Coronavirus

  Many in Memphis get tested for coronavirus after holiday

The day after Thanksgiving is also a holiday for many people. With cases of coronavirus escalating, a lot of people used the Friday holiday to get a free COVID-19 test.

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Experts: Virus numbers could be erratic after Thanksgiving

  Doctors watching weeks after Thanksgiving for increases in COVID-19 cases

  Virus keeps Black Friday crowds thin, shoppers shift online

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

  TDH: More than 4,000 new coronavirus cases, 7 more deaths in Tennessee

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  US colleges mull new virus protocols for students’ return

Disney to lay off 4,000 more at California, Florida parks

  Memphis Education Fund has helped SCS families during pandemic

  Empty seats, delivered feasts as virus changes Thanksgiving

Denver mayor visits family in Mississippi for holiday after asking staff not to travel

  Tennessee reports 53 more deaths, 4,404 new cases of COVID-19

  Supreme Court blocks NY coronavirus limits on houses of worship

The court’s action could push New York to reevaluate its restrictions on houses of worship in areas designated virus hot spots.

  Schools struggle to stay open as quarantines sideline staff

It’s another layer of the “tremendous stress” faced by administrators and educators navigating the pandemic, said Dan Domenech, executive director of AASA, the nation’s leading school superintendents association.

  Texas grandparents mail life-sized cutouts to family for holidays

The cutouts created an activity for their grandchildren, who have had fun placing them in various locations around the house.

  Memphis Restaurant Association asks health department to reconsider restrictions in lengthy letter

The Memphis Restaurant Association said it wants the Shelby County Health Department to reconsider new restrictions on restaurants put in place this week.

  Americans risk traveling over Thanksgiving despite warnings

  Southaven pastor says funerals up 50% this year at his church

Pandemic postpones national math, reading tests until 2022

  COVID-19 pandemic promises modified Thanksgiving holiday celebrations in Memphis

  Mississippi governor says state in second wave of COVID-19

  AstraZeneca manufacturing error clouds vaccine study results

  27 veterans die in COVID-19 outbreak at Illinois VA home

State officials are investigating a coronavirus outbreak at a veterans nursing home in rural Illinois that has infected nearly 200 residents and staff, and killed 27 veterans.

Strickland asks Memphians to stay mindful of COVID-19 during the holidays

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is reminding citizens to stay mindful of the coronavirus pandemic during the holiday season.

  Nearly 100 deaths reported in Tennessee’s daily COVID-19 update

The Tennessee Department of Health reported nearly 100 new coronavirus deaths and 2,118 new cases in its daily update on COVID-19 across the state.

  Picture of US economy is worrisome as virus inflicts damage

A flurry of data released Wednesday suggested that the spread of the virus is intensifying the threats to an economy still struggling to recover from the deep recession that struck in early spring.

  COVID-19 in Mississippi: 148,387 cases, 3,769 deaths reported by health dept.

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

  27 COVID deaths at Illinois vets nursing home prompts probe

The department on Tuesday requested an independent probe into the facility, which was the focus of a state Senate committee virtual hearing on the outbreak.

  EU says first coronavirus vaccinations possible by Christmas

A top European Union official is appealing to the 27 member countries to urgently prepare logistical chains to handle the rollout of hundreds of millions of vaccine doses.

  Doctor simulates COVID-19 patient’s last moments to encourage virus precautions

The doctor encourages everyone to take precautions to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, including mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing.

  Restaurant owners working to stay in business with mask compliance

The latest health department directive for restaurants and patrons and masks is more restrictive. And for many very confusing.

  City leaders preparing for likely COVID-19 spike after Thanksgiving holiday

Last week the CDC begged Americans not to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday and limit gatherings to only people living in their household.

Playhouse on the Square cancels schedule for in-person productions

Playhouse on the Square has decided to cancel their season for in-person stage productions due to the rise in COVID-19 cases the county is seeing.

  ‘COVID-19 is not going away’: Governor warns Mississippians ahead of Thanksgiving holiday

“COVID-19 is not going away,” Reeves said.

  Health department says businesses not operating under rules in latest directive will be closed

Officials with the health department said they had no choice but to cut restaurant capacity to 50% and require the establishments to close at 10 p.m.

  Health experts say educating Hispanics about a COVID-19 vaccine is crucial

During the first wave of COVID-19 health experts noticed how the virus spread among Hispanics, a community in which multi-generational families often live under one roof.

  Restaurant workers out of work again as virus surges anew

Restaurant owners — most of whom underwent shutdowns in the spring and summer — are finding the new round of closings challenging as colder weather sets in.

  Tennessee Gov. Lee, state officials focus on mask-wearing, vaccines, Thanksgiving in COVID-19 briefing

Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey said the state is completely ready to receive the first doses of the vaccine and immediately distribute them.

  Arkansas officials urge residents to avoid Thanksgiving travel

Dr. Jose Romero advises residents to avoid travel this Thanksgiving.

  Half of Mississippi’s counties now under mask mandate

Tuesday’s 53 deaths marked the third highest single-day total in Mississippi since the onset of the pandemic.

  Shelby Co. partners with MLGW to provide nearly 1,400 customers with utility assistance

About 1,400 MLGW customers are getting a holiday gift from the Shelby County Government and Memphis Light Gas and Water.

  Hotel workers struggle amid coronavirus resurgence

Many properties remain closed, and thousands of people that worked in hospitality are unemployed. With the holidays approaching, the impact is even more painful.

  TDH experiences delay in daily coronavirus update, 73 additional deaths reported in Tennessee

The Shelby County Health Department has identified 377 new coronavirus cases and two more deaths.

  Keep the mask: A vaccine won’t end the US crisis right away

Despite the expected arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in just a few weeks, it could take several months — probably well into 2021 — before things get back to something close to normal.

  COVID-19 reality: A skeptic’s story

Many viewers say they’re tired of hearing reports of coronavirus numbers and dire warnings from health officials. Perhaps you should hear it from a COVID patient, struggling to breathe in the ICU.

  International flyers may soon need to get coronavirus vaccinations

International air travel could come booming back next year but with a new rule: Travelers to certain countries must be vaccinated against the coronavirus before they can fly.

  Business owners fear layoffs with latest health directive in effect

Monday is the first night of strict new rules meant to stop the spread of Coronavirus in Shelby County.

  Millions stick to Thanksgiving travel plans despite warnings

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans not to travel or spend the holiday with people outside their household.

  Federal prisons to prioritize staff to receive virus vaccine

The federal prison system will be among the first to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

  Shelby Co. Health Department defends restrictions laid out in latest health directive

Officials at the Shelby County Health Department defended the latest health directive, issued by their agency Friday, which puts more restrictions on restaurants.

  Visiting family for the holidays? Hear what health experts recommend

Thanksgiving is just a few days away and health experts are asking everyone to celebrate differently this year.

  Latest health directive requires masks to be worn during workouts

A new Shelby County Health Department directive that took effect Monday requires gym patrons to keep their masks on while they work out at the gym.

  Community continues to gives back for holiday season amid the pandemic

More people are in need this holiday season. While safety protocols have made it hard for Thanksgiving meal giveaways some of the large giveaways in Memphis will continue the tradition this year.

  3rd major COVID-19 vaccine shown to be effective and cheaper

AstraZeneca is the third major drug company to report late-stage results for a potential COVID-19 vaccine as the world anxiously waits for scientific breakthroughs that will bring an end to a pandemic that has wrought economic devastation and resulted in nearly 1.4 million confirmed deaths.

  Shelby Co. municipal mayors in support of new COVID-19 health directive

Shelby County municipal mayors announced their support Monday for the latest countywide health directive put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  Tenn. Dept. of Health reports more than 43,000 active cases in Tennessee

The Shelby County Health Department has identified 407 new COVID-19 cases and five more deaths.

  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.

70 new COVID-19 cases reported across DeSoto County Schools

The DeSoto County School District has released the latest number of coronavirus cases among students and faculty.

  Shops, gyms to reopen in England under new COVID-19 plan

British Prime Boris Johnson confirmed to lawmakers Monday the government will lift the stay-at-home instruction on Dec. 2.

Lafayette County Schools to stay hybrid for rest of semester

s coronavirus cases rise, Lafayette County Schools has made a big announcement.

  Pandemic has taken a bite out of seafood trade, consumption

The coronavirus pandemic has hurt the U.S. seafood industry due to a precipitous fall in imports and exports and a drop in catch of some species.

  Regal owner Cineworld secures financial help until hoped-for reopening

Cineworld, which last month closed its cinemas in the U.S. and the U.K., has secured more than $750 million of new financing that it hopes will see it through the coronavirus pandemic.

  Military steps in to help in El Paso hospitals amid devastating COVID-19 surge

With El Paso hospitals and ICUs over capacity since last month due to one of the worst COVID-19 surges in the country, three Air Force medical teams have spent the past two weeks deployed to aid in the fight.

  Tougher COVID-19 business restrictions issued by SCHD begin on Monday

Starting Monday, a new health directive issued by the Shelby County Health Department will begin. The directive requires restaurants to hold limited capacity and close earlier.

  State legislators disagree on need for statewide mask mandate

Governor Reeves first enforced a statewide mask mandate on August 4. The mandate remained in effect until the governor lifted it on Sept. 30.

TDH: More than 4,500 new cases, 55 additional deaths identified in Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Health identified 4,589 new coronavirus cases as of Sunday afternoon.

  First US immunizations for COVID-19 could arrive on Dec. 12

The head of the U.S. effort to produce a coronavirus vaccine says the first immunizations could happen on Dec. 12.

Macy’s flagship store honors essential workers with holiday window displays

The display for this challenging year - with the theme "Give, Love and Believe" - honors frontline workers who have performed so heroically during the pandemic.

  Wrong text strangers hold mini Thanksgiving to honor loved one who died from COVID-19

An Arizona grandmother and her grandson by choice have celebrated Thanksgiving together since they met through an accidental text message in 2016.

  FDA allows emergency use of antibody drug Trump received

U.S. health officials Saturday agreed to allow emergency use of a second antibody drug to help the immune system fight COVID-19, an experimental medicine that President Donald Trump was given when he was sickened last month.

  Restaurant owners worried new SCHD directive will drive away customers

With the weather getting colder, many customers are too concerned to eat indoors, and with a new, more restrictive health directive on the way, one restaurant manager says she’s extremely worried.

  DeSoto County inches closer to 100 COVID-19 deaths

The Mississippi State Health Department confirmed 1,972 new cases of COVID-19 along with 15 new deaths. DeSoto County, which is among the hardest-hit counties, is inching closer to a grim milestone.

  TDH data shows more than 39,000 active cases in Tennessee

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 44,659 coronavirus cases and 630 deaths have been reported in Shelby County.

Miss. Gov. urged to enforce statewide mask order by State Rep.

Saturday, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported 1,972 new cases and 15 additional deaths.

  Out-of-state hunters flood Arkansas for Opening Day during pandemic

As the opening day of duck season quickly approaches, and thousands of hunters enter Arkansas, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission discusses coronavirus threats.

  Many GOP lawmakers shrug off Statehouse mask-wearing rules

Efforts to require lawmakers and staff to wear masks have received a cool reception even in statehouses that have seen outbreaks of the virus or where Republican governors have issued statewide mandates.

  Tenn. woman delivers baby while hospitalized with COVID-19

Now she’s sharing her experience with others and hopes they take the warning serious.

  University of Tennessee students may be required to take COVID-19 vaccine next year

Across the entire University of Tennessee system, there are nearly 220 active cases among students and staff and 1,078 in quarantine.

  SCHD releases new restrictions in Shelby County amid rising coronavirus cases

The health department’s been loosening restrictions since August. But with COVID-19 cases now surging and hospital beds filling up quickly— the rules are rolling back.

  COVID-19 task force encourages caution around Thanksgiving gatherings; free testing this weekend

Thanksgiving Day is one week away, and there’s an urgent plea from federal and local officials to shrink the size of your celebrations as COVID-19 cases surge.