Coronavirus case count: 697,783 cases confirmed in Tennessee; 259,117 in Mississippi; 224,243 in Arkansas


Note: Mississippi did not update data June 17-21.


The total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is 697,783, an addition of  3,492 cases in 24 hours, the state said Thursday.

There have been 8,684 deaths, an increase of 128 new deaths.

The Shelby County Health Department reported 79,051 total cases and 432 new cases Thursday morning.

There have been 1,154 deaths. The health department says 14 new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. The deaths account for 1.5% of all cases in Shelby County.

While the elderly are most likely to die, health officials say people between 20 and 50 years of age are most likely to get the virus and spread it.

The number of cases considered recovered is 72,326, or 91%. There are 5,571 known active cases, which accounts for 7%.

Usage of local Acute Care and ICU beds was 88% and 94% respectively as of January 20. There are 514 COVID patients in the hospital.

On January 5, the Shelby County Health Department also released statistics concerning the leading cause of death in the county. In 2019, heart disease came in as number one with more than 2,000 deaths attributed to the condition followed by cancer with 1,600.

As of this time, COVID will claim the number three spot. By comparison, influenza was number 10 in 2019 with 173 deaths. According to those statistics, covid has proven to be five times deadlier than flu in Shelby County.


Mississippi reported 259,117 cases Thursday, an increase of 2,290 new cases in 24 hours.

The state also reported 30 new deaths, bringing the total to 5,668.


The state of Arkansas reported a total 224,243 of confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases Wednesday, an increase of 1,956 cases.

The total confirmed death toll in Arkansas is 3,689. There were 32 new deaths were reported Thursday.

The Shelby County Health Department recommends strict adherence to social-distancing recommendations:

Messages for Individuals:

·         Avoid handshakes and close contact with others whenever possible.

·         Cancel or postpone gatherings of 10 or more people. Instead of visiting friends or relatives, call or video chat.

·         Stay at home whenever possible. While Shelby County School students and many others are out of school, keep children home and plan home-based activities.

·         Children and adults may exercise outdoors, while maintaining at least six feet of distance from others.

·         Do not go to work or go out in public if you are sick, especially with fever, cough or other respiratory symptoms.

·         Re-evaluate travel plans. It is strongly recommended to avoid any unnecessary travel.  If traveling overseas, check the CDC’s travel advisory website, which is updated daily:  If traveling within the U.S., avoid destinations where COVID-19 has been reported.

·         Avoid non-essential flights. Traveling by private vehicle limits exposure to other people.

·         Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Scrub dirt under fingernails with a brush and soap.

·         Practice respiratory etiquette by using a tissue if coughing or sneezing, then throwing the tissue away and washing your hands.

·         Sanitize surfaces that are frequently touched by many people with anti-bacterial wipes or diluted bleach solution.

Messages for Community/Business Leaders:

·         Cancel or postpone meetings and conferences of 10 or more people.

·         Consider conducting all conferences or meetings by phone or video chat rather than face-to-face.

·         Adhere to CDC travel guidelines by reviewing the CDC’s travel website ( and avoiding destinations with travel health notices.

·         Discourage workers from using other workers’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, whenever possible.

·         Encourage and enable employee telecommuting to limit person-to-person interactions as much as possible.

·         Businesses that serve the public, including restaurants and retail stores should encourage social distancing by putting space between tables and spacing out check-out lines as much as possible.

·         Consider providing delivery or curbside pick-up options to limit interactions in stores and restaurants.

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