The state of Tennessee reported 3,067 cases of coronavirus infection and 37 deaths in the state Friday, April 3.
On Saturday morning, the Shelby County Health Department reported 706 confirmed cases in Shelby county and 10 people have died. There are also 28 cases in Tipton County.
The Shelby County Health Department said more than 7,007 people have been tested for COVID-19.
Those under 61 years of age continues to be the demographic of cases and 55 percent of those testing positive are females.
In Mississippi, the health department said Friday morning there are now 1,358 cases and 29 deaths.
Approximately 111 of those cases have been confirmed in Desoto County. A third death has been reported in Tippah County.
The state of Arkansas reported 738 confirmed cases Friday, with 12 deaths.
The Arkansas Department of Health says the majority of cases are found in people between the ages of 19-64.
Forty-three of those cases were in Crittenden County. Five cases are in Poinsett and Cross and St. Francis counties have less than five.
On Monday, the St. Francis County Sheriff Department announced the area’s first confirmed case in the Colt area.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson said all public schools would be closed until April 17, restaurants and bars were asked to close except for carry-out and indoor facilities such as gyms were asked to close for all nonessential functions.
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.