SCHD reports over 1,500 active COVID-19 cases countywide

The Shelby County Health Department reported 158 new cases since Saturday and one additional death.

Analysis: COVID-19 vaccinations in Miss. plunge more than 60 percent over last five weeks

SCHD reports 136 new COVID-19 cases, 1 new death

  Gap in care, research and funding for rare blood disorder disproportionately affecting Black Americans

  Emergency approval nearing for COVID-19 vaccine in preteens and teenagers

  Best Life: Turning quarantine clutter into cash

  Best Life: New treatment for melanoma patients

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Shelby County weekly COVID-19 test positivity sees slight increase; 155 new cases reported Friday

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  COVID-19 in Mississippi: 240 new cases reported Fri.

  FedEx delivering critical COVID-19 aid to India

  SCHD optimistic about falling numbers of virus-susceptible residents

  Study suggests health issues not being addressed in women

  Shelby County making progress toward vaccine goal, COVID-19 task force says

The Memphis-Shelby County COVID-19 Task Force is holding a briefing at noon where they’ll likely discuss making the remaining COVID-19 restrictions and mask mandate recommendations. A new health directive is expected next week.

  Best Life: Program creates outlet for aspiring poets

The spotlight is on the power of performance poetry as young people take center stage, hoping to spark a spoken word movement.

  Best Life: New technology protects from skin cancer

Doctors are using artificial intelligence to increase their odds of catching cancer early.

  More pharmacies offering walk-ins

This week Walmart and Sam’s Club announced they’re offering Walk-up COVID-19 vaccines at all 150 of their pharmacies across Tennessee.

  Germantown high school student working to help COVID-19 crisis in India

  Tennessee governor wants full capacity at sporting events as SCHD looking to end pandemic mandates

  Q&A with Methodist Healthcare infectious disease specialist

Less than 13K vaccine doses administered in Shelby County in last week

  Tennessee governor: Time for sporting events to return to full capacity

  Best Life: New program helping first responders with schizophrenia

  Best Life: Surgery preserving patients’ hips, reducing replacements

Currently every newborn in the U.S. is examined for hip dysplasia, but if not properly diagnosed and treated, hip problems can arise years or even decades later.

Shelby County to end mask mandate next week

Shelby County Health Officer Bruce Randolph confirmed that county officials plan to have the current restrictions primarily as recommendations instead of requirements.

  Memphis hopeful car sweepstakes will help tip vaccinations toward herd immunity

With about two-thirds of the population split between vaccinated and susceptible to the virus, health leaders are trying to tip the scale for vaccinations.

Are you vaccinated? If so, here’s how you could win a new car!

Any Shelby County resident who has been vaccinated for COVID-19 has a shot at winning a new vehicle of their choice.

GOV: “In 90 days, we want 50% of Arkansans to be vaccinated.”

To reach the goal, 20.9% of those in Craighead need to get vaccinated. The number is even greater in other Region 8 counties.

SCHD reports first daily COVID-19 case increase below 100 in weeks

The Shelby County Health Department reported the first daily COVID-19 case increase below 100 after 27 consecutive days of triple-digit reports.

  Best Life: Silent signs to help with children’s mental health

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in people 10 to 34.

  Best Life: Personalized knee replacements lasting longer for patients

By the year 2030, as many as 1.28 million Americans will get new knees every year.

  Memphis summer events are back with COVID-19 protocols in place

Along with baseball, some Memphis in May events and outdoor concerts are back in Memphis this summer.

  In Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta, millions face long drives to stroke care

Across the nation, nearly 800,000 people suffer strokes each year. When someone has a stroke, minutes matter, but hospital closures and other access issues mean millions of people find it difficult to get specialty stroke care quickly.

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

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

  WMC’s Janeen Gordon hosts Live Memphis Breast Cancer Summit

The theme of this year’s event was “Going Positively Pink to Beat Breast Cancer.”

Over 219K people fully vaccinated in Shelby County

The Shelby County Health Department says over 219,000 people are now fully vaccinated across the county.

  Johnson & Johnson vaccination location opens Monday in Memphis

The site at 3230 Jackson Ave. is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  Best Life: Using humor to heal cancer patients

Mental health experts say for some, finding humor during a health crisis is one important way to cope.

  Best Life: Know the warning signs of a stroke

May is American Stroke Awareness Month. Stroke is a leading cause of preventable death, but lack of awareness, education, and resources are major barriers to stopping it.

  Vaccine equity improves slightly in Tennessee, data shows

Overall in Tennessee, over 1 in 3 people have now been vaccinated and 1 in 4 are fully vaccinated.

  SCHD reports another 149 new COVID-19 cases

Shelby County reported another 149 new COVID-19 cases Sunday and without any additional deaths.

  149 new COVID-19 cases reported, 1 additional death

Shelby County reported 149 new COVID-19 cases Saturday and one additional death.

  Business COVID-19 restrictions could soon loosen in Shelby County; masks remain

Mayor Lee Harris said the latest health directive will be released by mid-May and we’re on track to get rid of most of those restrictions.

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office gives update on detainee, employee COVID-10 cases

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office released an update Friday on coronavirus cases within the department.

  Best Life: Bringing kids back to the dentist

As soon as your child has a tooth, help him by brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice.

  Best Life: How to prevent Parkinson’s disease

Evidence has shown people who consume caffeine are less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease but dairy products, especially milk, may increase those risks.

  Shelby County sees first decrease in weekly test positivity rate in more than a month

Shelby County reported 187 new COVID-19 cases Friday and two more deaths.

Reeves issues new executive order; Masks in schools only remaining COVID-19 restriction in Mississippi

After more than 14 months of restrictions put in place to keep people safe from COVID-19, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has rolled back all of them except for one.

  Investigators: State research shows white, rural conservative Tennesseans most likely to not trust COVID-19 vaccine

The research, obtained exclusively by the WMC Action News 5 Investigators, shows white conservatives living in rural areas are most unlikely to get vaccinated.

  Mississippi casinos will decide whether or not to enforce masks following restriction rollback

The Mississippi Gaming Commission on Thursday announced that they will no longer implement any restrictions, including masks and social distancing.

Walmart & Sam’s Club to offer COVID-19 vaccines

No appointment is required, walk-ins are accepted.

NE Arkansas school districts reporting COVID-19 cases

Several Northeast Arkansas school districts continue to report positive COVID-19 cases among their students and faculty.

  Health leaders ponder masks, as more variants are found in Shelby County

So far there has only been one report of the B1617 variant- the variant causing issues in India right now.

  Bottom Line: Reducing food waste and saving money

Consider buying frozen produce. It’s just as nutritious a choice as fresh, and you can take out only what you need and keep the rest frozen.

Feminine hygiene products in schools bill signed into law

A bill that would allow school districts to tell students about the availability of free feminine hygiene products on campus was signed into law Thursday.

  Best Life: Easing children’s transition from pre-K to kindergarten

Overreacting while dropping them off on the first day of kindergarten can trigger distress or sadness in your child, making it harder to leave.

  COVID-19 variant from India detected in Shelby County

Shelby County reported 175 new COVID-19 cases Thursday. It’s the 23rd day of April with more than 100 new daily cases.

City of Memphis COVID-19 vaccine appointment site back online

The City of Memphis announced late Wednesday night that the city’s COVID-19 website is experiencing technical issues.

  Survey sheds light on dwindling COVID-19 vaccine demand in Mississippi

Vaccine demand is dropping dramatically and a new study may reveal why.

  Tennessee doctors warn of ridding mask ordnances too early

Doctors are saying “not yet” to Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s request for communities to end their mask mandates by Memorial Day.

‘State of the Pandemic’: Experts discuss mental health, misinformation and impact on children

We’ll talk live with experts on COVID-19 and mental health, misinformation, vaccines and the impact on children.

Only 52% of Mississippi parents intend to vaccinate their children against COVID-19

Mississippi will resume the use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine after a temporary halt.

  Best Life: Making sure mental health apps stay private

Mental health apps are becoming increasingly popular and offer a range of options, from guided meditations to appointments with a licensed therapist.

  Best Life: Identical twins receive identical cancer diagnosis

They look alike, sound alike and may even have the same mannerisms. Identical twins also often have the uncanny ability to read each other’s minds.

Task force estimates show Shelby County could have more than 6K active COVID-19 cases in next 30 days

Estimates from the Memphis-Shelby County COVID-19 Task Force show a major potential spike in active cases over the next month.

  $28 billion in grant money available soon for struggling restaurants

Restaurants hit hard by the pandemic can apply for their share of more than $28 billion in grant money.

  Downtown Memphis business, citizens react to governor’s call to end public health orders

Mid-Southerners shared their thoughts on Governor Bill Lee's request to end public health orders by Memorial Day Weekend.

  Tennessee governor asks for mask mandates, restrictions to be lifted by Memorial Day

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee wants to see all mask mandates in the state gone by Memorial Day, but leaders in Shelby County aren’t hinting to that happening.

  Tennessee governor says COVID-19 no longer statewide public health crisis

Speaking Tuesday, Lee announced a new executive order ending statewide public health orders. It also ends the local authority on mask mandates in 89 counties, not including Shelby County.

  Shelby County Health Dept. reports 118 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday

The Shelby County Health Department reported 118 new COVID-10 cases Tuesday, April 27.

  Plans for Shelby County’s remaining J&J doses to be announced

About 17,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine have been in storage in Shelby County since federal health agencies asked for a pause to investigate a rare clotting side effect. With the pause lifted, the question is now what happens to Shelby County’s J&J stock.

  Best Life: Peer support could prove to be a solution for combating learning losses

On average students are losing up to two to four months’ worth of learning in math.

  CDC expected to loosen COVID-19 guidelines as vaccination rates drop across US

Vaccine demand continues to fall as CDC takes a look at new guidelines.

  Jury trials to resume soon in Shelby County in COVID-19 compliant courtrooms

After being on pause for more than a year, jury trials will soon resume in Shelby County. But there is a long backlog of court cases officials will have to address.

Methodist South Hospital gifted with cooling units for infant loss

CuddleCot systems include a cooling pad and insulated attachment, which provide cooler temperatures to preserve the baby’s condition.

Shelby County hits 20th day this month with 100+ new daily cases

Shelby County Health Department reports more than 150 new COVID-19 cases.

  Best Life: New spinal surgery for patients with herniated discs

Now, details from one of the few surgeons in the country performing a new ultra- minimally invasive awake spine surgery that could have patients up and walking the same day.

  Best Life: Bee therapy used to help patients with Lyme disease

Some patients are turning to bees to take the sting out of this painful and debilitating disease.

Some women experiencing changes to menstrual cycle after getting vaccine

Some women are experiencing changes to their menstrual cycle after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Doctors are unsure if it's linked together.

  Vaccine demand drops sharply across the Mid-South

It comes as polls show many Americans still don’t plan to get the vaccine, raising doubts about when the country can achieve herd immunity to end the pandemic.

  Over 1,600 active cases reported in Shelby County

It’s the 17th day this month with more than 100 new daily cases.