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LIVE UPDATES: Coronavirus in the Mid-South: Shelby County residents can report executive order violations

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The impact of the novel coronavirus is being felt all across the Mid-South where new cases are being announced every day and new steps are being taken to help limit the spread. Keep checking back for the latest COVID-19 updates throughout the day.

UPDATE: (9:50 a.m.) Panola County, Miss. issued a curfew yesterday, according to a Facebook post by the Panola County Sheriff’s Office.

The curfew is from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., according to the post.

The curfew will continue until further notice.

Residents are asked to travel for essential needs only.

According to the post, the curfew excludes towns that have not passed a curfew.

UPDATE: (9:30 a.m.) The Memphis Botanic Garden launched its first online portal today to sell plants, according to a press release.

This online effort is meant to replace the annual Spring Plant Sale, which has been a favorite of Memphians in April for years.

The Nursery at the Garden online portal is open to the public and can be found at

Plant categories include Perennials, Annuals, Trees and Shrubs, Blooming Bulbs, and House Plants, according to the press release.

More products will be added daily! Orders must be placed online (only), paid for at the time order, and be scheduled for a pick-up time within 24 hours of order placement.

Orders will be brought to customers’ cars and loaded in by MBG staff, according to the press release.

Pick-up times range from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday (closed Good Friday).

UPDATE: (9:17 a.m.) Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris announced that beginning today, the Shelby County Mayor’s Action Center will receive calls regarding violations of the County’s health directive or executive order, according to a press release.

All of Shelby County, including the municipalities and the unincorporated areas, are under Safer at Home orders.

Read the full story here.

UPDATE: (9 a.m.) Businesses at Laurelwood Shopping Center will not have to pay April rent, according to Cory Prewitt, President of the shopping center.

Prewitt said the Center forgave both rent and common-area fees for the month due to the coronavirus pandemic.

UPDATE: (8:46 a.m.) Yesterday, Christ Community Health Services expanded its COVID-19 testing to 200 people a day at its Third Street clinic, according to a press release.

The clinic is located at 3362 S 3rd St, Memphis, TN 38109.

Testing is by appointment only.

The clinic is open Monday-Saturday from 2-4 p.m., according to the press release.

Since testing began March 21, Christ Community has tested over 400 individuals and assessed over 2,000 potential cases over the phone.

Anyone wishing to be assessed to be tested, please text “Test2020” to 91999 or call 901-842-3160 to discuss getting a test.

UPDATE: (8:40 a.m.) Arkansas health officials are reporting 932 cases of COVID-19 in the state this morning.

There have been 142 recoveries from COVID-19 in the state.

UPDATE: (8:20 a.m.) The City of Memphis has modified its removal of out-of-the-cart waste and trash, effective immediately.

Out-of-the-cart trash removal is suspended until further notice, with the exception of yard waste.

All household waste and trash must be placed inside a garbage cart for collection.

An additional garbage cart can be leased for $10 per month. Call 311 to get an additional cart.

The City is requesting any COVID-19-contaminated waste to be double-bagged.

UPDATES: (8:10 a.m.) There are 845 cases of COVID-19 in Shelby County, according to City of Memphis officials.

There have been 5 new deaths, for a total of 18 in the county.

UPDATE: (7:40 a.m.) Walgreens announced plans to open 15 drive-thru testing locations across seven states, including Tennessee, later this week, according to Forbes and CNBC.

The sites will also be located in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Latest Memphis News Louisiana and Texas, according to the reports.
Walgreens reportedly said it worked with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to select locations based on where COVID-19 cases are on the rise.

Up to 3,000 people per day can be tested.

The drive-thru testing sites will use Abbott Laboratories’ rapid COVID-19 test, according to the reports.

UPDATE: (6:50 a.m.) Nissan will furlough most of its hourly manufacturing employees at plants in Tennessee and Mississippi today, according to CNN.

Around 10,000 workers will be furloughed, according to the report.

The plants are located in Canton, Miss.; Smyrna, Tenn. and Decherd, Tenn.

Nissan is asking furloughed employees to apply for unemployment through at least April 27, when the company plans to restart production, according to CNN.

Nissan closed its US plants on March 20.

UPDATE: (6:40 a.m.) Beginning today, Kroger stores nationwide will post limits on the number of shoppers allowed inside a store at a given time to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

On Monday, Kroger said the shopper limits will vary by store size.

UPDATE: (6:30 a.m.) Elwood’s Shack will be delivering food today to front-line staff at St. Francis-Bartlett.

The initiative is part of Elwood’s Challenge, which feeds healthcare workers around the city.

The meals will be delivered today at 3 p.m.

UPDATE: (5:50 a.m.) Hotels, motels and short-term rentals in Arkansas have been told to refuse occupancy to recreational out-of-state travelers during the coronavirus pandemic, according to Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Hutchinson issued an executive order prohibiting commercial lodgers and short-term vacation rentals from providing occupancy to out-of-state recreational visitors. The order is designed to restrict travel from out-of-state travelers in order to limit the spread of the

Read the full story here.

UPDATE: (5:35 a.m.) The Mid-South Food Bank will be distributing food today through its Mobile Pantry at the following locations:

Memphis, Hickory Hill Community Center 4955 Cottonwood Rd. 10 a.m.

Memphis, For the Kingdom, 4100 Raleigh-Millington Rd. 11:30 a.m.

Memphis, Iglesia Nueva Vida, 1348 National 38112, 10 a.m.

Memphis, Mt. Zion MBC, 793 W. Peebles Rd. 38109, 10 a.m.

Madison County, TN, Unity Temple, 369 Lexington Ave in Jackson 9 a.m.

UPDATE: (5 a.m.) Below are the latest numbers by state for our area:

Tennessee 3,802 - 9 cases in Dyer County. 21 cases in Fayette County. 6 cases in Hardeman County. press Release Distribution Service 766 cases in Shelby County. 36 cases in Tipton County.

In Tennessee, 65 people have died due to the coronavirus and 356 people have recovered.

The Tennessee Department of Health has reported 352 total hospitalizations due to the coronavirus.

In Tennessee, 47,350 people have been tested for the virus.

Arkansas 927 - 58 cases in Crittenden County.

In Arkansas, 16 people have died due to the coronavirus.

According to state health officials, 74 people are currently hospitalized due to the coronavirus.

In Arkansas, 13,264 people have been tested for the virus. 139 people have recovered.

Mississippi 1,738 - 29 in Coahoma County. 136 in DeSoto County. 22 in Lafayette County. 17 in Panola County. 16 in Tate County. 36 in Tippah County. 18 in Tunica County.

In Mississippi, 51 have died due to the coronavirus. 20,370 have been tested for the virus across the state.

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