Coronavirus Coverage

  Couple replaces wedding guests with cardboard cutouts due to coronavirus

Thanks to the cardboard cutouts, all the family and friends that aren’t able to attend the wedding in person because of COVID-19 can still fill the pews.

Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Funds awards local organizations with $415K

  Shelby County increases ambulance cleaning amid coronavirus outbreak

  ’Shelter-in-Place’ order coming to Mississippi; Rural towns face unique challenges

Emmy-winning musician Adam Schlesinger dies from coronavirus

Feds: Man intentionally derailed LA train near hospital ship

Grand Canyon National Park closes to visitors amid pandemic

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  Cooper-Young artist dies from COVID-19

  Ten deaths and over 620 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Arkansas

  ‘A battlefield behind your home’: Deaths mount in New York

  Collins Chapel Connection Hospital offers facility for potential patients

  Mid-South restaurants stepping up to feed health care workers

  SCHD releases name of assisted-living facility with COVID-19 outbreak after facility declines to publicly identify itself

  SCSO employee who works with youth detainees tests positive for COVID-19

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says an SCSO employee who works with youth detainees at the Juvenile Court Detention Center has tested positive for COVID-19.

  My 3 Subs Podcast creates simulated Memphis 901 FC broadcast during coronavirus hiatus

My 3 Subs Podcast creates a simulated Memphis 901 FC match to entertain fans during coronavirus hiatus.

Newborn baby dies from COVID-19 related complications in Connecticut, governor says

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont tweeted Wednesday that a 6-week-old in the state has died from coronavirus-related complications.

  Additional restrictions at city parks, county warns social distancing violators

Doctors say one important way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus is to avoid large gatherings. But that’s becoming increasingly difficult to do.

  Severe coronavirus cases on pace to overwhelm ICU availability in urban and rural areas

More evidence indicates healthy people can spread virus

Doctor and nurse are now TikTok famous

  Tennessee reports more than 2,600 COVID-19 cases, 24 deaths; Shelby County has 497 cases

  Democrats proposing commission to study US pandemic response

  Here’s how to watch ‘School on TV’ classroom lessons from WMC and SCS

  Booze buying surges in US during coronavirus outbreak

Many Americans appear to be turning to alcohol to occupy their time during the coronavirus outbreak.

Gov. Bill Lee extends March, April vehicle registration deadline

Motor vehicle renewals due in March or April have now been extended to June 15, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Dolly Parton donates $1 million to coronavirus research

Parton said she hopes her donation encourages “people that can afford it to make donations.”

  Nearly 3,000 sailors to leave carrier amid virus outbreak

In a memo to Navy leaders, the captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt said that the spread of the disease is ongoing and accelerating and that removing all but 10% of the crew is a "necessary risk" in order to stop the spread of the virus. The ship is docked in Guam.

  Gov. Reeves issues statewide ‘shelter-in-place’ order

The order goes into effect Friday at 5 p.m.

  Stocks skid as physical, economic toll of virus worsens

Global shares skidded Wednesday as reports of rising numbers of coronavirus cases deepened the gloom over the likely impact on the world economy.

MATA issuing refunds to customers who purchased passes prior to free fares

Wednesday, the Memphis Area Transit Authority announced it will be offering refunds to fixed route bus customers who purchased 7-day or 31-day passes prior to the start of temporary free fares.

Gray Television equips employees with face masks

Gray Television sent a message to its employees Wednesday that it would be shipping them reusable cloth face masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

  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.

NFL to begin season as scheduled in September

During a conference call Tuesday, league officials announced the season will start in September and teams will play their full 16 game schedule with fans in attendance. International games are also still planned.

  AP-NORC poll: Less than half back Trump’s pandemic response

Less than half of Americans approve of the job done thus far by President Donald Trump and the federal government in confronting the virus, per a new survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

  Ohio man uses bucket truck to see mom on third floor of her assisted living home

Charley Adams went out on a limb, so to speak, using a bucket truck to visit his mother.

Why health experts aren’t warning about coronavirus in food

Chicken with salmonella can make you sick. So can romaine lettuce with E. coli and buffets with lurking norovirus. So why aren’t health officials warning people about eating food contaminated with the new coronavirus?

Live at 1:30: Gov. Asa Hutchinson gives update on coronavirus in Arkansas

Governor Asa Hutchinson and Dr. Nate Smith, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health, will update the public at 1:30 p.m. on the state’s response to the coronavirus, including the latest cases of COVID-19 and deaths.

  April 1, rent’s due: Many struggle to pay in virus outbreak

Many renters are without jobs - nearly 3.3 million people in the U.S. filed for unemployment the week of March 16, about five times the previous high in 1982.

  States largely have authority over when to shut down, reopen

President Donald Trump has the biggest megaphone, but it’s governors and local officials who will decide what type of restrictions to impose on their citizens to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Novak Djokovic and brother play tennis in living room with frying pans

The Djokovic brothers set up a makeshift court, using fry pans for racquets and furniture to make a net.

  Shelby County offering counseling for employees amid COVID-19 pandemic

Employees with Shelby County are getting an expansion in their benefits in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

  Home Depot, Costco adjust hours, limit number of customers amid coronavirus outbreak

Costco and Home Depot announced measures to limit the number of customers inside their stores at the same time, to promote social distancing.

  After coronavirus recovery, Prince Charles pays tribute to healthcare workers

The UK’s Prince Charles made his first public appearance Wednesday since recovering from COVID-19.

  Kroger announces ‘Hero Bonus’ for frontline employees

Grocery chain Kroger will be paying many of its employees more money for their work during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Wimbledon canceled for 1st time since WWII because of virus

The All England Club announced after an emergency meeting that the event it refers to simply as The Championships is being scrapped for 2020.

  You can’t unsee Jack Black’s TikTok video, but why would you want to?

Jack Black's “Quarantine Dance” features high kicks, spins, and even a dodgy attempt at the “Russian Doll Dance” from “The Nutcracker.”

Economic stimulus checks: What you need to know

Payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people.

  1,073 cases of coronavirus identified by Miss. Dept. of Health; 22 deaths

The number of presumed positive coronavirus cases in Mississippi continues to rise.

  Truck carrying toilet paper crashes, burns on Texas interstate

Texas Department of Transportation officials said the load of toilet paper “burned extensively."

How to prep for and spend your government relief check

Now is the time to prep your finances and plan. The best use of your relief money depends on your individual circumstances.

  Evictions halted through April under Tenn. Supreme Court order amid coronavirus outbreak

Elonda Robertson and her five children got quite the surprise this week when an MLGW worker showed up to her South Memphis home to cut off her utilities.

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

The Arkansas Department of Health is monitoring the spread of COVID-19 daily.

  People gather outside Saint Francis Hospital in Bartlett to pray for healthcare staff and patients

People gathered outside Saint Francis Hospital in Bartlett to say thank-you to the staff and offer support to patients!

  A nurse worked for a week while infected with the coronavirus. The hospital wasn’t testing staff.

A nurse says she worked for about seven days at two hospitals in New York City while infected with the coronavirus.

  Trump says ‘life and death’ at stake in following coronavirus guidelines

Officials described a death toll that in a best-case scenario would likely be greater than the more than 53,000 American lives lost during World War I.

  Rural areas fear spread of coronavirus as more hospitals close

While the nation's coronavirus hot spots so far have been big cities like New York and New Orleans, officials fear inadequate testing and the lack of medical resources linked to hospital failures will catch up with smaller population centers.

  Minn. state trooper gives doctor masks instead of speeding ticket

The N95 masks that health care workers need to protect themselves while treating coronavirus patients are in dangerously short supply.

  AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s misfires on virus death rates, tests

President Donald Trump is making premature assertions about relatively low death rates in the U.S. and revising history about how seriously he viewed the threat, including the need for ventilators.

  Census Day arrives with US almost paralyzed by coronavirus

The Census Bureau is required by federal statute to send the president the counts that will be used to carve up congressional districts — a process known as apportionment — and draw state legislative districts by Dec. 31.

  Doctor kicked out of Ind. gas station for being Asian in coronavirus-related discrimination

Police say they have been notified of the situation, and the gas station has been advised that discrimination is inappropriate.

  Help heads to NYC as experts predict over 100,000 US deaths

The number of U.S. deaths could range from 100,000 to 240,000 even if Americans continue to stay home and limit contact with others, experts predicted at a media briefing with President Donald Trump.

Man hides coronavirus symptoms to visit expectant wife at NY hospital

Following the incident, the hospital system announced all workers and visitors, as well as patients displaying COVID-19 symptoms, will wear protective masks.

  CNN’s Chris Cuomo hosts show from basement after testing positive for coronavirus

Cuomo, who said he’s been experiencing coronavirus symptoms, said he had been exposed to people who had tested positive.

  Tenn. Gov. Bill Lee addresses COVID-19′s ‘collateral impact’ on mental health

Coronavirus doesn’t just threaten your physical health. The disease can also take a real toll on your mental health.

  Should you wear mask in public if not sick with coronavirus?

Front-line health workers have the greatest need for masks. And when people are sick, wearing a mask helps lessen the chances of infecting others. In places where relatives care for the sick at home, the World Health Organization also has recommended they wear a mask.

  Florida docking plan in the works for ill-fated cruise ships

Passengers from an ill-fated South American cruise are anxious to disembark once they reach Florida, but Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state’s health care resources are already stretched too thin to take on another ship’s coronavirus caseload.

  MATA adds extra buses to lessen bus stop, bus shelter wait times

After reducing levels of services, MATA added extra buses on key routes to address the issue of wait times due to the 10-person limit.

  SCHD: Assisted living facility working to address public following coronavirus outbreak

Health department director Alisa Haushalter said there are six cases in the facility -- five residents and one employee. Haushalter said by law the facility has to notify residents and employees.

  Mid-South Makers create masks with 3D printers to help healthcare workers during COVID-19 pandemic

Memphians who own 3D printers are teaming up to support medical professionals in the battle against the COVID-19, and they’re doing it while safely quarantining at home.

  The Investigators: U.S. Attorney in West Tennessee assigns COVID-19 coordinator to tackle fraud, price gouging

A new COVID-19 coordinator has been assigned in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in West Tennessee to solely focus on prosecuting fraud related to the coronavirus pandemic.

  Mid-South doctors preparing for the worst of COVID-19

Mid-South hospitals are increasing precautions for healthcare workers by limiting entrances and checking their temperatures before they step foot inside.

  Shelby County health officials link county’s coronavirus outbreak to Mardi Gras

According to the Shelby County Health Department, in early March the first reported cases of the novel coronavirus were two people who went to Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

  ‘Star Wars’ actor Andrew Jack dies of coronavirus at 76 in Britain

Andrew Jack appeared in “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi” as General Ematt, as well as “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.”

  Clergy member of Second Presbyterian Church dies from coronavirus

Members of one of the largest churches in the Bluff City are mourning the loss of one of their own who died after a battle with COVID-19.

Those without broadband struggle in a stuck-at-home nation

While more people have been connected in recent years, tens of millions still lack access to high-speed internet because phone and cable companies hesitate to invest in far-flung rural areas.

COVID-19: Memphis District Corps of Engineers surveying possible hospital sites

The Memphis District Corps of Engineers has started surveying locations for possible hospital sites and alternate care facilities amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Businesses may get COVID-19 relief loans as soon as Friday

Companies will be able to submit applications on Friday.

  VIDEO: Indiana woman creates goofy COVID-19 song to Beatles tune

The 65-year-old retired worship leader came up with the lyrics while she was trying to fall asleep.

  List of Mid-South coronavirus closings: Offices, services, events and more

A number of events across the Mid-South have been canceled or postponed as fears mount over the coronavirus outbreak.

  At least 28 test positive for COVID-19 in Texas after chartered spring break trip

At least 28 out of approximately 70 people who took a chartered flight for a spring break vacation to Mexico have tested positive for COVID-19.

  2nd SCSO employee tests positive for COVID-19

A second Shelby County Sheriff’s Office employee has tested positive for COVID-19.