Coronavirus Coverage

  New Zealand near eradication, but virus has grim global hold

In the U.S., the virus threw more than 2 million people out of work last week despite the gradual reopening of businesses, stoking fears the scourge is doing deep and potentially long-lasting damage to the world's largest economy.

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

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

  The Investigators: Child abuse reports dropped to a 5-year low in Arkansas, officials won’t link it to the COVID-19 pandemic

  US virus deaths top 100,000, 41 million unemployed

Washington recovers $300M in fraudulent unemployment claims

  Eviction hearings will resume next month in Tennessee

  COVID-19 case counts per day ticking up in Shelby County

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‘Feisty’ 103-year-old survives virus, celebrates with beer

  Mid-South Heroes: Recognizing teachers amid the COVID-19 pandemic

  Sweden steadfast in strategy as virus toll continues rising

  Gov. Bill Lee issues guidance for non-contact sports, summer camps, higher education institutions in Tennessee

  YMCA, city of Memphis partnering to expand free childcare for essential workers

  University of Memphis releases plan to return to campus in the fall

DeSoto County giving away free masks Saturday

DeSoto County, Mississippi will give away thousands of free masks to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Officials stress ‘one bad day’ could turn coronavirus outlook

Reeves and top health officials continue to stress the risk the virus, with hundreds of new cases still being reported in Mississippi each day.

  Ark. Economic Recovery Task Force presents recommendations to Gov. Hutchinson

Steuart Walton revealed recommendations by the Ark. Economic Recovery Task Force.

  House approves changes to business virus aid subsidy program

The House gave sweeping bipartisan approval Thursday to legislation to modify a new “paycheck protection” program for businesses that have suffered COVID-related losses.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, state officials give update on COVID-19 in Arkansas

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

  Coronavirus takes deadly toll on African American communities

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office releases plan to reopen courthouses

  New facts and guidelines for TN Driver’s License Services

  14,372 cases of coronavirus identified by Miss. Dept. of Health; 693 deaths

  New unemployment claims in Tenn. total near 558,000 since March 15

Thursday morning, a new report showed there have been 558,621 new unemployment claims filed in Tennessee since March 15, according to the TN Department of Labor and Workforce.

  The Investigators: TN Department of Labor says federal guidance for unemployment could have been more ‘clear’, ‘timely’

Months after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down businesses across the state, thousands of out-of-work Tennesseans still have not received their unemployment money.

  2.1 million workers filed for unemployment last week

The national jobless rate was 14.7% in April, the highest since the Great Depression, and many economists expect it will near 20% in May.

Trump continues to claim broad powers he doesn’t have

As he battles the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump has been claiming extraordinarily sweeping powers that legal scholars say the president simply doesn't have. And he has repeatedly refusing to spell out the legal basis for those powers.

  House casts proxy votes in pandemic, Republicans have doubts

It was a day for the history books on Capitol Hill: For the first time, House lawmakers voted by proxy, an unprecedented move to avoid the risks of travel to Washington during the pandemic.

City of Bartlett cancels Fireworks Extravaganza

There won’t be any Fourth of July fireworks in Bartlett this summer.

  Shelby County teachers concerned about returning to school

The Shelby County School District is working on a plan to reopen schools in the fall, but will teachers return?

Los Angeles allows shopping, worship sooner than expected in pandemic

Retail shops and offices were allowed to open Wednesday and the largest Roman Catholic archdiocese in the U.S. announced a plan to resume services as Los Angeles County took another step toward a reopening that seemed hard to imagine a week ago.

  US death toll from coronavirus surges past 100,000 people

Outbreaks are still climbing in much of the Americas, while many countries in Asia and much of Europe are making steady progress in containing the deadliest pandemic in years.

  Shelby Co. Commissioners fail to resolve budget shortfall at second in-person meeting amid pandemic

Ongoing disagreements over the status of Shelby County’s budget for the next fiscal year were not resolved Wednesday at a second in-person county budget session.

  Barricades removed from Overton Park parking areas

People are able to enter the park, but there are areas within the park that are still closed. Playgrounds, restrooms, drinking fountains and the dog park remain closed.

  Economists forecast the impact of COVID-19 on Tennessee budget

The road to recovery from COVID-19 will be rocky for businesses in Memphis and across Tennessee.

  How to avoid COVID-19 travel restrictions as more states reopen

The CDC has not given the green light to non-essential traveling. But it is the summer time and states are slowly opening.

  Pinecrest summer camp going virtual next month in Fayette County

Summer camps are some of the last things slated to open in Tennessee. Pinecrest summer camp in Fayette County will still host campers starting next month -- except online.

Through kids’ eyes: Virus outbreak brings sadness, fear, joy

Associated Press reporters around the world asked kids about living with the virus and to use art to show us what they believe the future might hold. Some sketched or painted, while others sang, danced ballet, built with LEGOs. A few just wanted to talk.

  Governor: Downward trend of COVID-19 for Northeast Arkansas

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Dr. Nate Smith, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health, updated the public Wednesday afternoon in Jonesboro on the state’s response to the coronavirus, including the latest cases of COVID-19 and deaths.

  Shelby County reaches grim milestone, daily positivity rate spikes

Shelby County reached a grim milestone on Wednesday, marking over 100 deaths related to COVID-19.

Inquiry into Russia probe carries political consequences

Attorney General William Barr says he doesn’t expect a criminal inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation to target former President Barack Obama or Joe Biden, President Donald Trump’s presumed Democratic opponent this summer.

  21 COVID-19 cases in NE Miss. attributed to funeral

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves is set to discuss the latest on the state’s efforts to combat COVID-19.

Boeing slashes 12,000 jobs as virus seizes travel industry

Boeing is cutting more than 12,000 jobs through layoffs and buyouts as the coronavirus pandemic seizes the travel industry. And the aircraft maker says more cuts are coming.

  CEO pay has topped $12.3M. Can it keep rising post-pandemic?

The typical pay package for CEOs at the biggest U.S. companies topped $12.3 million last year, and the gap between the boss and their workforces widened further, according to AP’s annual survey of executive compensation.

  Disney, SeaWorld announce plans for Florida parks to reopen

Disney World's reopening plan was approved Wednesday by Orange County, Fla. officials, clearing a hurdle to inviting people back in July.

Church Health hosting free COVID-19 testing at St. Michael Catholic Church

Church Health and St. Micheals Church is making it easier to for you to get tested for the coronavirus.

  Landlord threatens Texas church’s lease over COVID relief effort

The need is evident for the food bank at The Redeemed Christian Church of God Royal Priesthood Parish, with hundreds of families lined up.

  Ford heats up police SUVs to 133 degrees to kill COVID-19

Ford has unveiled a new tool to help neutralize COVID-19 and other germs inside police vehicles.

  CDC: More than 62,000 healthcare workers sickened by COVID-19, at least 291 dead

On Tuesday the federal agency stated more than 62,000 healthcare professionals contracted the coronavirus in the U.S., a big jump from the more than 9,200 that the CDC reported back in mid-April.

  TDH: 10 new coronavirus-related deaths reported in Tennessee; more than half of the state’s cases have recovered

Health officials have confirmed 4,581 coronavirus cases and 102 deaths in Tennessee.

NerdWallet: Looking for safer ways to pay? Go contactless

Breaking old habits of forking over cash or swiping a credit card may be challenging, but contactless payments themselves are easy to use and may even help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

  AP-NORC poll: Half of Americans would get a COVID-19 vaccine

Among Americans who say they wouldn’t get vaccinated, 7 in 10 worry about safety.

  The Investigators: Labor commissioner says worker shortage to blame for Tenn. unemployment delays

The Investigators sat down with the Tennessee Department of Labor commissioner to ask what’s being done to process the backlog and bring relief to desperate, unemployed workers.

  Nevada to reopen casinos June 4, welcoming tourists again

By allowing the casinos to reopen, with new rules on social distancing and sanitizing, the governor said Nevada would again welcome visitors but would be prepared to close down again if there is a spike in cases.

Walt Disney World presenting plans for reopening parks

Disney World and SeaWorld Orlando will present their proposals for phased reopenings before an Orange County task force on Wednesday, said Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings.

  Family learns of NY nursing home resident’s death of coronavirus from funeral home

More than half the nursing home residents and 10% of the workforce have tested positive for COVID-19, according to New York state data.

  Tennessee COVID-19 cases top 20,900 after 358 new cases identified, 5 additional deaths reported

Health officials have confirmed 4,531 coronavirus cases and 94 deaths across Shelby County.

  Reeves reflects on pandemic response, blames himself for labeling some businesses ‘nonessential’

Gov. Tate Reeves said Mississippi has learned invaluable lessons and strategies after dealing with the coronavirus pandemic now for the last two and a half months, a trial by fire of sorts for states across the U.S.

  Controversial absentee ballot request language to be removed in time for presidential election

The form will stay the same for the August election cycle, but the election commission voted to remove that line in time for the November election.

  WATCH: Mid-South health expert on pandemic recovery timeline

Dr. Jon McCullers, an infectious disease expert with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and chief of pediatrics at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital has been involved in important decisions regarding Shelby County’s reopening.

  Farm aid program opens for applications Tuesday

Farmers and ranchers have been walloped by issues related to the closures of restaurants and schools in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  Stocks rise on Wall Street, but US braces for 100,000 deaths

The trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange reopened Tuesday in a largely symbolic step toward economic recovery, and stocks surged at the opening bell, even as the official U.S. death toll closed in on 100,000, a mark President Donald Trump once predicted the country would never see.

CBU announces changes for upcoming fall semester

Looking ahead to a possible second wave of COVID-19 in the late fall and early winter months, Christian Brothers University announced Tuesday it would be making changes to their traditional fall semester calendar.

Ky. Gov. Beshear condemns rally where he was hung in effigy

Vowing not to back down after armed protesters gathered near his home and hung him in effigy, the governor of Kentucky on Tuesday condemned their use of “fear and terror” in a demonstration fueled by coronavirus restrictions.

  Health experts encourage COVID-19 survivors to donate plasma

COVID-19 survivors have the opportunity to help other COVID-19 patients by donating their plasma. Health officials say collecting enough plasma will help when there is an uptick of cases.

NHL adopts 24-team playoff format if it can resume season

The NHL says it will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams if it is able to resume play.

US closes probes into 3 senators over their stock trades

Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Kelly Loeffler of Georgia and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma have been informed that the Justice Department has closed investigations into their stock trades.

  Shelby Co. Health Department: Nursing home outbreaks not under control

Shelby County health leaders expressed optimism after the Memorial Day holiday weekend, but acknowledged big problems remain in the fight against COVID-19, particularly for nursing homes.

  Deadlocked Congress shifts virus focus to small business aid

It's a defining moment for the political parties heading toward the election and one that will affect the livelihoods of countless Americans suddenly dependent on the federal government.

  Mid-South physician explains importance of wearing masks in public

As we gradually head towards looser social restrictions, people are being asked to wear masks when they are out and about. But how do they help to protect against the virus?

  Arkansas governor warns ‘newer peak or a higher peak’ could be on the way

“We’re at a critical point in our journey,” said Hutchinson. “The direction we go from here totally depends on the commitment of Arkansans to continue social distancing and following guidelines.”

  Tennessee Highway Patrol investigates large increase in Shelby County traffic deaths

Fewer people are driving during the pandemic but in Shelby County, there has been a 63% increase in fatal wrecks.
 The highway patrol is asking all drivers to be extra careful as they investigate why there’s been such a large increase.

  Shelby County health officials call holiday weekend ‘successful’

Shelby County health officials described the public’s behavior over the Memorial Day holiday weekend as “successful,” but they said the final verdict wouldn’t be known for two weeks.

  Mid-South business headlines: U of M, Rhodes, SWTCC leaders talk enrollment, academics

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, it forced colleges and universities to move classes online. Now, many students are contemplating enrolling in less expensive schools.

  Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund issues over $2M in grants

The Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund has issued its 10th round of grants to assist nonprofit organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Collierville moves 4th of July celebration to September for town’s 150th anniversary

The Town of Collierville’s July 3 Independence Day Celebration is canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the Town is making plans for a similar celebration in September to celebrate Collierville’s 150th anniversary.

University of Tennessee makes changes to calendar ahead of fall semester

The university says the changes come as a way to minimize travel to and from campus once the semester begins due challenges presented by the coronavirus.

State Economist: Miss. entering ‘sharp, painful recession’

As of May 26, more than 13,000 people in the state have tested positive for the virus, with more than 650 dead. More than 9,000 have recovered.

  What psychiatric problems can follow a severe case of COVID-19?

Delirium, confusion and agitation may be common for people while hospitalized with severe coronavirus infections.

  Six Flags announces new safety measures for when parks reopen

If you are planning a trip to Six Flags this year, you will need to know about the new policies the company has put in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  Dangerous blood clots pose a perplexing coronavirus threat

Doctors and scientists at dozens of hospitals and universities around the globe are seeking answers while trying to measure virus patients’ risks for clots and testing drugs to treat or prevent them.