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


879 new cases & 31 new deaths in Tennessee; nearly 173,000 recoveries

2:00 p.m. - The Tennessee Department of Health reports 879 new COVID-19 cases and 31 new deaths, for a total of 194,611 cases and 2,420 deaths in the state.

There are currently 795 hospitalizations, 177,945 recoveries, and 2,853,067 have been tested 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.


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

12:00 p.m. - Watch HERE.


589 new cases & 36 new deaths in Mississippi; 28 new cases in Desoto County

11:05 a.m. - The Mississippi State Department of Health reports 589 new COVID-19 cases and 36 new deaths, for a total of 97,638 cases and 2,957 deaths in the state.

Desoto County has 28 new cases and 4 new deaths, for a total of 5,678 cases and 63 deaths in the county.

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


71 new cases & no new deaths in Shelby County; more than 29,000 recoveries

10:00 a.m. - The Shelby County Health Department reports 71 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths, for a total of 31,462 cases and 457 deaths in the county.

There have been 29,345 recoveries in the county.

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


Mid-South Food Bank mobile pantry location for Tuesday

7:00 a.m.:

  • Memphis, MLGW, 4949 Raleigh LaGrange 38128, 10 a.m
  • Coahoma Cty, MS- Jamestown Multipurpose, 414 2nd St. Jonestown 38639, 9:30 a.m. Kid Friendly
  • Tishimingo Cty, MS- Food Depot, 1701 Paul Edmondson Iuka 38852, 10 a.m.- Noon
  • Tate Cty, MS- Solid Rock, 16938 Hwy 4 East Senatobia 38668, 2 p.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.