Best Life: Easy ways to save every month

With over 40 million Americans out of work, many are struggling financially.

  The Investigators: COVID-19 hospitalizations are on the rise. Here’s what that means.

  Miss. governor announces mask mandate along with tighter restrictions for 13 counties

  Shelby County leaders working to increase testing capacity, hire more contact tracers

Daily Report: Arkansas Dept. of Health monitoring COVID-19

Start of Ark. school year pushed back due to COVID-19 worries

TDH: More than 1,600 new cases of COVID-19 identified in Tennessee

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  Gov. announces restrictions, mask requirements for 13 counties

  33,591 cases of coronavirus identified by Miss. Dept. of Health; 1,204 deaths

Some of Mississippi’s biggest hospitals are running out of beds, health experts warn

  More than 690,000 new unemployment claims filed in Tennessee since March 15

  Best Life: Weighted vest to help elderly with exercise

  Best Life: COVID-19 greatly impacting the African American community

  Memphis trauma center turned ambulances away due to overcrowding

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Mid-South’s only Level 1 Trauma center found itself so stretched to the limit that it was forced to turn away patients suffering from some of the most critical types of injuries.

  DeSoto County Schools releases Return-To-Learn Plan for 2020-21 school year

The DeSoto County School Board has approved a plan for the 2020-21 school year that includes both remote and in-person learning options.

  Tennessee offers guidance to schools on re-entry as state sees uptick in cases, testing delays

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee joined state health and education officials Wednesday to discuss the ongoing COVID-19 fight and how the state’s schools plan to safely reopen in the fall.

  Tennessee sets largest single-day record with nearly 2,500 new COVID-19 cases identified overnight

Tennessee health officials reported 2,472 new cases of coronavirus and 20 additional deaths on Wednesday.

  Gov. Reeves: 100% committed to reopening schools this fall

Mid-South colleges and universities react to ICE order for international students

  Helena-West Helena, Ark. issues mask ordinance

  Shelby Co. Health Dept. offering free masks at multiple locations

  Best Life: Football player speaking up for Alzheimer’s research

  Best Life: Preventing frailty, steps to help you live longer

  New guidelines for businesses as COVID-19 cases rise in Shelby Co.

Leaders with the health department have announced a new health directive for businesses in Shelby County.

Mask ordinance proposed for Jonesboro

The proposed ordinance announced in Tuesday night’s city council meeting was created by Ann Williams of Ward 3, Position 1.

  TDH reports more than 1,300 new COVID-19 cases; over 53,000 cases confirmed statewide

Health officials have identified 146 new coronavirus cases in Shelby County.

SCHD working to increase testing capacity as COVID-19 testing sites see full capacity utilization

Shelby County Health Department officials say they’re working to add testing capacity as cases in the county have surged.

  Bar, restaurant owners awaiting effects of new health department directive as restrictions loom

Under a new Shelby County Health Department directive restaurants in Shelby County will have to close at 10 pm beginning Thursday. Bars will have to close altogether. It is all in an effort to stop the recent alarming spread of the coronavirus.

  Mid-South business headlines: How latest restrictions in Shelby Co. affect businesses, hospitals

There are new restrictions coming to bars and reduced hours for restaurants similar to what things looked like in phase one of the Back to Business plan.

  Parent organization Memphis Lift asking SCS for individualized learning plan for each student

A group of parents is wanting more from Shelby County Schools’ reentry plan. With a lot of interest in virtual learning this year, the group Memphis Lift is asking for an individualized learning plan for every student.

  Memphis mayor extends state of emergency amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has signed an executive order extending the state of emergency for the Bluff City as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

  Shelby County Health Department clarifies mask order for children

Confusion about requirements for children persisted through the weekend.

  Ark. sees increases in hospitalizations and unemployment identity theft fraud cases related to COVID-19

GOV: COVID-19 hospitalizations sees the largest 1-day increase in Ark.

  Due to COVID spike, these Miss. counties are now limiting elective surgeries

Dobbs called this a ‘fluid situation’ and said additional counties may be added as coronavirus cases continue to rise.

  Dermatologist offers suggestions to help with pandemic’s effects on your skin

The drastic changes caused by the coronavirus pandemic could be having an impact on your skin.

  Health dept. orders bars to close, restaurants to reduce hours as COVID-19 cases rise in Shelby County

Officials said bars in Shelby County will close for the foreseeable future Wednesday at midnight. Restaurants can remain open but must end service at 10 p.m. daily.

Lt. Gov. Hosemann tests positive for COVID-19

Hosemann is self-quarantining and working at home.

Mayor of Oxford, Miss. adds restrictions on indoor social gatherings

The mayor of Oxford, Mississippi announced the city will return to phase 1.

Clinic offers free drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Oakhaven

A local clinic is offering free coronavirus testing in the Memphis area.

Gov. tests negative for COVID-19 after positive tests within House

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves says he and his family tested negative for COVID-19.

  Best Life: Signs of COVID-19 stress in kids

The COVID-19 crisis has everyone on edge, even kids. But how your children respond to COVID-19 stress might be different than you expect.

  Best Life: Detecting breast cancer in African American women

According to the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network, breast cancer is the most common cancer for Black women in the U.S.

  Tennessee health officials report more than 700 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths

Health officials have identified 190 new coronavirus cases and two more deaths in Shelby County.

  MSCEA president calls SCS reentry plan ‘whimsical and one-sided'

WMC Action News 5 reached out to the Memphis Shelby County Education Association Monday night for comment regarding Shelby County Schools’ reentry plan.

  SCS reentry plan presents questions about safe transportation options for students

For parents of the thousands of Shelby County Schools students who typically take the bus to school, the coronavirus pandemic presents an added level of concern.

Arkansas State University commencement will happen at football stadium

Arkansas State University will hold their Summer and postponed Spring commencement ceremonies at Centennial Bank Stadium.

  MSDH: ‘No evidence’ protests caused spike in Mississippi’s COVID-19 cases

Gov. Tate Reeves continues to stand behind his claim over the weekend that recent increases in coronavirus cases here are tied to protests that happened here, and he says the same is true nationally as well.

  Chicago implements travel restrictions for Mid-Southerners

An order requiring all Mid-Southerners to quarantine if they travel to the Windy City went into effect Monday. The city of Chicago is the latest to announce an emergency travel order for anyone returning from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases.

  DeSoto County Schools putting final touches on back-to-school plan

DeSoto County Schools administrators are putting the final touches on a plan to bring students back to the classroom in a matter of weeks.

  Mississippi governor self-isolates after contact with COVID-19 positive lawmaker

The Mississippi State Department of Health is investigating several cases of COVID-19 among Mississippi lawmakers.

  Health officials fear opening Memphis alternative care site as COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise

The county’s daily positivity rate, or percentage of positive tests, has been increasing along with daily case counts.

Ark. increasing COVID-19 contact tracers

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announces General Dynamics will be assisting the state with contact tracing adding 350 contact tracers starting this week.

Gov. Reeves doubles down on COVID-19 blame, says media ‘ignored virus’ during protests

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves says he is isolating as he awaits the results of his COVID-19 test.

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

Dr. Steve Threlkeld is co-director of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis’ infectious prevention program.

  Shelby County Schools announces S.A.F.E. Re-Entry Plan for 2020-21 school year

The 2020-21 school year begins Aug. 31 pending board approval. The start date is based on Gov. Bill Lee’s extended state of emergency that ends Aug. 29.

  Parents must choose learning option for SCS students before July 18

Shelby County Schools has assembled a survey for parents to choose learning options for students for the 2020-21 fall semester.

Mayor Harris signs lease for new Shelby Co. Health Dept. building

The Mayor of Shelby County made a major announcement Monday morning.

  Best Life: Scammers taking advantage of seniors

Five million seniors are victims of abuse annually.

  Best Life: Questions to ask about nursing home safety

More than half of older adults have stayed in a nursing home at some point, even if it was just rehab.

Speaker Philip Gunn, several House members diagnosed with COVID-19

House Speaker Philip Gunn is among those infected with the coronavirus.

  TDH: Nearly 1,300 new COVID-19 cases reported in Tennessee

Shelby County saw an increase of 405 new COVID-19 cases and one new death Sunday.

  New COVID-19 restrictions likely announced this week in Shelby County

Late last week Shelby County health officials activated a mask ordinance, but they said that’s likely not the only change coming to the county to combat COVID-19.

  COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on Shelby County’s Hispanic community

COVID-19 continues to have a disproportionate impact on communities of color, including Shelby County's Hispanic community.

TDH reports more than 1,400 new cases of COVID-19, 4 additional deaths

State health officials reported 1,428 new COVID-19 cases Sunday afternoon bringing the state’s total number of cases to 50,140.

Gov. Hutchinson signs executive order giving cities the option to adopt mask-wearing ordinance

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Dr. Nate Smith, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health, provided an update on the state’s response to the coronavirus, including the latest cases of COVID-19 and deaths.

  Tennessee sets another single-day record with more than 1,800 new COVID-19 cases

Health officials are reporting 1,822 new coronavirus cases and 13 additional deaths overnight in Tennessee.

  Gov. Bill Lee gives other Tennessee counties authority to require facial coverings

Governor Bill Lee has signed an executive order granting county mayors in 89 counties the authority to issue local mask requirements if they see a spike in cases.

  Patients face hours-long wait time for COVID-19 testing

As coronavirus cases surge across the Mid-South, lines to get tested for COVID-19 are increasing. Wait times near nine hours have been reported.

Memphis Chinese community stepping up to combat COVID-19

Members of the Greater Memphis United Chinese Association are stepping up to help the Memphis community face fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Renters impacted by COVID-19 can apply for eviction settlement program

Eviction hearings resumed in Memphis two weeks ago and hundreds of renters are waiting for word on a program that could keep them in their homes.

  Health officials issue warnings ahead of holiday weekend as masks become mandatory across Shelby County

Shelby County’s COVID-19 cases surged past 11,000 heading into the holiday weekend, setting new records for daily case increases and weekly positivity rates. The spike has health officials now signing off on a countywide mask mandate.

  Health care experts stress importance of mental health as crisis continues

There are several issues people are facing today that experts say can have a serious effect on someone's mental health.

Predicting the next deadly pandemic

The U.S. is likely just days away from diagnosing its three-millionth coronavirus case.

  Officials make masks mandatory in Shelby Co. after highest weekly positivity rate, daily case increase reported

Leaders with the Shelby County Health Department are making masks mandatory.

SCSO reporting 10 additional COVID-19 cases among employees, 8 detainees in isolation

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has had a total of 169 detainees and 96 employees that have tested positive for COVID-19 since the virus made its way to the Mid-South in March.

  Ole Miss announces ‘Campus Ready’ plan for fall semester

According to the university’s “Campus Ready” plan, classes are scheduled to begin Monday, August 24 and the last day of classes will be Tuesday, November 17.

  Best Life: Vaping, teens and COVID-19

If you think your teen or young adult doesn’t vape, or vaping is safer than cigarettes, you might want to think again.

  Best Life: Parrot Rescue - saving our feathered friends

Dogs, cats, fish… these are the top three pets people keep in the U.S. number four—birds!

  TDH reports 1,575 new coronavirus cases in Tennessee; More than half of the state’s total cases have recovered

Health officials have confirmed 394 new coronavirus cases in Shelby County.

  State Health Officer: ‘Things are getting worse very quickly'

Mississippi hospital capacity is being stretched as they work to juggle usual business plus COVID-19.

  FEMA, CDC fighting against COVID-19 case increase in Shelby County

Leaders from the White House, FEMA and the Centers for Disease Control are here to help support local officials in the fight against COVID-19.