19 and 239 deaths, according to health officials.
DeSoto County has 272 cases and four deaths.
UPDATE: (10:03 a.m.) The Shelby County Health Department has reported 2,358 total cases of COVID-19 this morning.
46 people have died from the virus in Shelby County.
According to health officials, 25,748 people have been tested in the county.
UPDATE: (6:34 a.m.) Pancho’s restaurant in West Memphis, Arkansas is once again serving free meals today for curbside pick-up.
The meal distribution will begin at 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
No purchase is necessary.
Pancho’s is located at 3600 E. Broadway Ave., West Memphis, AR 72301.
UPDATE: (5:35 a.m.) Memphis in May barbecue team Auto B Grillin’ will serve barbecue with all the fixings today for needy families in the Mid-South.
The free drive-up distribution will take place beginning at 10:30 a.m. until around 1 p.m.
The food distribution will take place at the Memphis Athletic Ministries Grizzlies Center, 2107 Ball Rd., Memphis TN 38114.
UPDATE: (5:08 a.m.) Kroger Health is partnering with Cherokee Health Systems to host free COVID-19 drive-thru testing beginning today in Parkway Village, 4095 American Way, Memphis, according to a press release.
Testing will run through Thursday.
Testing times are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Testing will be available for healthcare workers and first responders and those who have symptoms.
UPDATE: (5 a.m.) A drive-thru food giveaway is happening today at New Bellevue Food Ministries, 672 N. Trezevant, Memphis TN 38112, according to a press release.
The giveaway will start at 10 a.m. until supplies last.
Food is available to Tennessee residents. Recipients must have a valid Tenn. driver’s license and/or government ID.
UPDATE: (4:45 a.m.) The Mid-South Food Bank will distribute food today at the following mobile pantry locations:
Memphis, Iglesia Nueva Vida, 7981 Summer 38133, 10 a.m.
Memphis, New Bellevue Ministries, 672 Trezevant 38112, 10 a.m.
Memphis, Temple of Deliverance COGIC, 369 G.E. Patterson 38126, 10 a.m.
Lauderdale Cty TN- 145 South Main St. 38063 in Ripley, 5 p.m.
Lake Cty, TN- 552 Bishop Ridgely 38080 in Ridgely, 10 a.m.
Hardeman Cty, TN- 230 E. Main St. 38075 in Whiteville 10 a.m.
Memphis, Mt. Zion Church 933 Peeples 38109, 9:30 a.m.
Memphis, Kirby Middle School (kid friendly) 6670 Raines 38115, 10 a.m.
Memphis, Wooddale Middle School (kid friendly) 3467 Castleman 38118, 10 a.m.
UPDATE: (4:35 a.m.) Below are the current number of cases and deaths, by state, for our area:
Tennessee 9,918 - 184 deaths.
32 cases in Dyer County, 52 cases in Fayette County, 2,327 cases in Shelby County, 95 cases in Tipton County.
45 deaths in Shelby County.
4,720 recovered in Tennessee.
Mississippi 6,094 - 229 deaths.
58 cases in Coahoma County, 266 cases in DeSoto County, 88 cases in Lafayette County, 41 cases in Marshall County, 38 cases in Panola County, 38 cases in Tate County, 35 cases in Tunica County.
4 deaths in DeSoto County.
Arkansas 3,069 - 51 deaths.
174 cases in Crittenden County. 5 deaths in Crittenden County.
111,583 recovered in Arkansas.
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