Hospitals prepared to make beds available for COVID-19 patients

Here at Baptist Memphis there are about 17 patients with COVID-19 in ICU. But what happens if that number starts to grow?

Arlington’s final football game canceled after players test positive for COVID-19

  TDH: Over 2,200 new virus cases, 18 additional deaths reported in Tennessee

  How will the COVID-19 vaccine be distributed across Tennessee?

  WATCH: Infectious disease expert at Memphis hospital answers questions about COVID-19

  COVID-19 in Mississippi: 112,123 cases, 3,223 deaths reported by health dept.

  WATCH: Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare gives update on COVID-19

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  Best Life: Gastric bypass vs gastric sleeve for weight loss

  Best Life: Speak-up! Are you a victim of ‘Gaslighting’?

  Mask mandate goes into effect for 9 Miss. counties

  Some rural West Tennessee counties see rise in COVID-19 cases

  Gov. on NEA: “You’ve got contrarians. I hope you have leaders who will say this is important to our hospitals.”

  Shelby Co. Health Dept. keeping close eye on hospital capacity with fall surge of COVID-19 underway

  Tennessee launches new COVID-19 website improving data flow

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced the launch of a new statewide COVID-19 website during his weekly COVID-19 briefing Tuesday.

  TDH reports 1,508 new COVID-19 cases, 30 additional virus deaths in Tennessee

The Shelby County Health Department has reported 342 new coronavirus cases and one more death within the last 24 hours.

  Bottom Line: New twists on vacation homes during pandemic

COVID-19 has turned the home-renting industry on its head with hosts dealing with unpredictable cancelations and guests finding very little options available on mainstream sites.

  Best Life: Lifestyle changes can help prevent headaches

Did you know there are about 200 types of headaches? But even for severe ones like migraines and recurring tension headaches, you shouldn’t always reach for meds right away.

  Best Life: New treatment for COVID-19 patients who spent time on ventilators

  Blytheville man details his experience working the 2020 NBA Bubble

Gov. Lee extends authority for county mayors to continue mask mandates

  Surgery with short recovery time beneficial during pandemic

  COVID-19 hospitalizations on the rise in Mississippi; governor issues new mask mandate for 9 counties

  Gov. Reeves announces mask mandate for 9 counties

  TDH reports over 3,300 new coronavirus cases, 13 deaths in Tennessee

The Shelby County Health Department reports an increase of 287 cases, bringing the county’s total to 34,508.

As virus cases rise, Rep. Thompson suggests Mississippi reimplement statewide mask mandate

Gov. Reeves is set to provide an update on the virus and the state’s response to it Monday at 2:30 p.m.

DeSoto Co. releases information on COVID-19 cases at each school

Leaders with DeSoto County Schools released a chart showing the number of COVID-19 cases at each school

3 indicted in alleged $1.1 million COVID-19 relief fraud

Three suspects associated with Better Days Tax Service have been charged for $1.1 million in fraudulently obtained COVID-19 related economic injury disaster loans.

  Best Life: New radioactive tiles help in the fight against brain cancer

Adenocarcinoma in the brain is most often cancer that has started in the lungs or the colon and spread. It is an aggressive, relentless disease.

  Best Life: TearCare defeats dry eye

Burning, tearing, blurry vision. About 16 million people in the U.S. suffer from dry eye disease. If left untreated, dry eye can cause irreversible damage.

  Health officials report more than 2,600 new COVID-19 cases, 6 additional deaths in Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Health reports 6 additional coronavirus-related deaths and more than 2,600 new COVID-19 cases in the Volunteer State.

  TDH: more than 2,600 new coronavirus cases, 32 more deaths reported in Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Health reports 32 new coronavirus-related deaths and more than 2,600 additional cases as of Saturday.

  Tennessee Dept. of Health reports technical issue that could render higher than normal COVID-19 numbers in the coming days

The Shelby County Health Department reported 250 new coronavirus cases across the county Friday. There were also two additional virus-related deaths reported within the last 24 hours.

  Tennessee governor calls for temporary suspension of accountability measures for pandemic-affected school year

“Given the unprecedented disruption that the COVID-19 pandemic and extended time away from the classroom has had on Tennessee’s students, my Administration will work with the General Assembly to bring forward a solution for this school year that alleviates any burdens associated with educator evalua

  Kroger gift cards offered at upcoming COVID-19 testing events in Shelby County

The Shelby County Health Department is offering an incentive to get more people tested for COVID-19.

  Best Life: Does Vitamin D help defend against COVID-19

The race to find a universal cure for COVID-19 is heating up. Now Vitamin D is making headlines as a possible factor to prevent and treat COVID-19.

  Best Life: Sleep deprived during COVID-19 pandemic

The National Sleep Foundation recommends adults get at least seven hours of sleep a night to stay healthy.

  The SCHD revises safe Halloween guidelines

The Shelby County Health Department is revising its recommendations for Halloween trick or treating. While it originally said trick or treating is not recommended, it’s now releasing best practices if families choose the holiday tradition.

  The military’s war on COVID-19

This is the biggest role the military has ever played in preparing for vaccine distribution to the public.

  Shelby County Health Dept. revises Halloween guidance, allows some events with pre-approved plans

Now, the health department says some events are OK with advanced SCHD approval of site-specific plans.

  More than 2,000 new cases, 31 additional hospitalizations in Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Health reports over 2,000 new COVID-19 cases in the Volunteer State with a total of more than 1,000 current hospitalizations as of Thursday.

  Best Life: New breakthroughs in child liver transplants

One out of five infants and one out of ten children die every year waiting for a liver. But now, new breakthroughs are helping more children get the lifesaving liver they so desperately need.

  Best Life: Risk factors to prevent breast cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most believe genes and age are risk factors for cancer, but there are some other lesser-known factors.

  Two names in Mid-South healthcare named in alleged fraud lawsuit

If you’ve been a patient at West Clinic in recent years you might have been referred for outpatient treatment within the Methodist Healthcare system.

  Health and education leaders call on Gov. Lee to issue a statewide mask mandate

As the COVID-19 cases rise in the state of Tennessee, health and education leaders are coming together to ask Governor Bill Lee to issue a statewide mask mandate.

  Health experts worry about COVID-19 impact on childhood obesity

Tennessee ranks high among the states with the highest childhood obesity rates according to a report released Wednesday morning. Health experts are concerned about how the pandemic will affect rates nationwide.

  Fertility advocates push for benefits legislation

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and only 19 states offer fertility insurance for those struggling to start a family.

Hutchinson announces rapid test distribution in Arkansas

Ark. has received 100,000 Abbott BinaxNOW rapid antigen tests and will receive about 50,000 more each week, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced at a news conference today.

  Tennessee currently has more than 19K active COVID-19 cases

The Shelby County Health Department reported 144 new coronavirus cases across the county Wednesday.

Tennessee governor quarantined after member of security detail tests positive for COVID-19

Governor Bill Lee’s weekly coronavirus briefing is canceled Wednesday while the governor is in quarantine.

  Best Life: Nurse creates multi-use tool

When a nurse saw she was spending hours away from patients looking for the right tools, she decided to take matters into her own hands.

  Best Life: Teen texting codes parents should be concerned about

Is your teen speaking in code? What sounds innocent could be a cover-up for talking about sex or drugs.

  COVID-19 vaccine trial administer at St. Jude paused after participant’s mystery illness

But Johnson & Johnson paused the trial Monday after a participant suffered a mystery illness.

  Ambulance company that serves rural Crittenden County unable to treat some patients

The ambulance company that serves rural residents is not licensed to perform certain services, like administering life-saving drugs to a person who had a heart attack, for instance.

  COVID-19 cases ticking back up in Shelby County

Health officials say the increase is not due to any backlog either. It’s real-time data and the health department says the fall wave of COVID-19 is here.

  One of Mid-South’s largest churches reopening for first time since pandemic shut its doors

Church leaders at Brown Missionary Baptist Church in Southaven say they’re excited to see some familiar faces as they welcome back their congregation for their first in-person worship this weekend.

  Shelby County Health Dept. issues guidance for Halloween; no parties allowed, trick-or-treating not recommended

Gatherings and events with large numbers of people, like parties, carnivals, festivals and haunted houses, are not permitted -- even if they are outdoors.

  Collierville, Millington schools say mask mandates will continue after health department’s new health directive

Believe it or not, schools are halfway through the first semester, and some parents are deciding what their child’s schooling will look like come the second semester.

  Collierville middle schools to transition to in-person learning in November

Collierville Schools has announced plans to transition middle school students who are currently attending school under a hybrid model to in-person learning.

  Tennessee has 19K active COVID-19 cases statewide; 23 deaths, 1,147 cases reported Tuesday

The Shelby County Health Department reported 347 new coronavirus cases across the county Monday. There were no additional virus-related deaths within the last 24 hours.

  Best Life: How your oral health can prevent psoriasis

About seven and a half million Americans have psoriasis and about 40% of those patients also have joint inflammation that produces painful arthritis symptoms.

  Best Life: Elder orphans, planning for life after a love on is gone

The Census Bureau reports the average age a wife becomes a widow is 59 and the fact that half of those widows outlive their husbands by 15 to 30 years can leave many women without the money they need to survive.

  New Shelby County health directive clarifies school authority and offers support for people facing eviction

The Shelby County Health Department issued Health Directive No. 14 Monday, set to go into effect at midnight.

  October is Depression Awareness Month: Here’s how depression can affect you

The Centers for Disease Control reports 4.7 percent of adults experience regular feelings of depression.

  Football teams connected to outbreaks at 2 DeSoto County Schools campuses

Southaven High school and DeSoto Central High School accounted for 54-percent of the district’s cases last week, according to DCS’s weekly update.

  Tennessee reports nearly 3K new COVID-19 cases, 7 more deaths

The Shelby County Health Department is reporting 159 new coronavirus cases and four more virus-related deaths across the county.

  Tennessee mayor dies after battle with COVID-19

Manchester, Tennessee Mayor Lonnie Norman spent the better part of two weeks hospitalized with COVID-19 complications.

  Best Life: 3D imaging helping in the fight against breast cancer

About 170,000 women will undergo lumpectomy this year to remove a cancerous breast tumor, but about one in five will need a second surgery to remove lingering cancer cells.

  Best Life: Domestic violence in the COVID-19 lockdown

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In 2019, nearly 20 people per minute were physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States.

TDH reports more than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases, 9 additional deaths in Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Health is reporting more than 2,000 new cases of COVID-19 in Tennessee and nine additional deaths.

  Restaurant owners concerned about surviving winter months despite loosened restrictions

Restaurants in Shelby County are now allowed to stay open later. But some owners say they’re worried that a lot of restaurants won’t survive without a huge showing of support this winter.

More than 1,600 new coronavirus cases, 26 more deaths reported in Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Health reports 26 more deaths in the Volunteer State and more than 1,600 new coronavirus cases.

  Mid-South school districts taking precautions ahead of fall break

School districts surrounding Shelby County are preparing to take extra precautions with students and their families possibly traveling over the upcoming fall break.

SCS confirms COVID-19 cluster within district

Shelby County Schools has confirmed a COVID-19 cluster within the district.

  TDH reports 27 new virus-related deaths, 1,556 new cases in Tennessee

Health officials have identified 1,556 new COVID-19 cases and an additional 27 deaths in Tennessee.

Shelby Co. Health Dept. to give away $125 Kroger gift cards at COVID-19 testing sites

The Shelby County Health Department is set to give away gift cards at its free, walk-up COVID-19 testing sites throughout October.

  Best Life: Foods that can help lower your blood pressure

Nearly half of adults in the U.S. have high blood pressure! Estimates show at least one in three Americans should be on blood pressure meds.

  Best Life: Doctors say loss of senses could be the first sign of COVID-19

Fever, coughing, shortness of breath. These are common well-known symptoms of COVID-19. But the loss of smell and taste has many baffled.

  Memphis International Airport expecting increase in travelers for fall break

Memphis International Airport is anticipating a busy travel week with Friday being one of their busiest since the pandemic started in March.

  Memphis chefs opening new restaurant amid the pandemic

At a time when so many restaurants are struggling and even closing because of COVID-19, two Memphis chefs are taking a big chance with a new business.

  SCS considering plans to get students back in the classroom

Shelby County Schools is figuring out how the district plans to return to in-person learning.

  More DCS students switch to in-person learning

As DeSoto County Schools students wrap up their ninth week, some will be switching learning methods.