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Mid-South coronavirus live updates: Breaking down the 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



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

2:30 p.m. - Watch HERE.

LIVE: Governor Tate Reeves

We want to allow schools and sports to happen this fall. We have to make sure they happen safely. Today, I am signing an executive order limiting spectators at K-12 extracurricular events. Limit crowds and let them play.

Posted by Tate Reeves on Friday, August 14, 2020

Reeves limits spectators at K-12 extracurricular events, including football

(NEWS RELEASE) - Today, Governor Tate Reeves announced that he is extending the social distancing measures under the Safe Return order, including the statewide mask mandate, and issuing crowd-size limitations on K-12 extracurricular activities in the state's ongoing fight to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Continuing to work closely with Dr. Thomas Dobbs and other state health experts on data-driven, measured strategies to limit transmission, the Governor has extend the social distancing measures an additional two weeks until Monday, August 31 at 8:00 AM. Governor Reeves is also amending the Safe Return order, placing an attendance cap on all K-12 extracurricular activities, such as football and band concerts, to no more than two spectators per participant. Each extracurricular event must have a dedicated Safety Officer to ensure all social distancing measures are followed as well.

"Sports and these other activities are instrumental in the lives of our young Mississippians. They teach discipline and responsibility in a way that can’t be replicated," said Governor Tate Reeves at his press briefing today. "That said, we are living through a pandemic. One of my greatest concerns heading into this school season has been sports and those other events which cause the community to come out in crowds. Twenty-two players on a field is not going to overwhelm a local hospital. Two thousand people in a small school’s bleachers might."

Governor Reeves made the announcements at today's press briefing, which you can view on our Facebook page here.

You can view the text version of Executive Order No. 1518 here. Signed versions of all executive orders related to COVID-19 can be found on our website at governorreeves.ms.gov/covid-19.


1,947 new cases & 13 new deaths in TN; more than 91,300 recoveries

2:00 p.m. - The Tennessee Department of Health reports 1,947 new COVID-19 cases and 13 new deaths, for a total of 130,458 cases and 1,326 deaths in the state.

There have been 5,725 hospitalizations, and 91,323 have recovered. 1,809,900 tests have been given 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:

  • 52,392 known positive cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas 
  • 6,582 active cases
  • 587 reported deaths 
  • 466 hospitalizations
  • 113 on ventilators
  • 44,602 recoveries

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


944 new cases & 32 new deaths in MS; 36 new cases & 1 new death in Desoto County

11:45 a.m. - The Mississippi State Department of Health reports 944 new COVID-19 cases and 32 new deaths, for a total of 70,930 cases and 2,043 deaths in the state.

Desoto County has 36 new cases and one new death, for a total of 3,832 cases and 33 deaths in the county.

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


200 new cases & 3 new deaths in Shelby County; more than 20,300 recoveries

10:00 a.m. - The Shelby County Health Department reports 200 new COVID-19 cases and 3 new deaths, for a total of 24,547 cases and 319 deaths in the county.

There have been 20,371 recoveries in the county.

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


There are NO Mobile Pantries scheduled Friday. You can find a food pantry in your zip code using the Mid-South Food Bank website


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.