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Coronavirus in the Mid-South: Memphis Kroger employee tests positive for COVID-19

Mississippi State Department of Health and the University of Mississippi Medical Center will offer free coronavirus testing on Friday only. Those interested must go through a screening. If there is a risk for the coronavirus, an appointment will be made. Testing sites will be open March 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

UnitedHealth Group will invest an initial $50 million to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and support those most directly impacted by the public health emergency, including health care workers, hard-hit states, seniors and people experiencing food insecurity or homelessness.

Through several national and local partnerships that Memphis News will be announced in the coming weeks, UnitedHealth Group and the United Health Foundation will invest approximately:

▪ $30 million in efforts to protect and support health care workers.

▪ $10 million to support states where COVID-19 is having an outsized impact, starting with New York, New Jersey, Washington, California and Florida.

▪ $5 million to address social isolation among seniors.

▪ $5 million to provide care and support for people experiencing food insecurity or homelessness.

UPDATE: (3:37 p.m.) An update from Mayor Jim Strickland,

What are we doing for our homeless population?

Rest assured—we are keeping them top of mind.

The City is actively coordinating with Shelby County, MIFA, Community Alliance for the Homeless, Hospitality Hub and other agencies throughout the City to monitor the capacity and needs shelter providers throughout the City. People who are experiencing Press Release Distribution Services In Memphis homelessness should contact MIFA’s Homeless Hotline in order to be connected to shelter alternatives. If there are individuals that are experiencing domestic violence.

OSHA is in the best place to report workplace hazards. Under the Safer at Home Order, “essential businesses” remaining open must operate in such a way to protect the health and safety of the community, employees, vendors, and the general public. This includes compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 

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