Coronavirus

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

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

Health officials report 1,437 new coronavirus cases, 22 new deaths in Tennessee

US colleges struggle to salvage semester amid outbreaks

  COVID-19 in Mississippi: 96,677 cases, 2,911 deaths reported by health dept.

Shelby County government launch initiative to provide masks for children

  CBU reports 2 students positive for COVID-19

  Methodist University Hospital president discusses fight against COVID-19

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  Virus cases rise in US heartland, home to anti-mask feelings

  SCS student says she’s struggling with virtual learning

  UTHSC physicians leading potential ‘game changer’ clinical trial for COVID-19 treatment in Memphis

6 items to add to your packing list for COVID-era travel

  Under virus strain, Europe’s leaders plead at UN for unity

SCSO reports 33 active COVID-19 cases among employees, detainees

White House ordered to have sign language at virus briefings

The White House and plaintiffs have “largely agreed on all terms” to resolve the matter, according to the order.

  2 charged for handling of virus outbreak at Mass. veterans home where 76 died

Former Holyoke Soldiers' Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh and former Medical Director David Clinton were indicted by a grand jury. Each is charged with 10 counts — five counts of criminal neglect and five counts of serious bodily injury.

  Tennessee COVID-19 deaths increase by 42, more than 1,900 cases reported

The Tennessee Department of Health is reporting more than 1,900 new cases of COVID-19 in Tennessee and 42 additional deaths.

  Drugmaker Novavax begins late-stage vaccine trial in UK

Drugmakers are rushing to develop COVID-19 vaccines with the backing of governments desperate to find a way of easing restrictions that have hammered the world economy.

  Miss. sees increase in daily COVID-19 cases

  Tennessee children use art to express themselves during uncertain times

  Misreported Deaths: Government count of nursing home COVID-19 cases still inaccurate despite criticism

  Sorting through the symptoms: Allergies, Asthma, Flu vs. COVID-19

  UTHSC, Regional One Health collaborate for COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial

  SCHD says limited-service restaurants, bars that don’t follow restrictions risk losing liquor licenses

  Democrats to redraft virus relief in bid to jump-start talks

Democrats are going back to the drawing board on a huge virus relief bill.

  Fraud, backlogs disrupt US unemployment benefit payments

The biggest threat is posed by sophisticated international fraud rings that often use stolen identities to apply for benefits, filling out the forms with a wealth of accurate information that enables their applications to “sail through the system.”

Ole Miss suspends baseball activities after positive COVID tests

Ole Miss is suspending baseball activities for several weeks.

United to offer COVID testing for some travelers

United Airlines will offer coronavirus testing on flights from San Francisco International Airport to Hawaiian airports. Passengers with negative results won't have to quarantine for two weeks.

  More than 14,000 active COVID-19 cases reported in Tennessee

Health officials are reporting 835 new coronavirus cases in Tennessee, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 187,544.

  WATCH: Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare gives update on COVID-19 across the state

Health officials with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare are hosting a live briefing on their overall state with the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Annual Lennon tribute, in 40th year, goes online

There was no way it was being canceled, not on what would have been Lennon’s 80th birthday, not on the tribute’s 40th year.

  Drug companies work jointly to boost vaccine confidence

The comments come as scientists scramble to develop a vaccine that would protect the public from a pandemic that has killed nearly 1 million people worldwide.

Olive Branch High boys’ basketball team quarantined, school officials say

Members of the Olive Branch High School boys' basketball team have been quarantined due to close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, according to school officials.

  US experts vow ‘no cutting corners’ as vaccine tests expand

A huge international study of a COVID-19 vaccine that aims to work with just one dose is getting underway as top U.S. health officials sought Wednesday to assure a skeptical Congress and public that they can trust any shots the government ultimately approves.

  Bars, breweries and limited-service restaurants move quickly to reopen in Shelby County

Tuesday, the Shelby County Health Department gave limited-service restaurants and bars the green light to reopen starting 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 23.

  SCHD says no marked increase in pediatric COVID-19 cases with local school re-openings

Public health officials in Shelby County said they do not believe school re-openings have resulted in increased cases of COVID-19 among children locally.

Missouri governor, opponent of mandatory masks, has COVID-19

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican who has steadfastly refused to require residents to wear masks, tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said Wednesday.

  Collierville High School teachers push for changes to COVID-19 instructional methods

Some Collierville teachers are asking the district to move to all virtual learning, citing concern over their workload.

  Memphis sees decline in robberies amid coronavirus pandemic

Now six months after the pandemic started, law enforcement officials and public safety officials in Shelby County are getting a better idea of how it affected crime trends.

  Tennessee leaders say data shows COVID-19 pandemic having significant impact on student learning

Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn cited recent data showing an estimated 50-percent decrease in deficiency in third-grade reading and an estimated 65-percent decrease in deficiency in third-grade math.

New Year’s Eve in Times Square incorporates virtual elements

Organizers say New Year’s Eve in Times Square will incorporate virtual elements and be scaled down and socially distant on site in response to the coronavirus.

  Officials urge flu vaccine as flu season, pandemic brings ‘doubly challenging’ time

A statewide mask mandate remains in place through the end of September.

14th MATA employee tests positive for COVID-19

Memphis Area Transit Authority has reported its 14th COVID-19 case among its employees.

  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.

  Tennessee coronavirus cases increase by more than 1,500; 14 new deaths reported

The Tennessee Department of Health has announced 1,561 new cases of COVID-19 and 14 additional deaths in the state.

  South by Southwest announces online 2021 festival

Officials say they’ve joined forces with the city of Austin to still plan for physical events, in case they can be held amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  House easily passes stopgap funding bill, averting shutdown

Democrats and Republicans in a bitterly divided U.S. House have voted to take a government shutdown off the table this fall, giving a big, bipartisan vote to a temporary government-wide funding bill Tuesday night.

Deadline for La. residents to claim IRS stimulus check is Oct. 15

Thousands of Louisiana residents are leaving money on the table, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

  CDC to delay vote on who will get COVID vaccine

There’s general agreement among the CDC panel that frontline health care workers should be the first to get a vaccine when one is approved, but who gets priority after that?

  ‘Unfathomable’: US death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000

The bleak milestone, by far the highest confirmed death toll from the virus in the world, was reported by Johns Hopkins, based on figures supplied by state health authorities.

  Tennessee reports 28 more deaths, 739 more cases Tuesday

According to TDH data, there are 15,109 active cases in the state.

  NFL fines coaches, teams for not covering faces

The league levied hefty fines of $100,000 per coach and $250,000 per club.

  Bars, limited-service restaurants can reopen as Shelby County loosens COVID-19 restrictions

The Shelby County Health Department has announced new guidance for limited-service restaurants and bars in Shelby County allowing them to reopen.

  Steakhouse chain Sizzler files for bankruptcy amid pandemic

Sizzler USA, one of America’s first casual restaurant chains, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it struggles amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Debunked Nashville COVID story prompts differing responses on Fox News

The story came from a Thursday report by Nashville’s Fox affiliate WZTV on “leaked emails” that the station retracted late Friday upon learning that they didn’t mean what its reporter thought they did.

  Airline denies mom and son, 2, after he refused to wear mask

A New Hampshire woman was not allowed to stay on an American Airlines flight with her 2-year-old son because he would not wear a mask as the airline requires.

  CDC changes, then retracts, web posting on how virus spreads

The top U.S. public health agency stirred confusion by posting — and then taking down — an apparent change in its position on how easily the coronavirus can spread from person to person through the air.

  Local schools turning to 14-day virtual learning ‘reset’ after COVID-19 clusters identified

Another Memphis high school announced Monday it would go virtual for two weeks as a result of multiple COVID-19 cases.

  Pine-Sol cleaner approved for killing coronavirus on hard surfaces

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved Pine-Sol’s original cleaner as a product that can kill coronavirus on frequently used surfaces.

  US cruises vow 100% testing in plan for resuming sailing

The plan permits limited shore excursions and requires passengers to wear masks and stay apart from other people during those excursions. Passengers who don’t comply won’t be allowed to reboard.

Watchdog: Millions in danger of missing virus relief payouts

The Government Accountability Office, Congress' auditing arm, said in a report Monday that possibly 8.7 million or more individuals who are eligible for the economic impact payments have yet to receive those payments because of inadequate IRS and Treasury Department records.

  US nears 200,000 virus deaths; Europe adopts tougher restrictions as infections surge

Health authorities in the U.S. are deeply worried about the resumption of school and college and the onset of cold weather, which will force more people indoors.

  More than 800 new COVID-19 cases, 15 more deaths reported in Tennessee

Health officials have identified 895 new coronavirus cases and 15 additional deaths in Tennessee as of Monday.

MFD reports 17 employees with COVID-19, 15 others quarantined

A spokesman for the Memphis Fire Department says Fire Station 9 has six employees with COVID-19 and another four are self-quarantined because of exposure.

161 Desoto County students in quarantine; 18 COVID-19 cases among students, 6 among staff

DeSoto County Schools is reporting 161 of its students are currently in quarantine after 18 coronavirus cases were identified among students and six among staff.

  CBHS goes virtual after COVID-19 cluster confirmed on campus

The school confirms a total of six cases, including two employees and four students. CBHS says the two employee cases are related and two student cases are related.

13th MATA employee tests positive for COVID-19

The transit authority says it is closely monitoring the spread of the virus and is following guidelines set in place by the Centers for Disease Control.

  Milwaukee family of 4 evicted despite national COVID-19 eviction moratorium

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instituted a national eviction moratorium in early September that lasts through the end of the year.

  Boy, 11, warned after wearing ‘inappropriate’ Hooters face mask to Fla. school

The principal called the Hooters mask "offensive to women and inappropriate," and the school district says it violates student dress code.

  The Investigators: How local universities are sharing COVID-19 data and handling cases

The WMC Action News Five Investigators also looked at what happens after a student living on campus tests positive.

  Biden to focus on health care in Supreme Court debate

Joe Biden is using the sudden Supreme Court vacancy to reinforce his argument that the upcoming election should be a referendum on President Donald Trump’s handling of health care and the coronavirus.

Tadej Pogacar wins COVID-defying Tour de France

In a stunning performance for the ages, Tour de France rookie Tadej Pogacar won cycling’s showpiece race Sunday on the eve of his 22nd birthday.

More than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths reported in Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Heath reports 183,514 cases with 2,218 deaths and 662 hospitalizations.

  Shelby County Health Department hosts COVID-19 testing event for the Hispanic community

Hispanics and Latinos are a growing part of Shelby County’s community, but health officials say they’re also among the most underserved populations when it comes to COVID-19 testing.

Health officials report 20 new coronavirus deaths, 942 new cases in Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Health announced 942 new cases and 20 more related deaths of as Saturday afternoon.

  Gov. Bill Lee visits COVID-19 testing site in Haywood Co., urges rural Tennesseans to get tested

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee traveled to Haywood County on Friday to visit a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site.

SCSO reports 34 active COVID-19 cases among employees, detainees

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office reported a total of 34 active cases among their employees and detainees Friday.

  Gov. says state fair allowed under current orders, ‘not classified as a social gathering’

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves is discussing the latest in the state’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  CDC drops controversial testing advice that caused backlash

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention essentially returned to its previous testing guidance, getting rid of language posted last month that said people who didn’t feel sick didn’t need to get tested.

  More than 2,300 new COVID-19 cases, 32 additional deaths reported in Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Health is reporting 2,357 new COVID-19 cases statewide with an increase of 32 deaths.

  COVID measures could keep flu in check this year

The same measures we've been using to slow the spread of COVID-19 – like mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing – can also help stop the spread of flu.

  Push is underway to test COVID-19 vaccines in diverse groups

Many thousands of volunteers from minority groups are needed for huge clinical trials underway or about to begin.