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Mid-South coronavirus live updates: Breaking down the latest COVID-19 data in the Mid-South

With more news coming in every hour about the coronavirus, this post will update you with the latest you need to know.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus and cases are spreading around the Mid-South since the virus arrived in the United States in February.

At Local 24, our coverage of the coronavirus is rooted in Facts, not Fear. Visit our coronavirus section for comprehensive coverage, find out what you need to know about COVID-19, learn more about the symptoms, and keep tabs on the cases around the world here.

We will continue to track the most important coronavirus elements relating to Memphis and the Mid-South on this page. Refresh often for new information



WATCH: Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee gives update on COVID-19 in the state

3:00 p.m. - Watch HERE.



2,252 new cases & 42 new deaths in TN; more than 77,500 recoveries

2:00 p.m. - The Tennessee Department of Health reports 2,252 new COVID-19 cases and 42 new deaths, for a total of 116,350 cases and 1,186 deaths in the state.

There have been 5,109 hospitalizations and 77,558 have recovered. 1,633,642 have been tested in the state.

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


WATCH: Arkansas Health Department update on COVID-19

1:30 p.m. - Watch HERE.

COVID-19 update

Join us for a live update about COVID-19.

Posted by Arkansas Department of Health on Thursday, August 6, 2020

Key facts to know:

  • 47,028 known positive cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas 
  • 6,958 active cases
  • 515 reported deaths 
  • 514 hospitalizations
  • 111 on ventilators
  • 39,555 recoveries

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


956 new cases & 21 new deaths in MS; 51 new cases & 1 new death in Desoto County

12:50 a.m. - The Mississippi State Department of Health reports 956 new COVID-19 cases and 21 new deaths, for a total of 64,400 cases and 1,825 deaths in the state.

Desoto County has 51 new cases and one new deaths, for a total or 3,523 cases and 28 deaths in the county.

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


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

12:00 p.m. - Watch HERE.

August 6 - City of Memphis/Shelby County Joint Covid Task Force Update

August 6 - City of Memphis/Shelby County Joint Covid Task Force Update

Posted by City of Memphis on Thursday, August 6, 2020


235 new cases & 4 new deaths in Shelby County; more than 17,700 recoveries

10:00 a.m. - The Shelby County Health Department reports 235 new COVID-19 cases and 4 new deaths, for a total of 22,552 cases and 297 deaths in the county.

There are 17,797 recoveries in Shelby County.

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


Mid-South Food Bank mobile pantry locations for Thursday

  • Memphis, Sister's Keeper, 685 Mallory 38106, 10 a.m.
  • Memphis, Northaven Elementary, 5157 N. Circle Rd 38127, 10 a.m. Kid Friendly
  • Memphis, Shady Grove MBC, 1821 Kansas St. 38109, 9 a.m.  No more than 2 households per vehicle; proof of residence required
  • Tate Cty, MS- Solid Rock, 16938 Highway 4 East, Senatobia 38654, 9:30 a.m.


Coronavirus in Context: 

The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to the flu or a bad cold. Symptoms include a fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Most healthy people will have mild symptoms. A study of more than 72,000 patients by the Centers for Disease Control in China showed 80-percent of the cases there were mild.

But infections can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death, according to the World Health Organization. Older people with underlying health conditions are most at risk.

The CDC believes symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after being exposed.

Lower your risk

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 
  • If you are 60 or over and have an underlying health condition such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD, the World Health Organization advises you to try to avoid crowds or places where you might interact with people who are sick.