Coronavirus (COVID-19) Mid-South

with local and national updates

March 12, 2020
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Updated as information is made available 

Mayor Jim Strickland has ordered a "Stay at Home" order for Shelby County including surrounding communities beginning March 24, 2020 at 6pm except for essential businesses.

Gov. Bill Lee has asked TN schools to stay closed through April 24th.  

DO YOUR PART, STAY APART!  Cases as of 03/27/2020 - Shelby County 223 cases | Desoto County 63 cases 

Kroger announces new store hours 7am to 9pm with Senior shopping hours during the first hour open for business. 

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, ALDI stores will open at 8:30am, with the first hour of business being for vulnerable shoppers only. This includes senior citizens, expectant mothers and those with underlying health concerns.

Memphis Italian Festival has been canceled. 

Simon Properties across the U.S., including the Wolfchase Galleria, are closed.

  • Gov. Bill Lee declares state of emergency as Tennessee battles coronavirus
  • All Mississippi public universities moving to online courses after spring break
  • Rhodes College has announced a suspension of all in-person classes in response to the coronavirus outbreak through the end of the semester 
  • UT Knoxville, UT Chattanooga, UT Martin and the UT Health Science Center — announced that all in-person classes beginning March 23 will be temporarily suspended until further notice as a proactive measure in response to the COVID-19 outbreak
  • NHL confirms season officially paused due to COVID-19 coronavirus
  • MLB officially cancels remainder of spring training, regular season to be delayed by two weeks
  • Recognizing national concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, Live Nation is instructing its touring shows to prepare to return home.The announcement affects all Live Nation tours, domestically and internationally (from Billboard). This includes the Cher concert in Memphis on 3/16/20 at FedExForum. It has been REDSCHEDULED for Sept. 16th all tickets will be honored at this date.
  • NCAA Tournament has been cancelled.  Today (3/12/2020), NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities.
  • Disneyland/Universal will close all parks on Saturday because of concerns over the spread of the new coronavirus.
  • Landers Center has canceled all March events.
  • The Boston Marathon has been postponed to Monday, Sept. 14, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Friday.
  • Broadway is dark through April 12th.
  • All six municipal schools in Shelby County are now closed
  • Greek Festival -- Postponed until fall 2020
  • Mississippi Casinos closed 
  • Southland Gaming and Racing closed 
  • Memphis Zoo closed (Watch their Facebook page to interact with the animals and zookeepers) 
  • Memphis Botanic Garden closed. 
  • Memphis in May, Beale Street Music Festival to be postponed until the fall. More details will be announced Friday March 27th
  • The Treasury Secretary announced that the Tax Day deadline will be moved to July 15th
  • Tennessee Department of Health tweeted today at 3pm (03/23/2020) that Shelby County has a total of 93 COVID-19 cases
  • The International Olympic Committee officially announces the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are postponed until 2021 (03/24/2020)
  • In a news conference this afternoon (03/25/2020), Shelby County health officials said 74% of those that have tested COVID-19 positive are 60 years old or younger. 38% of those are between the ages of 21 and 40 years old. Emphasizing social distancing and the mayor issuing the stay at home order, officials are hoping to "starve the virus of new hosts" and "slow down the progression of the virus in the community"
  • As of today, Shelby County Health officials are issuing a Health Directive, which is designed to protect the health and safety of all Shelby County residents. It is consistant with the orders already issued by the mayor and not only covers the municipalities, but also the unincorporated areas. Under this directive, non essential businesses and workers are asked to shelter in place and not be out-and-about unless absolutley necessary. This is all in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community and prevent overwhelming the healthcare system.


CDC: Steps to prevent illness - unfortunately there is no vaccine for Coronavirus COVID-19, but below you'll find some tips from the CDC on ways to avoid being exposed and the best ways to prevent illness.

  1. Wash your hands OFTEN, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water
  2. If you cannot readily wash your hands after being in a public place, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, then use a hand sanitizer that contains a minimum of 60% alcohol
  3. Avoid touching your face (as difficult as that may be)
  4. Avoid unnecessary contact with someone/people who are sick
  5. STAY HOME if you are sick
  6. Cough or sneeze into your arm/elbow, then immediately wash your hands
  7. Wear a facemask ONLY IF YOU ARE SICK or are caring for someone WHO IS SICK AND THEY ARE UNABLE TO WEAR A MASK - facemasks could become in short supply and should be saved for healthcare professionals 
  8. Clean/disinfect frequently touched surfaces DAILY - tables, doorknobs/handles, light switches, countertops, desks, phones, keyboards/mouse, toilets, faucets, and sicks