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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



Shelby County Health Department closes 5 businesses for violating COVID-19 directives

3:20 p.m. - The Shelby County Health Department says it has shut down five businesses for violating COVID-19 health directives.

The county says it visited these and 8 other businesses after receiving complaint calls. The other 8 were deemed compliant.

(NEWS RELEASE) - All these business had complaint calls into the Mayor’s Action Center and the County Attorney’s Office. These were the first businesses closed by the Health Department and there have been NO previous closings to this point.

These are the 5 establishments the health department closed this weekend for violations of Health Directive 11:

  • The Indulge Lounge, 5959 Winchester Rd, Memphis 38115
  • In Love Memphis, 7144 Winchester Road, Memphis TN 38115
  • DUBAI HOOKAH BAR, 6700 Winchester Rd. Memphis 38115
  • MENUE CLUB, 6642 Winchester Road Memphis 38115
  • HEIGHT Lounge, 6813 Winchester Rd. Memphis 38115

Eight (8) other businesses were visited and deemed to be compliant; They are;

  1. LAFAYETTE’s –on Madison, -- COMPLIANT
  2. THE BLUES CLUB- on Airways Blvd-- COMPLIANT
  4. ROBATA RESTAURANT ---on Madison Square; --COMPLIANT
  5. LOCAL –on Madison Square-- COMPLIANT
  6. BLOW HOOKAH LOUNGE---Exocet Drive, Cordova--COMPLIANT
  7. BAYOU BAR & GRILL—Overton Square--- COMPLIANT


WATCH: Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves gives update on COVID-19 in the state

2:30 p.m. - Watch HERE.


645 new cases & 27 new deaths in TN; more than 148,000 recoveries

2:00 p.m. - The Tennessee Department of Health reports 645 new COVID-19 cases and 27 new deaths, for a total of 165,754 cases and 1,896 deaths in the state.

There are currently 844 hospitalizations, and 148,165 recoveries. 2,346,581 have been tested.

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


19 new COVID-19 student cases & 131 new quarantines in Desoto County Schools

1:45 p.m. - Desoto County Schools released is COVID-19 numbers for last week.

From August 31 to September 4, the district says there have been 19 "new confirmed COVID student cases in the school setting." They say there are 131 new student quarantines resulting from close contact.

Below is the full chart: (You can also find it HERE.)


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

1:30 p.m. - Watch HERE.

Key facts to know:

  • 66,021 known positive cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas 
  • 6,062 active cases
  • 917 reported deaths
  • 409 hospitalizations
  • 84 on ventilators
  • 59,216 recoveries

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


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

12:00 p.m. - Watch HERE.


249 new cases & no new deaths in MS; 22 new cases in Desoto County

10:00 a.m. - The Mississippi State Department of Health reports 249 new cases and no new deaths in the state, for a total of 87,379 cases and 2,585 deaths in the state.

Desoto County has 22 new cases and no new deaths, for a total of 4,953 cases and 50 deaths in the county.

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


146 new cases & no new deaths in Shelby County; more than 26,000 recoveries

10:00 a.m. - The Shelby County Health Department reports 146 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths, for a total of 28,478 cases and 397 deaths in the county.

There have been 26,256 recoveries in the county.

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


Mississippi Department of Health shares the stories of two COVID-19 survivors


Mid-South Food Bank mobile pantry locations for Tuesday

  • Memphis, RedZone Ministries, 2590 Park Ave. 38114, 10 a.m. 38114 Zip Code ONLY
  • Haywood Cty, TN- Brownsville Baptist, 5 N. Wilson Brownsville 38012, 10 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.