As we continue to move through the coronavirus pandemic, Memorial Day weekend saw some parts of the country rush back to beaches and water parks. Here in the Mid-South we went out to local parks and, for the most part, saw people keeping their distance and wearing their masks.
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is tracking the COVID-19 pandemic in Shelby County, the Memphis Metropolitan Area, and Tennessee.
The COVID-19 task force said Friday the data looks promising for a move to phase two, but no date has been announced. “We will be looking at it collectively throughout the weekend and anticipate making an announcement on Monday,” said Alisa Haushalter, Director of the Shelby County Health Department.
As more people test for COVID-19, the number of cases will continue to rise but health officials are watching the testing positivity rate. A testing positivity rate is the number of positive tests compared to the number of tests taken. On May 14, 7.59% of the total tests in Shelby County were positive. That’s down… Read More
A new report from Vanderbilt University’s Department of Health Policy shows the number of expected hospitalizations from COVID-19 in Tennessee is much lower than first projected. In April, Vanderbilt researchers released a report estimating by now more than 1,200 people would be hospitalized throughout Tennessee due to COVID-19. However, the number of people in hospitals… Read More
Health experts and local officials say a decreasing COVID-19 infection rate, along with unused hospital beds in Shelby County, is allowing some businesses to slowly open beginning Monday.
Shelby County churches have new freedom to decide when and how they want to reopen their doors. Also mentioned on: May 1: WMC-TV May 1: Daily Memphian
As the Mid-South prepares to come out of quarantine, WMC Action News 5 is making sure you have all the information you need to continue navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.