Tennessee

The total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is 1,266,252 as of Oct. 18. The state reported 15,887 deaths.

The Shelby County Health Department reported 82 new cases Oct. 18. The total cases number stands at 144,874 confirmed & probable cases. The seven-day rolling average is 132.

The county reported 2,193 deaths. There are 1,601 active COVID cases and 141,080 recovered cases.

There are 25,748 total pediatric cases, with 26 new cases being reported Oct. 18. There are 411 active pediatric cases.

To date, more than 1.758 million COVID tests have been performed in Shelby County. The health department says nine percent of the tests were positive.

The health department said 496,968 people have been vaccinated as of Oct. 16. That is 71 percent of the county’s vaccination goal of 700,000 people vaccinated.


Mississippi

Mississippi reported 499,838 total cases as of Oct. 18, a daily increase of 1,278 new cases. The state is also reporting a total of 9,957 deaths. That’s an increase of 18 deaths.

The health department says more than 1.325 million people have been fully vaccinated.


Arkansas

The state of Arkansas reported a total of 507,098 COVID-19 cases as of Oct. 18, an increase of 142 from the day before. The total confirmed death toll in Arkansas is 8,202 an increase of 2 deaths.

The health department says more than 1.373 million people have been fully vaccinated.


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.