Coronavirus case count: At least 22,085 cases confirmed in Tennessee; 14,710 in Mississippi; 6,777 in Arkansas

Coronavirus

Tennessee

The confirmed COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is now 22,085 as of May 29, including 360 deaths, 1,710 hospitalizations and 14,965 recovered.

That represents an increase of 406 new cases and four deaths since the day before.

Shelby County reported 4,793 cases on Friday, which is a slight increase from Thursday’s total of 4,703 cases. Of those, 4,793 cases, 3,378 (70 percent) recovered, 108 died and 1,307 are battling the illness.

The Shelby County Health Department said they are investigating cases of coronavirus at multiple facilities that serve vulnerable populations.


Mississippi

In Mississippi, the state’s health department reported 418 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, with 23 new deaths.

The total of cases since March 11 is now 14,710, with 710 deaths. There were 14,372 cases reported the day before, an increase of 406.

There were 520 cases in DeSoto County, an increase of 17.

According to the health department, there are 127 active outbreaks at long-term care facilities across the state.


Arkansas

The state of Arkansas reported 239 new COVID cases Friday, for a total of 6,777 cases with 132 deaths.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday saw the largest number of community cases the state has experienced in a 24-hour period.

Crittenden County had 318 cases.


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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