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Mid-South coronavirus live updates: UAMS has scheduled a free drive-thru testing event in Eastern Arkansas for Thursday

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


Drive-thru testing in Elaine, AR scheduled for June 4

A FREE community drive-thru evaluation clinic for COVID-19 will be conducted by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

The testing will be held from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Elaine Fire Department, 206 Main St.


98 new cases & 3 new deaths in Shelby County (5,412 cases/116 deaths total); 3,663 recoveries

10:00 a.m. - The Shelby County Health Department reports 98 new COVID-19 cases, with 3 new deaths, for a total of 5,412 cases and 116 deaths in the county.

3,663 have recovered. 79,715 have been tested in the county.


Tristate Community Health Center is offering FREE testing today

Tristate Community Health Center is a community based Federally Qualified Health Center located at 4041 Knight Arnold Road, will be offering FREE TESTING WITH OR WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT today, Wednesday, June 3.

  • Time: 4pm – 7pm
  • Where: 4041 Knight Arnold Road, Memphis, TN 38118


FOR APPOINTMENT CALL: (901) 572-1573


Mid-South Food Bank mobile pantry locations for Wednesday, June 3

  • Memphis, Idlewild Presbyterian, 1750 Union 38104, 9 a.m. 
  • Memphis, Eastside Comm Church, 1503 Colonial Rd 38117, 10 a.m.

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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.