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

  758 cases of coronavirus identified by Miss. Dept. of Health; 14 deaths

  Alcohol sales are pouring in amid coronavirus outbreak

  1,373 COVID-19 cases across Tennessee, 1 death confirmed in Shelby County

  Tickets now available for 21st annual St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway!

  First coronavirus death reported in DeSoto County, health dept. confirms

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  COVID-19 testing ramps up in DeSoto County with one-day-only drive-thru testing center

  More than 1,000 cases of coronavirus in Tennessee, including 6 deaths

Memphis in May announces new October dates for Beale Street Music Festival, barbecue contest

LIST: COVID-19 testing sites now open across Mississippi

Employee at Memphis Health Center tests positive for COVID-19

  Gov. Asa Hutchison calls for compliance in hopes to beat worst-case scenario of COVID-19 in Arkansas

  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.

  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.

  Free one-day only COVID-19 testing available for DeSoto County residents Friday

The Mississippi State Department of Health and the University of Mississippi Medical Center will be opening a mobile COVID-19 testing site in DeSoto County for one day only on Friday. Testing is free of charge.

  Tennessee Democrats call for statewide ‘safer-in-place’ order

Testing is an important part of the equation to fight coronavirus. But there is a growing political battle about just how much state governors should be doing to keep people home and away from others.

  Doctor at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital works with survivors long after they win the battle

  Tunica County woman among coronavirus deaths reported in Miss.

Two employees, one student test positive for coronavirus at MSU

  Classroom makeover: Teacher transforms her shed into a schoolhouse for online students

  Tennessee reports 957 cases of COVID-19 with 3 deaths; Shelby County has nearly 200 cases

  Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas Department of Health give update on COVID-19

Corky’s Ribs & BBQ gives laid-off employees boxes of frozen food

One of the biggest names in barbeque in the Mid-South is giving back to its employees during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Germantown 6-year-old gets surprise birthday parade after canceled party

Here’s a sweet story out of Germantown! One boy got quite the surprise Thursday.

  Tennesseans can apply for financial assistance during COVID-19 pandemic

Those feeling the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic in Tennessee can get extra assistance.

  Love in a Pandemic: Miss. couple postpones wedding because of outbreak

May 16th was supposed to be the happiest day of their life.

Funeral homes around Arkansas making changes in middle of COVID-19 pandemic

A Central Arkansas funeral home operator is working to help families honor their loved ones while addressing safety concerns in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis.

Miss. Health Dept. reports 5th coronavirus-related death

A man in Webster County is the fourth death in Mississippi from coronavirus-related complications.

  Tennessee reports 784 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 3 deaths; 170 cases in Shelby County

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, three people have died in the state from coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. More than 50 people have been hospitalized.

2 Regional One employees test positive for COVID-19

According to a news release by Regional One Health, two employees have tested positive for coronavirus.

  COVID-19 and social distancing are having an impact on child abuse reports

The Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services is asking for help to protect children who may be in danger.

  ‘You are loved’: Heartfelt messages left outside Mid-South nursing homes after coronavirus outbreak ends family visits

Since the COVID-19 outbreak has kept visitors from residents at nursing homes, assisted living facilities and rehab centers, Riffe and her business brought the love to them.

Mississippi mother fighting coronavirus while quarantined away from her children

Betsy Rose Baker is one of over 320 people in Mississippi diagnosed with COVID-19, and she's going through it away from her loved ones.

  Belhaven woman serenades neighbors during coronavirus lockdown

While we're somewhat closed off to the world, one Jackson woman is spreading joy through song.

  Memphis, Shelby County municipalities issue ‘safer-at-home’ orders to curb the spread of COVID-19

The mayors Memphis and the Shelby County municipalities have issued “safer-at-home” orders to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19. The order does not include a city curfew.

  Shelby County Schools closed until further notice after Tennessee governor asks schools to remain closed through April 24

Speaking Tuesday, the governor asked schools to stay closed through April 24. His earlier request had them closed through the end of March.

  List of Mid-South schools closing or moving to online courses during coronavirus outbreak

A number of schools across Tennessee have canceled classes or announced plans to move to online classes as fears mount over the coronavirus outbreak.

  ‘The calm before the storm’: Arkansas sees 2 COVID-19 deaths, cases increase to 218

Governor Asa Hutchinson and other state officials are reporting Arkansas now has 218 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with two deaths in connection with the virus.

  Tennessee now has 667 confirmed cases of coronavirus including 2 deaths; Shelby County has 135

Health officials confirmed there are 135 cases of coronavirus in Shelby County and at least 667 in the state of Tennessee.

  What is considered an essential or non-essential business in Memphis?

Mayors across Shelby County have issued a "safer-at-home" order for residents amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Cleburne Co. COVID-19 outbreak linked to church outing

One of the worst outbreaks of COVID-19 in Arkansas can be traced back to a single church outing in Cleburne County.

  COVID-19 causes spike in Mississippi unemployment claims

Unemployment rates across the country have skyrocketed since the outbreak.

  More coronavirus testing means number of Miss. cases will rise. Doctor says don’t be alarmed.

The UMMC mobile testing site includes a telehealth screening process before patients are directed to the site for testing.

  SCSO employee tests positive for COVID-19

According to the sheriff’s office, the employee works with detainees at the Shelby County Jail.

  MATA limiting passengers to follow mayor’s safer-at-home order

MATA will continue to operate as an essential service, but new protocol will limit the number of patrons on MATA buses and adhere to social distancing recommendations by public health officials.

  Old Dominick Distillery producing hand sanitizer during coronavirus pandemic

The distillery has partnered with Shelby County to produce up to 10,000 units for distribution to the lower income community, elderly and homeless population of Shelby County.

  Gov. Bill Lee establishes COVID-19 coordination team

Governor Bill Lee announced Monday that a COVID-19 Unified Command team has been established to coordinate department responses to coronavirus across the board.

  Arkansas identifies 197 cases of COVID-19 as officials work to provide protective equipment

On Monday, the Arkansas Department of Health reported 197 confirmed cases of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, in the state.

  Tennessee reports 615 cases of coronavirus, including 2 deaths; Shelby County now has 93 confirmed cases

There are now 93 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Shelby County, according to the health department.

WATCH: Gov. Reeves answers COVID-19 questions

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves is filming a Facebook Live on Monday to answer questions about COVID-19.

  Coronavirus outbreak: What you need to know

As the coronavirus continues to spread fear across the planet, health officials are working to contain the outbreak and people are looking to keep the virus from infecting themselves.

  West Memphis mayor announces relief program for people impacted by COVID-19 pandemic

City and civic leaders in West Memphis are announcing a program to help residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clarksdale, Miss. issues citywide curfew amid coronavirus pandemic

Mayor Chuck Espy has issued a citywide curfew for Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Another Navy personnel tests positive for coronavirus in Millington

Authorities at the naval base in Millington, Tennessee has reported an additional case of the coronavirus.

#BartlettBearHunt could give families a positive distraction from the pandemic

Looking for things to with the kids? Mayor Keith McDonald and the City of Bartlett have created a positive distraction for families from the coronavirus pandemic.

  Tennessee doctors urging Gov. Lee to authorize shelter-in-place act

The group is requesting that that Tennessee immediately declares the shelter-in-place act for fourteen days with only essential personnel to be deployed during this emergency.

‘What do y’all not understand?’: Miss. nurse makes emotional plea to take the coronavirus seriously

In the video, which has garnered almost 4,000 likes and has been viewed 150,000 times, RN Leann Donaho begs for people to stay home

Olive Branch mayor, aldermen declare civil emergency amid coronavirus outbreak

Olive Branch Mayor Scott Phillips and the Board of Alderman have declared a civil emergency in response to coronavirus outbreak, ordering many businesses to close at 5 p.m. on March 22.

Southaven mayor, aldermen issue civil emergency in response to COVID-19 outbreak

In response to the spread of the coronavirus, Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite and the Board of Aldermen have declared a civil emergency, ordering many businesses to close starting at 5 p.m. on March 22.

Second coronavirus death in Tennessee confirmed

The second coronavirus death in Tennessee was confirmed by Metro Nashville's Public Health Department Sunday afternoon.

Truck drivers having difficult time getting meals

Truck drivers who don't have mini fridges or cooking capabilities in their trucks are having a difficult time getting meals on the road.

  List of Mid-South coronavirus closings: Offices, services, events and more

A number of events across the Mid-South have been canceled or postponed as fears mount over the coronavirus outbreak.

  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.

Drive-up testing sites going up across state for those with COVID-19 symptoms

MSDH continues to do all they can to help those affected by novel coronavirus.

Governor Reeves announces plans to assist small business owners and unemployed workers

Governor Reeves announced his plans to citizens via Facebook.

Mayor Strickland expanding civil emergency order to close more businesses amid coronavirus outbreak

After declaring a civil emergency on Thursday due to community transmission underway in Shelby County, Memphis Mayor Strickland is expanding that order by closing more businesses in the Bluff City.

Discovery of meth, foot long alligator leads to man’s arrest

The discovery of nearly two pounds of meth and a foot-long alligator has a Sharp County man facing several charges, authorities said this week.

Law expert: In Miss. it’s a felony to violate a quarantine order, but good luck enforcing it

In Mississippi, violating a quarantine order could mean a fine and possible prison sentence, according to state law.

MSDH recommends all restaurants and bars suspend dine-in services immediately

They say the recommendation extends towards the foreseeable future.

  Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says other COVID-19 restrictions in the city may be coming

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said Friday the city is facing an unprecedented threat with respect to COVID-19 and warned the worst is likely yet to come.

  Graceland closing temporarily in response to growing number of COVID-19 cases

Graceland announced Friday it would close March 21 through April 3.

  Shelby County municipalities, Mayor Lee Harris issue orders shutting down bars, gyms and restaurant dining areas

His executive order goes into effect at 6 a.m. Sunday. It does not apply to delivery, takeout and drive-thru establishments.

  TBI employee tests positive for COVID-19, causing delay in firearm background checks

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation learned Wednesday evening that an employee assigned to its headquarters in Nashville tested positive for COVID-19.

  96 cases of coronavirus reported in Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Health confirmed 96 cases of coronavirus Friday, including Crittenden and Poinsett County.

  Germantown declares state of emergency - bars, gyms and movie theaters to close

Mayor Mike Palazzolo has declared a state of emergency for Germantown amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Teen found after family says she could be kidnapped

Officers with the Memphis Police Department are searching for a teenager who could have been kidnapped in the Mid-South.

Tennessee state lawmakers pass bill dropping testing requirements

State lawmakers passed a bill Thursday waiving several requirements for all Tennessee schools in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the tornadoes in middle Tennessee.

  SBA approves over $1M in disaster loans after Tennessee tornadoes

More than $1 million in disaster loans have been approved by the U. S. Small Business Administration for Tennessee businesses and residents with losses resulting from the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding March 3, 2020.

  Employee at FedEx executive office building tests positive for COVID-19

The company spokesperson says the individual is not in management but works in the office building on Shady Grove where other company executives work.

  Mississippi schools close through April 17 as COVID-19 cases rise

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves announced Thursday that all public schools would remain closed until April 17.