Coronavirus case count: At least 130,458 cases confirmed in Tennessee; 70,930 in Mississippi; 52,392 in Arkansas

Coronavirus

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

Tennessee

The total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is now 130,458 as of Friday, August 14, including 1,326  deaths, 5,725 hospitalizations and 91,323 recovered.

The state’s cases increased by 1,947, with 13 additional deaths.

More than 1.8 million tests have been conducted in Tennessee.

The Shelby County Health Department reported 200 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 24,547 on Friday.

The health department is now reporting 319 deaths, more than 20,000 recoveries and 3,857 current cases.

More than 227,000 tests have been performed in Shelby County to date.


Mississippi

Mississippi reported 944 new cases on Friday bringing the total to 70,930. It also reported 2,043 total deaths.

Of those sick, 972 were in the hospital and 195 on ventilators on Thursday. Approximately 49,836 are presumed recover as of this week.

More than 524,000 tests have been performed as of Monday.


Arkansas

The state of Arkansas reported 52,392 cases on Friday with 587 deaths.

There are 6,359 active cases, 466 in the hospital and 113 on ventilators. As of Thursday, an estiamted 44,000 have recovered.

Approximately 5,519 tests were performed on Thursday, bringing the total to 73,150 this month.


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: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.  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 (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html) 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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