TIMELINE: Mid-South coronavirus updates March 28

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 Friday, March 27

UPDATE: (6:00 p.m.) US death toll surpasses 2,000, doubling in two days.

More than 2,000 U.S. citizens have died from the coronavirus as of Saturday, the death toll doubling in about 48 hours, the Washington Post reported. The time between the first confirmed death and the 1,000th was about a month.

There are nearly 120,000 confirmed cases of the virus in the U.S., according to a Johns Hopkins map.

More than 30,000 people have died from the coronavirus worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins.

Update 6:39 p.m. EDT March 28: More than 2,000 U.S. citizens have died from the coronavirus as of Saturday, the death toll doubling in about 48 hours, the Washington Post reported. The time between the first confirmed death and the 1,000th was about a month.

UPDATE: (2 p.m.) The state of Tennessee is now reporting 1,373 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state with 118 hospitalizations.

Shelby County has surpassed Davidson County in most cases in the state.


UPDATE: (1:30 p.m.) The Governor of Arkansas held his daily press conference.

There are now 404 confirmed cases and a total of five deaths.

The legislation was passed last night to provide more funding to citizens of Arkansas and expand the state tax deadline.

The state is expanding the website to people to file for unemployment and offering more loan options for businesses.

Two more counties reporting cases.

There are 15 children 18 and younger, 130 older than 65 and 259 from ages 18 to 64.

The gender of the confirmed cases is 61 percent women and 39 percent men.

Out of those who have tested positive, some underlying conditions include pregnancy, diabetes, cardiac and lung problems.

There are 48 people who are hospitalized, 17 people are ventilated and 42 people have recovered.

The two new deaths ages are one in their 70s and one in their 40s.

The health department noted that weddings need to be creative to keep social-distancing in mind.

UPDATE: (11:30 a.m.) The city of Southaven issued a “Stay-Away Order” that goes into effect immediately.

This is further order that was set in place March 22, for all restaurants dining rooms close, bars, gyms, theaters, salons, etc. to be closed.

The mayor said:

Now, for those that question why I’ve not ordered a “Shelter-in-Place”, “Stay-at-Home”, or similar order. Think about it with me, the common denominator for everyone with this risk minimization is not where you are, but instead physical gatherings with other people and making physical contact with heavily-frequented places. Thus, I think the more appropriate term for the strategy is “Stay-Away”. People need to be able to get out of their homes, enjoy the outdoors, or even take a drive. You don’t have to stay home, but it’s imperative that you stay away from other people and facilities. The old adage from the ‘90s applies today, “You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here!” Laugh with me, just a little.:)

Furthermore, I understand that this defined risk exists in essential places and operations as well, but I cannot tell people not to get food, medicine, gasoline, hardware, telecommunication equipment, and other essential professional services supplies and household goods. In addition, there must be production and distribution of goods to meet these essential needs of life, including the transportation of these products. Specifically, it gets almost impossible, at least impractical, to define essential retail operations since most provide an array of products, many of which are essential as noted previously. Before you ask, I will agree that clothing-only retailers are not essential in the short-term. Most have already taken significant actions themselves to minimize risk.

More information can be found on their website.

UPDATE: (10:45 a.m.) The Arkansas Department of Health said there are 388 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

UPDATE: (10:20 a.m.) The Shelby County Health Department said one person has died from the coronavirus in the county.

UPDATE: (10:10 a.m.) The Mississippi Department of Health announced there are 663 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, pus 13 deaths.

DeSoto County reports their first death.

Here is a breakdown of our area:

Benton County: 3

Coahoma County: 18

DeSoto County: 65

Lafayette County: 11

Marshall County: 11

Panola County: 4

Quitman County: 4

Tate County: 8

Tippah County: 18

Tunica County: 6

UPDATE: (8:45 a.m.) The Shelby County Health Department released on its website that there are now 275 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county.

MORE: Safer at Home Order: What’s considered essential and non-essential?

UPDATE: (6:20 a.m.) The number of coronavirus cases continues to climb as world numbers have reached over 607,000 people with over 28,000 death.

But there are over 132,000 people who have recovered.

The U.S. is now the epicenter of COVID-19, with over 104,000 confirmed cases and over 1,700 deaths with over 800 people recovered.

The Mid-South numbers are as followed: Arkansas has 386, Mississippi has 579 and Tennessee has 1,203 cases.

Shelby County is at 223 cases.

RECAP FROM FRIDAY MARCH 27