Coronavirus Coverage

Eighth death and over 523 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Arkansas

ADH: 8th death occurred at the White River Medical Center.

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

  US death toll from the virus eclipses China’s official count

  23 deaths, more than 2,000 cases of COVID-19 reported in Tennessee; 428 cases in Shelby County

Prosecutor: Michigan man who claimed to have COVID-19 at Kroger tested negative

Tax deadline extended for businesses in Tennessee amid coronavirus outbreak

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

  WATCH: Infectious disease expert at Memphis hospital answers questions about COVID-19

Continued Coverage

  Stocks drift, still headed to worst quarter since 2008

  Live at 1:30: Gov. Asa Hutchinson gives daily COVID-19 briefing

  Regional One Health and American Red Cross partner to launch community blood drives

  Tenor Plácido Domingo feels ‘fine’ after coronavirus

  Coronavirus slump expected to rival big recessions in history

  Governor announces shelter-in-place for Lauderdale County

  Sesame Workshop enlists Elmo, Cookie Monster on hand washing

The beloved Sesame Street Muppets are featured in some of four new animated public service spots reminding young fans to take care while doing such things as washing hands and sneezing.

  Doctors say pink eye a potential symptom of COVID-19

The American Academy of Ophthalmology is recommending doctors take coronavirus precautions when dealing with patients, as several reports suggest the virus can cause conjunctivitis, or pink eye.

  937 cases of coronavirus identified by Miss. Dept. of Health; 20 deaths

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

  Chris Cuomo tests positive for coronavirus

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

LIST: COVID-19 testing sites now open across Mississippi

  Coronavirus: Walmart to take workers’ temperatures, provide gloves and masks

  Dozens of choir members sickened by coronavirus, 2 dead, after early March rehearsal

  Fed steps in once again to try to smooth out lending markets

  WATCH: Goats take over Welsh city while people are on lockdown

  Clergy member of Second Presbyterian Church dies from coronavirus

  Neurosurgeon who separated conjoined twins dies from complications of coronavirus

Renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Jim Goodrich died Monday of complications related to coronavirus.

NASA offering fun activities for families stuck at home during coronavirus outbreak

NASA’s website includes dozens of tutorials on different STEM activities for kids and adults alike.

  Calif. phone case company starts making masks as need for medical gear grows

Nomad said their goal is to get as many masks to as many people who need them as quickly and inexpensively as possible.

  How will we vote? Outbreak revives debate on mail-in ballots

In some states, it would amount to a major revamp of their voting system just eight months before an election.

  List of resources: Everything you need to know during the COVID-19 outbreak

We’re putting everything in one place so you can find helpful resources quickly.

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

Here’s a quick rundown on all the different ways you can watch “School on TV."

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

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

  Daughter says goodbye to mother dying of coronavirus over FaceTime

Knowing her patient would die soon, a charge nurse got dressed in protective gear and used her personal cell phone to help her daughter say goodbye over FaceTime.

  Mid-South business headlines: Hotels at risk for foreclosure request second stimulus due to COVID-19 outbreak

Hospitality experts say without federal intervention and relief, the carnage will be widespread including right here in Memphis.

  Regional One Health partnering with Red Cross for weekly blood drives in Memphis

Due to several blood drive cancellations in wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, blood banks across the country, and here in the Mid-South, are facing unexpected shortages.

  UTHSC College of Dentistry using 3D printers to make masks

The UTHSC College of Dentistry is using 3D printers to create filtration masks to battle the spread of COVID-19 in the Mid-South.

  Doctor at UTHSC says COVID-19 tests can give false-negative results

As of Monday morning, more than 4,300 people had been tested for coronavirus in Shelby County. Only 379 of those tests came back positive for the virus.

  Some Instacart, Amazon workers strike as jobs get riskier due to coronavirus

The one-day strikes had little impact on consumers, but the unrest called attention to mounting discontent among low-wage workers who are on the front lines of the pandemic.

  Gov. Bill Lee issues statewide ‘safer-at-home’ order closing all non-essential businesses

Governor Bill Lee signed an executive order Monday to close all non-essential businesses statewide as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases grows by the day.

  The Investigators: Calls into child abuse hotlines drop during pandemic

While classes are canceled across the Mid-South, child abuse is more likely to be spotted at school than anywhere else.

NCAA to give spring sport athletes extra year of eligibility

The council is made up of college sports administrators representing all 32 D-I conferences, plus two members of the student-athlete advisory committee.

  Shelby County officials reveal few details in county’s first COVID-19 death; Hospitals expecting surge in cases

Over the weekend, Shelby County recorded its first COVID-19-related death. Health officials did not have a weekend media briefing and spoke about that death for the first time Monday, revealing very few details.

  Abortion providers sue Texas over virus outbreak order

Planned Parenthood joined other abortion providers Wednesday in suing Texas over moving to ban abortions during the coronavirus outbreak.

  US cities brace for coronavirus spread; Spain’s hospitals at breaking point

The top infectious-disease expert in the United States warned that smaller U.S. cities are about to witness the rapid acceleration in coronavirus cases that New York is seeing.

  Is Mississippi’s hospital system prepared to handle COVID-19 cases?

Mississippi hospitals are bracing for what could be a surge of COVID-19 patients.

  Organizations stepping up to keep Memphis strong amid COVID-19 outbreak

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Mid-South organizations are stepping up to help those in need. Dixie Pickers in Memphis teamed up with Grind City Designs to make t-shirts amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  ‘Goodnight with Dolly’: Country star to read bedtime stories to kids online

The Facebook event “will feature Dolly Parton reading a series of Imagination Library books all carefully chosen for their appropriate content at this moment in time.”

  Mid-South hotels offering rooms for medical facilities in need of overflow space

While COVID-19 numbers are on the rise in the Mid-South, three hotels have offered lodging to patients at medical facilities in need of overflow space.

Germantown temporarily lays off all part-time employees

The City of Germantown has temporarily laid off all 209 of their part-time employees.

  Mayor Jim Strickland limiting vehicle access to parks, closing Riverside

“These new restrictions are designed to allow people to walk or run through their neighborhood park but to prohibit people from congregating in large groups,” said Strickland.

  How would overwhelmed hospitals decide who to treat first?

Health care workers are dreading the prospect of such dire scenarios as U.S. hospitals brace for a looming surge in patients who need breathing machines and other resources that could soon be in critically short supply.

  Rural Mid-South areas prepare for spread of COVID-19

The hospital systems in the Bluff City say they are prepared for whatever comes their way. But if they become overwhelmed, the state has been looking at ways to ease that burden.

  6 people test positive for COVID-19 at Memphis assisted living facility

Shelby County health officials confirm an outbreak of the novel coronavirus at an assisted living facility in Memphis.

  NY Rep. Velazquez diagnosed with ‘presumed’ case of COVID-19

New York Rep. Nydia Velázquez stood within feet of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic and Republican leaders at a signing ceremony after the bill was passed.

  Memphis officials recommend use of masks or facial coverings

The city says surgical masks are proven to serve two functions: not transmitting the infection to others and not becoming infected with the virus.

Miss. SNAP benefits increased for March, April

Mississippi Department of Human Services is providing emergency food assistance to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo of health care workers flying to help NY gets love

The photo shows dozens of people, some wearing masks and gloves, holding their hands in the shape of a heart.

  List of Memphis-area restaurants with delivery or takeout options during the coronavirus outbreak

Curbside pick-up, delivery and carry-out food options now available.

  Kroger addresses distribution center backup due to coronavirus concerns

Kroger officials said early morning lines of trucks outside the Southeast Memphis Distribution Center aren’t unusual.

  Wall Street pushes higher, led by surging health care stocks

The relatively tentative moves in the market follow last week’s stellar performance, where the S&P 500 surged 10.2% for its biggest weekly gain since the market hit bottom in 2009 following the financial crisis.

Florida pastor arrested for violating rules amid virus outbreak

Florida officials have arrested the pastor of a megachurch after detectives say he held two Sunday services with hundreds of people and violated a safer-at-home order in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

  Tennessee reports 1,834 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 13 deaths; 396 cases in Shelby County

There are now nearly 2,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Tennessee, according to state health officials.

  FBI: ‘Don’t fall victim to stimulus check scams’

Officials say don’t fall victim to phone calls, texts, e-mails or websites that ask for personal or financial information in order to receive your federal payment.

No, Gov. Tate Reeves is not banning the sale of alcohol

Don't always believe what you read on Facebook

  How to avoid aches and pains while working from home during coronavirus pandemic

If you’re working from home because of the coronavirus outbreak, there are some things you can do to make sure you don’t strain your body.

  Singer John Prine is in stable condition, his wife says

The singer-songwriter's family said Sunday that Prine was critically ill.

WATCH: Italian twins strike a chord with Coldplay’s ‘Viva la Vida’ in a coronavirus world

Mirko and Valerio have racked up millions of views over the last couple of weeks after recording the song while in isolation during the pandemic.

  At least 130 test positive for coronavirus at Tenn. nursing home, including 2 deaths

At least 130 people, including staff members and residents, have tested positive. At least two people have died from COVID-19.

  Arkansas state parks to remain open as COVID-19 cases rise to 473

In a daily update, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and authorities with the Arkansas Department of Health say there are now 473 COVID-19 cases in Arkansas and seven deaths related to the virus.

  Traveling to Florida? You may be stopped at a checkpoint

People entering Florida driving on the Interstate will be screened near the state line as the state looks to stop the spread of COVID-19.

  Time to ‘revenge shop’: China’s coronavirus hot spot reopens

Officials are under orders to revive manufacturing, retailing and other industries while also preventing a spike in infections as people return to work.

Forrest City officers deliver groceries to those in need

Officers in Forrest City, Arkansas are stepping up to help those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Macy’s to furlough majority of its 130,000 workers amid coronavirus outbreak

Macy’s says it will stop paying tens of thousands of employees who were thrown out of work when the chain closed its stores in response to collapsing sales during the pandemic.

  Student learns she’s school valedictorian at drive-thru window where she works

The high school principal didn't let her school’s closure stop her from announcing this year's valedictorian and salutatorian.

County-by-county COVID-19 tracker

We are updating this county-by-county map to illustrate the number of COVID-19 cases in each county in the United States per capita.

  WMC partners with Shelby County Schools to broadcast home lessons for students during COVID-19 pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has forced widespread school closures in the United States and an unprecedented disruption of K-12 education. For children living in homes without broadband internet service, the lack of schooling cannot simply be replaced by online distant learning substitutes.

Van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch museum closed by virus

The Singer Laren museum east of Amsterdam says “Spring Garden” by the Dutch master was taken in the early hours of Monday.

  Prince Charles ends isolation period for coronavirus

Royal officials said last week the 71-year-old heir to the British throne was showing mild symptoms of COVID-19 and self-isolating at the royal family’s Balmoral estate in Scotland.

  Is takeout safe to eat during the coronavirus outbreak? Experts explain.

There has not been evidence to show the virus is transmitted by eating food.

Dollar General offering discounts to medical workers, first responders, National Guardsmen

On behalf of the entire Dollar General family, we would like to thank all of the physicians, nurses, pharmacists, paramedics, police officers, firefighters, Guardsmen and other health care and front-line professionals working to support and care for our neighbors and communities.”

  AP FACT CHECK: Trump gets a reality check on coronavirus

For weeks, President Donald Trump carved out a trail of groundless assurances about the coronavirus pandemic as health officials, governors and local officials sounded the alarm about what was coming — and already here.

  Blissful ignorance? Submariners likely unaware of coronavirus pandemic

Mariners aboard ballistic submarines are habitually spared bad news while underwater to avoid undermining their morale, say current and former officers who served aboard France's nuclear-armed subs.

  COVID-19 concerns causing delays at Kroger Distribution Center in Memphis

Truck drivers told WMC Action News 5 the problem stems from a distribution employee testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.