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

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


The Tennessee Department of Health reports 2,450 new COVID-19 cases and 19 new deaths for a total of 174,274 cases and 2,097 deaths in the state.

There are currently 703 hospitalizations, 156,808 recoveries, and 2,487,707 have been tested in the state.

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


Mississippi Governor extends Safe Return order and relaxes restrictions on businesses, social gatherings

11:45 a.m. - Governor Tate Reeves announced Monday that he is extending the social distancing measures under the Safe Return order with a few amendments relaxing restrictions as Mississippi flattens the curve on new COVID-19 cases.

Continuing to work with state and national health experts on a data-driven, measured strategy to limit transmission, Governor Reeves has extended the Safe Return order until Wednesday, September 30 at 5:00 PM.

Under the amended Safe Return order, group gathering limitations are now at no more than 10 indoors or 50 outdoors when social distancing is not possible. If people are able to social distance, group gatherings are set at no more than 20 indoors or 100 outdoors.

Maximum capacity has also been increased to 75% for retail businesses, restaurants, gyms, and seated dinners at reception halls and conference centers. Party sizes in restaurants are now limited to 10 people per table, and gyms can be open 24 hours a day.

You can view the signed Executive Order No. 1522 here. Signed versions of all executive orders related to COVID-19 can be found on our website at governorreeves.ms.gov/covid-19.


145 new cases & 9 new deaths in Mississippi; 44 new cases & 0 new deaths in Desoto County

10:25 a.m. - The Mississippi State Department of Health reports 145 new COVID-19 cases and 9 new deaths, for a total of 90,018 cases and 2,706 deaths in the state.

Desoto County has 44 new cases and 0 new deaths, for a total of 5,173 cases and 53 deaths in the county.

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


105 new cases & 6 new deaths in Shelby County; more than 27,000 recoveries

10:00 a.m. - The Shelby County Department of Health reports 105 new cases and 6 new deaths, for a total of 29,117 cases and 424 deaths in the county.

There have been 27,294 recoveries in the county.

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


Mid-South Food Bank mobile pantry locations for Monday

7:10 a.m.:

  • Marshall Cty, MS- 295 E. Francisco Holly Springs 38635 PRE REGISTER 662-252-1336 OR BRING DRIVERS LICENSE MARSHALL ONLY
  • Marshall Cty, MS- Davis Temple, 235 N. Memphis Holly Springs 38635, 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.