TIMELINE: Mid-South coronavirus updates May 15

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, May 15:

UPDATE: (7:00 p.m.) The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office released new coronavirus numbers for employees and inmates.

There were 66 employees who tested positive and 151 detainees who tested positive for COVID-19.

UPDATE: (2:30 p.m.) The gov. continues to say that all businesses are essential those who rely on the place for a paycheck. Gov. Tate Reeves amended the executive order which is set to expire on May 25.

The main change is tattoo parlors are allowed to reopen with similar guidelines as salons. It also allows local governments to set the curfew times at local parks.

“Guidelines are better than lockdown,” Gov. Tate Reeves said.

The total death count is nearing 500 in Mississippi.

The Mississippi government is doing a campaign to test everyone who works at and who lives at a nursing facility.

There has been a ’modest bump’ of people who are in the intensive care unit.

UPDATE: (2:00 p.m.)The confirmed COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is now 16,970 as of May 14, 2020, including 290 deaths, 1,454 hospitalizations, and 9,280 recovered.

UPDATE: (1:30 p.m.) The governor of Arkansas said that all retail businesses except bars will be open for business starting on Monday.

An announcement of bars will also be held on Monday.

Arkansas has more than 900 active cases of the coronavirus. There have been no new deaths, and 50 more people have recovered.

Four more people have been released from the hospital.

They continue to work towards 60,000 tests completed by the end of the month. They are currently at 29,389.

To find a testing location, you can visit here.


UPDATE: (12:20 a.m.) The Shelby County COVID-19 Joint Task Force gave an update today on the continued fight against the coronavirus.

There is plenty of testing capacity available, according to the City of Memphis Chief Operating Officer Doug McGowen.

The county has capacity for over 8,000 tests per week. Testing is available all over the city.

Hospitals have enough capacity to serve the community, McGowen said.

As of midnight tonight, the city’s alternative care facility will be complete.

McGowen said people are encouraged to cover their faces while out in public.

People should practice social distancing.

Chief of Epidemiology David Sweat said 59 percent of pediatric COVID-19 cases in the county are in African-Americans.

The number of pediatric cases remains low.

There has been an increase in Latino pediatric cases, which are at almost 20 percent.

82 people have died in Shelby County from COVID-19, which is 2.3 percent of the total cases.

Men make up 57 percent of deaths; 43 percent are women.

The health department is working to control clusters of the virus in nursing homes.

Most of the fatalities occurred in nursing home settings.

A third of those fatalities had close contact with another positive person.

Only a small percentage of cases are now travel-related.

Use hand sanitizer when you are not able to wash your hands.

Stay home as often as possible.

Cardiac conditions cause the most fatal outcomes. High blood pressure is an example of a cardiac condition.

Shelby County Health Department Director Dr. Alisa Haushalter said Monday is the 14th day in the city’s Back-to-Business plan.

The health department will not make any recommendations to move into phase 2 before Monday.

UPDATE: (11:15 a.m.) The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting 318 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 more deaths.

The total number of coronavirus cases in the state since March 11 is now 10,801, with 493 deaths.

UPDATE: (10:03 a.m.) Shelby County Health Department officials are reporting a total of 3,569 cases of COVID-19 and 82 deaths.

A total of 48,130 people have been tested in Shelby County.

UPDATE: (9:46 a.m.) International Paper announced it has committed to donating 2 million corrugated boxes to hunger-relief organizations, according to a press release.

Organizations that will receive the boxes include Feeding America and the Global FoodBanking Network.

UPDATE: (7:52 a.m.) Chuck E. Cheese announced it will be donating a percentage of sales today to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Each restaurant will also be donating “family meals” to local organizations, including first responders, in their communities.

Most locations remain closed for dine-in service, but families can order to-go. All menu items will be included in the percentage donation.

Guests can order online, carry-out or order through third-party delivery.

Visit the Chuck E. Cheese website for menu and location information at www.chuckecheese.com.

UPDATE: (5:43 a.m.) The Germantown Fire Department will be distributing face masks tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pickering Center, 7771 Poplar Pike, according to a Facebook post by the City of Germantown.

Masks will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until supplies run out.

The masks are available to Germantown residents only.

Residents will be asked to show a valid driver’s license. Masks are limited to one per individual and a maximum of seven per family.

UPDATE: (5:36 a.m.) A drive-thru food giveaway will take place today at 10 a.m. at New Bellevue Ministries, 672 N. Trezevant, Memphis TN 38112.

The giveaway is open to Tenn. residents only with valid driver’s license/gov’t ID.

Pick-up is contact-free; volunteers will place the food in your car.

UPDATE: (5:25 a.m.) Iconic Memphis donut shop Gibson’s Donuts is reopening today.

The donut shop is open for take-out only.

UPDATE: (5:12 a.m.) Tristate Community Health Center is offering free COVID-19 testing with or without an appointment today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Testing is located at 1725 Pinebrook Dr., Memphis TN 38116 and 4041 Knight Arnold Rd., Memphis TN 38118.

For an appointment, text COV2019 to 91999 or call 901.572.1573.

UPDATE: (4:37 a.m.) Here is a list of today’s mobile food pantries through the Mid-South Food Bank:

Memphis, The Healing Center 3885 Tchulahoma 38118, 10 a.m. Must Have Pre-registered

Memphis, Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church 491 McLemore 38106, 10 a.m.

Memphis, Shady Grove Pres. 5530 Shady Grove 38112, 10 a.m.

Lauderdale Cty, TN- Fountain of Life 748 Tigrett in Halls 38040, 10 a.m.

Memphis, New Bellevue Ministries, 672 N. Trezevant 38112, 10 a.m.

Memphis, Colonial Park UMC, 5330 Park 38119, 10 a.m.

Quitman Cty, MS- 417 10th St. in Lambert 38643, 10 a.m.

Lauderdale Cty, TN- Holly Grove Baptist Church 155 College in Ripley 38063, 9 a.m.

UPDATE: (4:33 a.m.) Here are the latest number of COVID-19 cases by state for our area:

Tennessee: 16,699.

287 deaths. 8,881 recovered.

Shelby County has 3,523 cases and 81 deaths.

Arkansas: 4,366.

98 deaths. 3,340 recovered.

Crittenden County has 219 cases and 7 deaths.

Mississippi: 10,483.

480 deaths. 6,268 presumed recovered.

DeSoto County has 355 cases and 5 deaths.