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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: Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee gives update on COVID-19 in the state

3:00 p.m. - Watch HERE.


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

2:30 p.m. - Watch HERE.

LIVE: Governor Tate Reeves

We are making progress—day by day. Stay smart. Stay cautious. Your efforts are working.

Posted by Tate Reeves on Tuesday, August 11, 2020


1,001 new cases & 38 new deaths in TN; more than 85,300 recoveries

2:00 p.m. - The Tennessee Department of Health reports 1,001 new COVID-19 cases and 38 new deaths, for a total of 124,915 cases and 1,271 deaths in the state.

There have been 5,464 hospitalizations, and 85,313 recoveries. 1,738,875 have been tested.

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:

  • 50,411 known positive cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas 
  • 7,343 active cases
  • 566 reported deaths 
  • 507 hospitalizations
  • 116 on ventilators
  • 42,139 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.

Posted by City of Memphis on Tuesday, August 11, 2020


644 new cases & 33 new deaths in MS; 30 new cases & 1 new death in Desoto County

11:20 a.m. - The Mississippi State Department of Health reports 644 new COVID-19 cases and 33 new deaths, for a total of 68,293 cases and 1,944 deaths in the state.

Desoto County has 30 new cases and 1 new death, for a total of 3,710 cases and 31 deaths. The MSDH says a previous death reported in Desoto County was actually a Tennessee resident, and *31 represents the corrected total number of deaths in Desoto County.

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


247 new cases & 4 new deaths in Shelby County; more than 19,300 recoveries

9:50 a.m. - The Shelby County Health Department reports 247 new COVID-19 cases and 4 new deaths, for a total of 24.057 cases and 308 deaths in the county.

223,083 have been tested in the county. 19,339 have recovered.

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


Mid-South Food Bank mobile pantry location for Tuesday

  • Madison Cty, TN- Friends of Omega, 340 N Hays Ave. Jackson 38301, 10 a.m.
  • Coahoma Cty, MS - 414 Second Street, Jonestown, MS 38639, 10 a.m. Kid Friendly


Blood donors NEEDED

Kroger – Poplar Plaza and The Salvation Army Kroc Center will be partnering with Vitalant (formally Lifeblood) to host two blood drives on Tuesday, August 11. Potential donors may click on one of the links below to schedule a donation appointment. 

Vitalant’s mobile unit will be in the Kroger parking lot 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and in The Salvation Army Kroc Center parking lot from 12:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Walk-ups will be accepted as scheduling permits; however, appointments are highly recommended to assure that all donors are managed within the outlined social distancing guidelines.

To meet the needs of our local medical community Vitalant needs to collect 300 units of blood each day.

One donor has the power to save up to 3 lives with one donation!

To expedite your donation process, please remember to download the Vitalant App, on your mobile device, or click here to complete the online Fast Track Health Questionnaire. Please note - this questionnaire should ONLY be completed on the day of your donation to be valid.

To prepare for donation, donors should remember to do the following prior to their donation time:

  • bring a photo ID
  • eat a hearty meal
  • drink plenty of water (not sodas nor coffee)

Donors are required to bring and wear a face covering while in the donation center or mobile unit.


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.