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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



Germantown to reopen playgrounds Saturday, September 19th

2:30 p.m. - (NEWS RELEASE) - We know Germantown families have been eagerly awaiting the reopening of City playground equipment. We want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding throughout the duration of the closure. The Parks and Recreation department in conjunction with the City’s Grounds Maintenance crews will reopen all City playgrounds on Saturday, September 19. Some playgrounds may not have all swings rehung before Saturday’s reopening; however, users are still welcome to safely play on the other structures.

While we know the reopening of the playgrounds brings great excitement, we must continue to be vigilant in our fight against COVID-19. New signage will be placed at all playgrounds reminding users that the surfaces are not regularly sanitized and to use the equipment at your own risk. Playground users and bystanders also must continue to follow all recommended social distancing practices

See below for some additional safety reminders if you plan on visiting a playground during COVID-19:

  • Stay at home if you are showing ANY symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough or shortness of breath.
  • Wash hands before and after your visit to the playground. Individuals are strongly encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer.
  • Continue to practice social distancing and stay six feet apart from others.


1,856 new cases & 24 new deaths in TN; more than 160,000 recoveries

2:00 p.m. - The Tennessee Department of Health reports 1,856 new COVID-19 cases and 24 new deaths, for a total of 177,087 cases and 2,151 deaths in the state.

There are currently 791 hospitalizations and 160,202 recoveries. 2,537,723 have been tested in the state.

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.

Key facts to know:

  • 70,731 known positive cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas
  • 1,232 probable cases
  • 5,572 active cases
  • 1,010 reported deaths
  • 139 probable deaths
  • 387 hospitalizations
  • 65 on ventilators
  • 64,145 recoveries

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


22 inmates total have tested positive for COVID-19 at Desoto County Detention Center

12:00 p.m. - (NEWS RELEASE) - The Mississippi State Department of Health conducted mass testing for COVID-19 at the DeSoto County Detention Center in Hernando, Friday, September 11th.

This decision was made after 11 inmates out of 17 previously tested positive for the virus.

265 inmates opted to test Friday.108 chose not to be tested. 36 staff members were also tested.

Results show 11 inmates tested positive for COVID-19. Six of those inmates were already quarantined due to symptoms. There are no serious cases. No inmates have been hospitalized.

Staff members tested negative.

The total number of positive cases is 22 inmates.

The 11 inmates who first tested positive have all recovered and are back in general population. The other 11 inmates are quarantined for several more days.

The DCSD is pleased with the low number of positive cases. Our staff has done an outstanding job keeping the jail sanitized and clean. Despite the risk, staff members have come to work every day during the pandemic. We are grateful for them and their unwavering dedication.


174 new cases & 5 new deaths in Shelby County; more than 27,500 recoveries

10:00 a.m. - The Shelby County Health Department reports 174 new COVID-19 cases and 5 new deaths, for a total of 29,504 cases and 429 deaths in the county.

There have been 27,577 recoveries in the county.

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


711 new cases & 22 new deaths in MS; 52 new cases in Desoto County

10:05 a.m. - The Mississippi State Department of Health reports 505 new COVID-19 cases and 28 new deaths, for a total of 90,523 cases and 2,734 deaths in the state.

Desoto County has 52 new cases and no new deaths, for a total of 5,276 cases and 53 deaths in the county.

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


Mid-South Food Bank mobile pantry locations for Wednesday

6:40 a.m.:

  • Memphis, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 60 S. Parkway E. 38106, 9 a.m. No more than 2 HH per car and must provide proof of residence
  • Memphis, Idlewild Presbyterian Church, 1750 Union 38104, 9 a.m.
  • Monroe Cty, MS- St. James UMC, 506 MLK Blvd. Amory 38821, 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.