Coronavirus case count: 232,061 cases confirmed in Tennessee; 110,592 in Mississippi; 93,790 in Arkansas

Coronavirus

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

Tennessee

The total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is 232,061 as of Monday, Oct. 19. That is an increase of 3,317 cases since the day before.

There have been 2,922 deaths. The state reported 13 new deaths Monday.

There are 1,188 current hospitalizations and 205,832 inactive/recovered. The percent positive is 8.31%.

The Shelby County Health Department reported 34,508 Monday morning, an increase of 287 cases. There were 553 deaths, two more than the previous day.

More than 511,000 tests have been administered in the county. There are 31994 inactive/recovered cases and 1,961 active cases.


Mississippi

Mississippi reported 586 new cases of coronavirus Monday morning, bringing the total to 110,592. The total number of deaths reported is 3,171, there were no deaths reported.


Arkansas

The state of Arkansas currently has 93,790 confirmed COVID-19 cases, as of Monday, Oct 19. The state reported 531 new cases Monday.

The total confirmed death toll in Arkansas is 1,562. The state reported 10 new deaths Monday.


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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