TIMELINE: Mid-South coronavirus updates April 18

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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 Saturday, April 18, 2020:

UPDATE: (4:15 p.m.) Kroger, Cherokee Health System and Memphis Business Academy will offer free COVID-19 drive-thru testing.

Testing will begin on Wednesday, April 22 and end Friday April 24.

Test will be provided for people who have symptoms only.

People who would like to get tested must schedule an appointment on Kroger’s website.

Appointments will be held between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The testing location is 3306 Overton Crossing.

UPDATE: (2:00 p.m.) The Tennessee Department of Health reports there are 6,762 cases of COVID-19 in the state with 145 deaths.

UPDATE: (1:30 p.m.) Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson held his daily briefing to give updates on how the state it combatting the coronavirus.

Hutchinson said the number of cases in the state does not include the tests being down at the Cummins Prison.

$10 million in grants is being distributed to 27 hospitals to help combat the virus and help with telehealth.

There are 998 cases that are still active in the state.

Of those who have the virus, 60 percent are white, 30 percent are African American and 10 percent are other races.

The age group from 46 to 64 have the highest number of cases.

The state is looking to reopen certain businesses by May 4.

The governor signed an executive order to organize the Arkansas Recovery Task Force to help reopen the state.

The task force will be made up of people from all demographics in businesses. Each sector will figure out the best way to reopen their industry.

UPDATE: (11:50 a.m.) The Mississippi Department of Health announced there 3,974 cases of COVID-19 and 152 deaths.

UPDATE: (10:15 a.m.) The Arkansas Health Department states there are 1,739 cases of the coronavirus in the state with one new death, totaling 38.

There have been 703 people who have recovered.

UPDATE: (10:05 a.m.) The Shelby County Health Department says there are now 1,731 cases of COVID-19 in the county.

Tipton County has 55 cases, DeSoto County has 213 cases and Crittenden County has 127 cases.

UPDATE: (9:40 a.m.) Check out the list of mobile food pantries in the Mid-South.

UPDATE: (9:15 a.m.) The Salvation Army and Panera Bread provided lunches to first responders across the Mid-South.

UPDATE: (6:20 a.m.) This is your coronavirus live updates for Saturday, April 18.

The global numbers have surpassed 2.2 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus with over 154,000 deaths.

The United States has tested over 3.5 million people for the virus. There are currently over 694,000 cases with over 31,000 deaths and over 58,000 recovered.

Arkansas has over 1,600 cases with 593 people recovered and 37 deaths.

Mississippi has over 3,700 cases and 140 deaths.

Tennessee has over 6,500 cases of COVID-19 with 142 deaths and over 3,000 recovered.

Shelby county has over 1,600 cases and 35 deaths. There have also been 504 people recovered.