Coronavirus Coverage

Sanity trial in newspaper shooting postponed amid pandemic

Hearings and a jury trial to determine criminal sanity for a man who pleaded guilty to killing five people at a Maryland newspaper have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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

  Texas county warns of arrests for COVID-19 positive residents who don’t self-isolate

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

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

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

  Trump pushes state, local leaders to reopen schools in fall

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

  Scientists urge WHO to acknowledge coronavirus can spread in air

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

  McConnell eyes virus aid as evictions, benefits cuts loom

  Protective gear for medical workers begins to run low again

  Gray Television’s Greta Van Susteren interviews President Trump

  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.

At least 8 Mississippi lawmakers test positive for COVID-19

At least eight Mississippi lawmakers have tested positive for the coronavirus after working several weeks in a Capitol where many people stood or sat close together and did not wear masks.

  CDC releases guidelines on youth sports safety

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is out with updated guidelines for youth sports safety in the age of COVID-19.

  EPA approves first surface disinfectant products tested for the coronavirus

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved two products for killing the novel coronavirus on surfaces following laboratory testing.

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

  Shelby County Health Department clarifies mask order for children

  32,214 cases of coronavirus identified by Miss. Dept. of Health; 1,158 deaths

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

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

  Brazil’s President Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19

  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.

  Biden wants US to produce more of its own pandemic supplies

Joe Biden is promising to shift production of medical equipment and other key pandemic-fighting products “back to U.S. soil,” creating jobs and bolstering a domestic supply chain he says has been exposed as inadequate and vulnerable by the coronavirus outbreak.

  Coronavirus ‘out of control’ in southern U.S., expert says

One health expert says rapid surges in coronavirus cases have made contact tracing impossible across the southern U.S.

Lt. Gov. Hosemann tests positive for COVID-19

Hosemann is self-quarantining and working at home.

  In reversal, Georgia universities to now mandate masks

Faculty and employees have increasingly been demanding that their institutions mandate masks to slow virus transmission, signing letters and petitions

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

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

  Governors’ companies among recipients of virus relief loans

Governors who ordered shutdowns as their states responded to the coronavirus pandemic were among millions of beneficiaries of the loan program created to help small businesses weather COVID-19′s effect on the economy, data released Monday show.

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.

  Asymptomatic COVID-19 cases may be driving spread, research indicates

Using existing research, scientists have found that silent transmission could be responsible for half of the COVID cases.

Kanye West’s clothing brand borrowed millions in pandemic loans

Kanye West’s clothing brand Yeezy reportedly got between $2 million and $5 million in coronavirus aid loans from the federal government.

  Trump donors among early recipients of coronavirus loans

As much as $273 million in federal coronavirus aid was awarded to more than 100 companies that are owned or operated by major donors to President Donald Trump’s election efforts, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal data.

NHL, players announce labor deal, plan to resume play Aug. 1

The National Hockey League and NHL Players’ Association have reached a tentative agreement to return to play this season and extend their collective bargaining agreement by four years.

  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.

MLB releases pandemic-shortened schedule amid testing delays

By the time MLB revealed each team’s 60-game slate, last year's World Series teams, the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros, had canceled workouts because of COVID-19 testing delays.

  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.

  Hospitals approaching capacity as Miami closes restaurants

Hospitals are fast approaching capacity in Florida and Texas, and the Miami area again ordered restaurants closed as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations began to climb.

  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.

  New rules: Foreign pupils must leave US if classes go online

New federal guidelines say international students will be forced to leave the U.S. or transfer to another college if their schools offer classes entirely online this fall.

  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.

  Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms contracts COVID-19

Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a potential Democratic vice presidential candidate tweeted Monday that she has tested positive for COVID-19.

  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.

FDA gives emergency approval to quick COVID-19 antigen test

The diagnostic swab test can yield results in 15 minutes.

  South Dakota governor, exposed to virus, joined Trump on jet

Noem didn’t wear a mask on the plane and chatted with the president as the flight returned to Washington, D.C., according to her spokesperson, Maggie Seidel.

  Fears linger as Disney World gets ready to reopen

Several new safety measures will be in place as the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom reopen for guests on Saturday. Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT open July 15.

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.

  Harvard invites freshmen to campus, but classes stay online

University officials announced Monday that only 40% of undergraduates will be invited to campus in an effort to reduce density and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  Small business aid went beyond hard-hit companies, data show

The government handed out $521 billion through the paycheck protection program, a crucial piece of the government's $2 trillion rescue package.

  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.

  FDA adds to list warning of potentially toxic hand sanitizers

The FDA updated an earlier advisory, adding more hand sanitizer products that may contain methanol it recommended people not use.

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

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

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

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

  Amid pandemic, fewer students seek federal aid for college

The number of high school seniors applying for U.S. federal college aid plunged in the weeks following the sudden closure of school buildings this spring.

  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.

  Broadway star Nick Cordero dies after monthslong battle against coronavirus

Cordero faced severe complications from the virus, despite having no pre-existing health conditions. He spent weeks on a ventilator, suffered septic shock, mini-strokes and had to have a leg amputated.

  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.

  July 4 weekend fuels worries about skyrocketing virus cases

The United States has dipped under 50,000 new daily infections for the first time in four days, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, but experts fear celebrations for the July 4th weekend will act like rocket fuel for the nation’s surging coronavirus outbreak.

  Mid-South states added to Chicago’s emergency travel order

Chicago is ordering travelers from 15 states, including the Mid-South, to quarantine for 14 days upon arriving to the city in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Man in famous 9/11 photo dies from COVID-19 in Florida

A man photographed fleeing smoke and debris as the south tower of the World Trade Center crumbled just a block away on Sept. 11, 2001, has died from coronavirus.

Trump signs extension of COVID-relief fund for businesses

The legislation extends the June 30 deadline for applying for the program to Aug. 8.

  Debates turn emotional as schools across US decide how and if to open

The plans for the upcoming school year are taking shape by the day, and vary district to district, state to state.

  For nation’s birthday, Trump stokes the divisions within US

While public health officials are urging Americans to hold more muted Independence Day celebrations amid a spike of coronavirus cases, President Donald Trump is going big for what he is promising will be a “special evening” in the nation’s capital.

Dodgers pitcher Price won’t play this year because of virus

Dodgers pitcher David Price will not play this season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, delaying his Los Angeles debut until next year.

  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.

  Virus doesn’t stop annual hot dog eating contest

The coronavirus put a damper on this year’s Fourth of July celebrations in New York, but some things stayed the same. Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo repeated as men’s and women’s champions at Saturday’s Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest.

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.

  US holiday weekend adds to virus worries as case counts grow

Many communities canceled those events and cautioned people against gathering on their own.

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.

  English pubs reopen but little normal elsewhere in the world

More than 11 million people around the world are known to have been infected since the pandemic began, 2.7 million of those in the U.S., according to the Johns Hopkins data. With shortages of testing materials, the real number of cases is unknown.

  Governors stress ‘personal responsibility’ over virus orders

Elevating a message of personal responsibility over statewide crackdowns on businesses and requirements for people in public spaces has been a consistent approach among certain governors during the coronavirus crisis.