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Mid-South coronavirus live updates: WATCH: Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves gives update on COVID-19 in the state

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


July 24: Shelby County Health Department issues new directive


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

2:30 p.m. - Watch HERE.

LIVE: Governor Tate Reeves

Today, we are announcing additional measures in 6 counties and putting some restrictions on bars and social gatherings to prevent reckless spread among young, drunk people—our most challenging group.

Posted by Tate Reeves on Friday, July 24, 2020


2,091 new cases & 13 new deaths in TN; nearly 53,000 recoveries

2:00 p.m. - The Tennessee Department of Health reports 2,091 new COVID-19 cases and 13 new deaths, for a total of 89,078 cases and 938 deaths in the state.

There are 4,120 hospitalizations, and 52,983 recoveries. 1,321,707 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.

(KTHV) - Last week, Gov. Hutchinson announced a state-wide mandate for the state of Arkansas. The mask mandate will take effect on Monday, July 20.

The governor said this decision came after conversations with those on the front-lines and legislators. He said that the fight against COVID-19 will likely get harder, not easier, and this is a way to enlist everyone in the fight.

The state unemployment rate decreased from 9.6% in May to 8% in June. The national rate is 11.1%.

Key facts to know:

  • 36,259 known positive cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas
  • 7,009 active cases as of July 23
  • 386 reported deaths as of July 23
  • 480 hospitalizations 
  • 107 on ventilators
  • 28,864 recoveries as of July 23

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


1,610 new cases & 23 new deaths in MS; 78 new cases in Desoto County 

12:00 p.m. - The Mississippi State Department of Health reports 1,610 new COVID-19 cases and 28 new deaths, for a total of 49,663 cases and 1,463 deaths in the state.

Desoto County has 78 new cases and no new deaths.

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


REMINDER: Free COVID-19 Testing Saturday at Landers Center 

  • WHAT: COVID-19 Drive-through Testing
  • WHEN: Saturday, July 25, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • WHERE: Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive, Southaven

(NEWS RELEASE) - The Mississippi Health Department and University of Mississippi Medical Center will hold free drive-through COVID-19 Testing Saturday, July 25 at the Landers Center in Southaven. Testing is by appointment only from 10am-2pm.

Testing is available for anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat; or who has a known or potential exposure to someone confirmed with the virus. Screenings for appointments have moved online.

Those requesting a test now must complete a questionnaire at umc.edu/covidscreening. They can also call UMMC at (601) 496-7200 from 8am-5pm Monday-Saturday. DeSoto County is not conducting the testing - but is supporting the state and UMMC at the site.

The Mississippi State Department of Health’s most recent numbers show a total of 2663 COVID-19 cases and 21 deaths in Desoto County.


374 new cases & 3 new deaths in Shelby County; more than 12,819 recoveries

10:00 a.m. - The Shelby County Health Department reports 374 new COVID-19 cases and 3 new deaths, for a total of 18,058 cases and 259 deaths in the county.

12,819 have recovered in the county. 183,183 have been tested in the county.

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

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris released THIS update Friday.

We continue to adjust to life amid COVID-19, since the virus will likely be with us for the foreseeable future. We have all made important sacrifices. But we are at a pivotal point, and we must not let up. That's why masks are now required in public settings.


Mid-South Food Bank mobile pantry locations for Friday

10:00 a.m. - Memphis, Iglesia Nueva Vida, 7981 Summer Ave., 38133

10:00 a.m. - Memphis, Ridgegrove Church of Christ, 2631 Hawkins Mill Rd., 38127

10:00 a.m. - Marshall Cty, MS- Hopewell II, 249 Hwy 313 E. Holly Springs 38635

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Benton Cty, MS- 17136 Hwy 5, Ashland, 38603

MOBILE PANTRY SCHEDULE HORARIO DE DESPENSA MÓVIL Bring driver's license OR a current utility or other bill that verifies name and address in the county where the distribution takes place. Los clientes deben traer una forma de identificación que indique que son residentes del estado en donde se hará la distribución (licencia de conducir, o una factura de servicios públicos o otra factura con dirección de domicilio).

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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.