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Breaking down the latest COVID-19 data in Memphis and the Mid-South

We will be monitoring Mid-South coronavirus numbers and will update this page as they come in.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Local 24 News continues to track the latest COVID-19 numbers in Memphis and the Mid-South. On this page you will find case information for Shelby County, as well as the states of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas. 

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4,107 new cases & 36 new deaths in Arkansas

2:35 p.m. - The Arkansas Department of Health reports 4,107 new COVID-19 cases and 36 new deaths, for a total of 238,888 cases and 3,836 deaths in the state.

There are currently 1,351 active cases in Arkansas.

Find the full breakdown from the Arkansas Department of Health HERE. 


5,399 new cases & 99 new deaths in Tennessee

2:00 p.m. - The Tennessee Department of Health reports 5,399 new COVID-19 cases and 99 new deaths, for a total of 617,649 cases and 7,267 deaths in the state.

There are currently 3,246 hospitalizations in Tennessee.

Find the full breakdown from the Tennessee Department of Health HERE.


WATCH: Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson gives update on COVID-19 in the state

1:30 p.m. - Watch HERE.


30 inmates have active cases of COVID-19 at Desoto County Jail

12:15 p.m. - Desoto County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday that 30 inmates - 24 women and 6 men - out of 450 have active cases of COVID-19.

(NEWS RELEASE) - As of 1/5/2021, the novel coronavirus pandemic has penetrated every type of business and government institution in the world. Currently, there are more than 22 million active positive cases of coronavirus worldwide. The DeSoto County Adult Detention Facility (DCADF) has 30 of those active cases out of 450 inmates in custody. All 30 of these inmates with a positive case have mild to no symptoms and are being monitored regularly by medical staff. 

The staff at the DCADF takes these cases very seriously and has implemented multiple operational protocols and procedures to prevent further spread of the coronavirus in the facility and ensure those inmates with active cases have a successful outcome. Some of these procedures include increased sanitation in the facility, issuing cloth masks to inmates, informing inmates of good hygiene practices, quarantining all newly admitted inmates in the facility for seven days, isolating positive cases, and quarantining inmates who were in contact with an inmate who tested positive for coronavirus. All inmates that display symptoms of the coronavirus are tested by medical staff and treated accordingly. This is a contagious virus and additional positive cases are possible. They will be handled in the same manner. 

The 30 cases include 24 women and 6 men. Due to limited space in our facility for female inmates, all female inmates were tested by the medical staff.

Unlike many other types of businesses and government institutions, DCADF does not have the option to close its doors. DCADF provides an essential service to the community that can’t be put on hold. The mission statement of DCADF is to maintain public safety by providing care, custody, and control of incarcerated persons. We will continue to follow that mission statement. The true heroes during this pandemic are the men and women who report to work every day to accomplish this mission and serve the people of Desoto County. The job the staff has done since the beginning of this pandemic has been tremendous. The facility has had fewer than 100 positive cases out of more than 12,000 inmates that have been admitted to the facility.


WATCH: Memphis & Shelby County COVID-19 Task Force briefing

12:00 p.m. - Watch HERE.


390 new cases & 20 new deaths in Shelby County

10:00 a.m. - The Shelby County Health Department reports 390 new COVID-19 cases and 20 new deaths, for a total of 70,532 cases and 945 deaths in the county.

There have been 62,435 recoveries in Shelby County.

Find the full breakdown from the Shelby County Health Department HERE. 


1,767 new cases & 91 new deaths in Mississippi

9:45 a.m. - The Mississippi State Department of Health reports 1,767 new COVID-19 cases and 91 new deaths, for a total of 210,032 cases and 4,719 deaths in the state.

Desoto County has a total of 15,363 cases and 145 deaths in the county.

Find the full breakdown from the Mississippi State Department of Health HERE.

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