United States COVID cases:

Tennessee

The total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is 1,653,144 as of Jan. 15. The state reported 21,694 deaths.

The Shelby County Health Department reported 995 new cases Jan. 24. The total cases number stands at 214,302 confirmed & probable cases. The seven-day rolling average is 1,366.

The county reported 2,862 deaths. There are 18,850 active COVID cases and 192,860 recovered cases.

There are 42,757 total pediatric cases, with 304 new cases being reported Jan. 24. There are 5,816 active pediatric cases.

To date, more than 2.130 million COVID tests have been performed in Shelby County.

The health department said 550,259 people have been vaccinated as of Jan 23. That is 78.6 percent of the county's vaccination goal of 700,000 people vaccinated.

According to Health Director Dr. Michelle Taylor, on January 10, 50 percent of the total population of Shelby County has been vaccinated.


Mississippi

Mississippi reported 681,382 total cases as of Jan. 20, with 7,509 new cases being reported. The state is also reporting a total of 10,721 deaths. 14 new deaths were reported.

The health department says more than 1.48 million people have been fully vaccinated.


Arkansas

The state of Arkansas reported a total of 738,638 COVID-19 cases as of Jan. 23, with 3,804 new cases being reported. The total confirmed death toll in Arkansas is 9,510 with 12 new deaths being reported.

The health department says more than 1.535 million people have been fully vaccinated.



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.

If traveling within the U.S., avoid destinations where COVID-19 hotspots have 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.