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Coronavirus in the Mid-South: City of Memphis partners with UTHSC, Shelby Co. Health Department to begin drive-thru testing

The impact of the novel coronavirus is being felt all across the Mid-South where new cases are being announced every day and new steps are being taken to help limit the spread. Keep checking back for the latest COVID-19 updates throughout the day.
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UPDATE(10:00 p.m.) The University of Tennessee Health Science Memphis News Center, working with the Shelby County Health Department and the City of Memphis, began drive-thru testing for COVID-19 at Tiger Lane at the Memphis Fairgrounds Friday evening.

Testing is being done in a series of tents set up at the Fairgrounds, and it is hoped, at other community sites in the coming weeks. Faculty of the UTHSC College of Medicine and other health care professionals have volunteered to staff the tents and perform the testing.

To qualify for testing, an individual must first be referred by a medical provider to a centralized call centre at University Clinical Health, one of UTHSC’s affiliated physician practice partners, to ensure symptoms merit testing.

UPDATE(8:52 p.m.) All Southwest classes resume online March 23 for the rest of the semester; all college locations closed to the public until further notice

UPDATE( 8:03 p.m.) There are now 100 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

UPDATE(7:10 p.m.) Tennessee officials announced Friday night their first confirmed death of the Coronavirus in Nashville Tennesee.

The individual was a 73-year old man with underlying health conditions.

According to Metro Public Health Department officials, there Press Release Distribution Services In Memphis have been a total of 110 confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in Nashville/Davidson County raging from age 11 to 73 years old.

Fifteen of the infected people have recovered while the remaning patients are self-isolating at home with mild symptoms.

UPDATE(7:02 p.m.) The Mississippi State Department of Health recommends all restaurants and bars to suspend dine-in service and offer carryout or delivery only.

The MSDH also recommends avoiding funerals, weddings, church services and social gatherings over 10 people.

“This will in no way affect gas stations, pharmacies, grocery stores or food marts,” said MSDH State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs, MD, MPH.
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