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

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

  155 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths reported in Shelby County

Report: Hotel will house Olympic athletes with COVID-19

Memphis community leaders step up vaccination efforts

  155 new COVID-19 cases, 1 additional death reported in Shelby County

  COVID-19 in Mississippi: 117 new cases reported Sun.

  Stalled at first jab: Vaccine shortages hit poor countries

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Pop-up vaccine sites benefit Memphis community

Mississippi’s Hispanic community lagging behind in COVID-19 vaccinations

  Tailgating welcomed at tigers spring football game

  Pfizer asks US to allow more kids to get vaccine

  CDC ties COVID clusters to youth sports

  No region in the world spared as virus cases, deaths surge

  1,120 more deaths, 4 new COVID-19 cases reported in Tennessee

It’s not immediately clear when the deaths occurred.

  WHO chief decries ‘shocking’ vaccine imbalance

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that on average, one in four people in rich countries has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, compared to only one in 500 people in low-income countries.

  FEMA to start taking applicants for COVID-related funeral reimbursements

A new reimbursement program from the Federal Emergency Management Agency could take some of the financial burden off grieving relatives.

  No appointments needed for federal COVID-19 vaccination site during evenings through Sunday

Doses are plentiful in Memphis and the vaccine process is now down to a science.

NE Arkansas school districts reporting COVID-19 cases

  Drive-ups welcomed without appointments at Pipkin Building for COVID-19 vaccine

  SCHD Interim Director discusses transformative stage for department

  Florida sues federal government to allow cruises to sail

  MATA providing free fares for vaccine appointments

  Governments give varying advice on AstraZeneca vaccine

  COVID-19 patient receives lung transplant from living donors

Kyoto University Hospital said it was the world’s first transplant of lung tissue from living donors to a person with COVID-19 lung damage.

  Vaccines available without appointment evenings this week at Pipkin Building

The City of Memphis announced the Pipkin Building Community Vaccination Center will offer vaccines from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday on a first come, first served basis.

  Push for people to register for vaccines continues as mass vaccination site kicks off

Health Department data shows more than 133,000 Shelby Countians are now fully vaccinated. To reach herd immunity, experts say 700,000 people need to get their shots.

  Woman helps register, drive nearly 100 people in rural Miss. to COVID-19 vaccine appointments

Retired educator Vernetta Price gained the reputation in Sardis, Mississippi as the woman who could get you things, specifically a vaccine.

  Study shows a third of COVID-19 survivors suffer mental health or neurological symptoms

A third of COVID-19 survivors may suffer longer term mental health or neurological symptoms, a new study in the journal Lancet Psychiatry finds.

  UK advises limiting AstraZeneca in under-30s amid clot worry

The EU’s drug regulator says it has found a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and a rare clotting disorder but said that the benefits of the shot still outweigh the risks.

  Experts discuss the COVID-19 vaccine and the state of the pandemic in a virtual WMC forum

We talked with experts from Methodist and across the Mid-South about the vaccine and what needs to happen next to return to some sense of normalcy.

  Collierville working to keep The Shops at Carriage Crossing open amid pandemic

According to Coresight Research, 25% of America’s roughly 1,000 malls will close over the next three to five years.

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.

59 new COVID-19 cases, 1 more death in Shelby County

There have been 91,906 cases and 1,575 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

  CDC: Variant found in Britain most common in US

Walensky says new outbreaks have been tied to youth sports and day care centers.

  As states expand vaccines, prisoners still lack access

Nationwide, less than 20% of state and federal prisoners have been vaccinated, according to data collected by The Marshall Project and The Associated Press.

  FEMA mass vaccination site opens in Memphis

FEMA is taking over operations from the City of Memphis at that location and plans to vaccinate up to 3,000 people each day.

  Over 550k people fully vaccinated in Miss.

Mississippi is making records when it comes to distributing COVID-19 vaccines!

  Woman recovering after rare windpipe transplant from donor

Doctors say this drastic operation could potentially help other people including COVID-19 patients left with serious windpipe damage from breathing machines.

  CDC awards $120.5M to Mid-South states to expand COVID-19 vaccine access and increase acceptance in minority communities

Mid-South states are getting more than $120.5 million in federal funding to help expand vaccination efforts in communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 virus.

  Redbirds, 901 FC prepare to kick off new season with COVID-19 guidelines

With the Memphis Redbirds first game scheduled for May 4 and 901 FC beginning June 15 Craig Unger, president of both teams says fans will be allowed to attend.

  At Disney World, smiles won’t be hidden for much longer

Starting Thursday, visitors to the theme park resort will be able to remove their masks temporarily for outdoor photos.

  City opens more second dose appointments at mass vaccination site

As the most populous county in the state, that means about 13 percent of the county is fully vaccinated according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

  Nearly half of new US virus infections are in just 5 states

New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey together reported 44% of the nation’s new COVID-19 infections.

Shelby County leading state in vaccine distribution

SCHD reports less than 100 new cases of COVID-19.

  Official: EU agency to confirm AstraZeneca blood clot link

Any further doubts about the AstraZeneca vaccine would be a setback for the shot, which is critical to Europe’s immunization campaign and a linchpin in the global strategy to get vaccines to poorer countries.

  Man arrested at Disney Springs refused temperature screening, refused to leave, deputies say

Kelly Sills of Baton Rouge, La., refused to undergo a temperature screening at Disney Springs, according to deputies, which Disney requires as a COViD-19 precaution.

  Study: Moderna vaccine lasts at least 6 months

The report Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine echoes what Pfizer said last week about its vaccine, which works in a similar way.

  Viral thoughts: Why COVID-19 conspiracy theories persist

Conspiracy theories about the coronavirus have flourished since the global pandemic was declared a year ago. Researchers want to know why.

  Norwegian Cruise Line to resume trips in Greece, Caribbean

Norwegian said Tuesday that it plans trips in late July in the Greek islands and in August in the Caribbean.

  Most kids with serious inflammatory illness had mild COVID

The unusual post-infection condition tends to be milder in kids who were sicker with COVID-19, although more than half of affected youngsters received intensive hospital care, according to a CDC analysis.

Miss. receives $29.7M to expand vaccination efforts in minority communities

31 percent of all shots administered have gone to African Americans.

Morgan Freeman: ‘If you trust me, you’ll get the vaccine’

Mississippian Morgan Freeman is urging people to get their COVID-19 vaccine.

  Have you recovered from COVID-19? Experts say you still need the vaccine

There are over 790,000 people in Tennessee who have recovered from COVID-19 and due to natural antibodies from having the virus many question if they should get the vaccine.

  Shelby County aims to vaccinate 5,000 people a day

In Shelby County, thousands of appointments for the shot remain open with the federal mass vaccination site opening in a matter of days.

  Norwegian Cruise Line asks CDC to allow trips from US in July

The Norwegian Cruise Line is seeking permission to resume trips from U.S. ports on July 4, requiring passengers and crew members to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks before the trip.

  Growing concern over COVID-19 variant infecting children

Experts are raising the alarm about a virus variant that appears to be infecting school-age children and younger adults.

  UK will test vaccine passports, to ease lockdown next week

Businesses from barbers to bookstores will be allowed to reopen next week in the United Kingdom.

Data shows increase in 7-day average for new COVID-19 cases in Shelby County

The Shelby County Health Department reported less than 100 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, but data shows increases in some COVID-19 numbers in recent weeks.

  Some businesses want masks on, even as states drop mandates

Many business owners are keeping their own rules in place, requiring staffers and customers alike to wear masks for the sake of protecting everybody, particularly their employees. And the law is on an owner’s side.

  US races to vaccinate for virus as potential fourth surge looms

The U.S. passed a huge milestone this weekend, averaging more than 3 million COVID vaccine shots in arms per day.

  Reeves shares opinion of vaccine passports on CNN

The governor spoke to CNN Sunday saying Americans should decide what’s best for their families.

  Vaccines now available to everyone 16+ statewide in Tennessee

As of Monday, all Tennesseans 16 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

  FEMA reimbursing funeral costs for families who’ve lost loved ones due to COVID

During this COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of families in Mississippi found themselves having to bury a loved one who contracted the virus.

  Singing hymns through masks, Christians mark pandemic Easter

Christianity’s most joyous feast day was celebrated worldwide with the faithful spaced apart in pews and singing choruses of “Hallelujah” through face coverings on a second Easter Sunday marked by pandemic precautions.

Shelby County reports more than 100 new COVID-19 cases

Shelby County reports more than 100 covid-19 cases

  Man chooses homelessness to avoid debt amid pandemic financial struggles

At first, he stayed in the condo he could no longer afford, thanks to eviction moratoriums. But as his owed rent continued to rise, he decided to move out.

NCAA fan’s death prompts contact tracing in Indiana

Health officials in Indiana said Saturday they are investigating whether anyone was exposed to COVID-19 by Alabama residents following Friday night’s death of a Crimson Tide fan who was in Indianapolis for the NCAA Tournament last weekend.

  New record for pandemic-era air travel set Friday

The Transportation Security Administration says they have screened more than 1.5 million people at airports on Friday.

Shelby County reports less than 100 COVD-19 cases

SCHD reports less than 100 covid-19 cases

  Couple married 72 years reunite after pandemic kept them apart

While the couple have had socially distant visits, but they weren’t nearly enough as the long-awaited real ones.

  CDC releases guidance on Easter gatherings

The Center for Disease Control has announced that people who are fully vaccinated can travel in the United States without getting tested for COVID-19 or having to quarantine.

  Thousands of vaccine appointments open for Pipkin FEMA vaccination site

Local leaders have said this FEMA Community Vaccination Center opening next week at the Pipkin building is exciting for the community as it could help us speed to that finish line of herd immunity.

  Fully vaccinated people can travel safely again, CDC says

A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine.

SCHD reports nearly 200 cases of COVID-19

There have been 91,524 cases and 1,570 deaths in Shelby County since the start of the pandemic.

  Johnson & Johnson expands vaccine trial to kids 12-17

Johnson & Johnson says it is enrolling teens in trials to test its vaccine on 12 to 17-year-olds.

43K Johnson & Johnson vaccines ‘available’ in Miss. next week

State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs made the announcement via Twitter Friday.

  CDC releases guidance for Easter celebrations

The agency says if it’s been two weeks since your last vaccine dose, you can safely gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.

  FDA authorizes 2 changes to Moderna’s vaccine

The FDA has authorized two changes to Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine that can provide extra doses from each vial.

  CDC advises Americans to celebrate safely this Easter

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidelines on safe ways to celebrate religious holidays.

Memphis VA offers vaccines in Jonesboro

The clinic offered the one-dose, Johnson & Johnson version of the vaccine, adding to the convenience afforded to veterans who didn’t have to travel to Memphis.

  The legendary Rev. Al Green receives 2nd COVID-19 vaccine dose

He received his second dose of the Moderna vaccine at St. Francis HospitalMemphis Thursday.