23 deaths, more than 2,000 cases of COVID-19 reported in Tennessee; 428 cases in Shelby County

Gov. Bill Lee gives COVID-19 briefing March 31

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Tennessee health officials are reporting nearly two dozen deaths and more than 2,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus as of Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, there are 2,239 confirmed cases in the state and 428 cases in Shelby County.

There have been 23 deaths across Tennessee, including three in Shelby County.

Shelby County Health Department director Alisa Haushalter said Tuesday all three deaths were people between 50 and 60 years old.

One of those deaths was Tim Russell, a pastor at Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis.

Map of Shelby County COVID-19 cases as of March 30
Map of Shelby County COVID-19 cases as of March 30 (Source: WMC)

According to data from both state and local health departments, people 21 to 30 years old account for the highest percentage of cases. This is the breakdown by age, according to the Tennessee Department of Health:

  • 0 to 10 -- 24
  • 11 to 20 -- 107
  • 21 to 30 -- 566
  • 31 to 40 -- 346
  • 41 to 50 -- 351
  • 51 to 60 -- 368
  • 61 to 70 -- 254
  • 71 to 80 -- 144
  • 80+ -- 63
  • Pending -- 16
Shelby County Health Dept. coronavirus update March 31

SCHD director Alisa Haushalter confirmed Monday there is an outbreak at a local assisted living facility. So far, six people have tested positive. Results are pending on four more.

On Sunday, more than 100 residents and staff at the Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Two people died. Nearly two dozen residents were evacuated.

According to the governor’s office, the facility is being cleaned and disinfected thoroughly.

Tenn. nursing home evacuated, more than 100 residents and staff have COVID-19

Other counties in the Mid-South with positive cases include:

  • Crittenden (Arkansas) -- 17
  • Cross (Arkansas) -- 1 to 4
  • Poinsett (Arkansas) -- 5
  • St. Francis (Arkansas) -- 1 to 4
  • Alcorn (Mississippi) -- 1
  • Coahoma (Mississippi) -- 20
  • DeSoto (Mississippi) -- 77
  • Lafayette (Mississippi) -- 14
  • Marshall (Mississippi) -- 13
  • Panola (Mississippi) -- 6
  • Quitman (Mississippi) -- 4
  • Tate (Mississippi) -- 11
  • Tippah -- 23; 2 deaths
  • Tunica (Mississippi) -- 12; 1 death
  • Dyer (Tennessee) -- 3
  • Fayette (Tennessee) -- 12
  • Hardeman (Tennessee) -- 1
  • Haywood (Tennessee) -- 2
  • McNairy (Tennessee) -- 1
  • Tipton (Tennessee) -- 21

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