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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. 

Refresh often for new information. 



2,141 new cases & 26 new deaths in Arkansas

2:20 p.m. - The Arkansas Department of Health reports 2,141 new COVID-19 cases and 26 new deaths, for a total of 189,198 cases and 3,016 deaths in the state.

There are currently 20,690 active cases in the state.

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


8,251 new cases & 74 new deaths in Tennessee

2:00 p.m. - The Tennessee Department of health reports 8,251 new COVID-19 cases and 74 new deaths, for a total of 472,875 cases and 5,615 deaths in the state.

There are currently 2,821 hospitalizations in the state.

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


Shelby County Health Department temporarily closes 6 businesses for COVID-19 violations

1:30 p.m. - (Shelby County Health Department News Release) - The following locations were closed by the Health Department the weekend of December 11-14, for 14 days each, due to multiple documented violations of requirements and provisions of Health Directive 15. 

This is based on enforcement inspections conducted Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12. 

The locations may petition to reopen by submitting plans for coming into compliance with the Health Directive. Each establishment was given instructions on how to submit their plans.

There will be no additional comments in terms of specifics but all of the businesses are aware of those reasons.

Here’s the places closed between Friday and Monday.

December 12 2020

  • Chardonnay Bistro
    • 4205 Hacks Cross
    • Memphis 38125
  • El Corral
    • 3870 Macon Rd
    • Memphis 38122

December 14 2020

  • Agavos
    • 2924 Walnut Grove
    • Memphis 38111
  • Carolina Watershed
    • 141 E Carolina Ave
    • Memphis 38126
  • Legacy Bar & Grill
    • 11695 US 70
    • Arlington 38002
  • Smoker's Abbey
    • 2382 N Germantown Pkwy
    • Cordova 38016


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

1:30 p.m. - Watch HERE.


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

12:00 p.m. - Watch HERE.


COVID-19 surge testing in Memphis

10:45 a.m. - The city of Memphis is providing free COVID-19 testing at Tiger Lane. The testing is available Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., but will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

If you're interested, just head to Tiger Lane, using the entrance on Central Avenue.


893 new cases & 9 new deaths in Shelby County

10:00 a.m. - The Shelby County Health Department reports 893 new COVID-19 cases and nine new deaths, for a total of 56,820 cases and 752 deaths in the county.

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


54 students & 42 staff test positive at Desoto County Schools

9:59 a.m. - There’s another spike in COVID-19 cases inside Desoto County Schools. The district said between December 7th through the 11th, 54 students and 42 staff members tested positive. 525 students are now quarantined.

Credit: Desoto County Schools
Desoto County Schools COVID #'s released 12/15/2020


2,205 new cases & 48 new deaths in Mississippi

9:50 a.m. - The Mississippi State Department of Health reports 2,205 new COVID-19 cases and 48 new deaths, for a total of 183,300 cases and 4,252 deaths in the state.

Desoto County has a total of 12,217 cases and 115 deaths in the county.

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

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