Coronavirus daily blog, March 29: Shelby County up to 379 cases

By Updated: March 30, 2020 1:04 PM CT | Published: March 29, 2020 10:05 AM CT Live

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March 30, 2020

Shelby County cases up to 379

8:55 AM CT, March 30

The City of Memphis is reporting 379 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Shelby County now, up from 362 at last count.

So far, only one death related to the disease has been reported in the county.

The Shelby County Health Department reports that 4,382 people have been tested. 

There are 1,537 confirmed cases across Tennessee, with seven deaths, as of 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29. There are 133 people currently hospitalized with the disease.

There are 15 confirmed cases in Tipton County and 17 confirmed cases in Crittenden County, Arkansas. In Mississippi, DeSoto County reported 77 confirmed cases; Marshall County confirmed 13 cases. 


Art show pops up with kid creativity

8:35 AM CT, March 30

It started in a mom and art lover’s heart. Amanda Eckels Goetze runs Goetze Art & Design from her home on Garden Lane.

“I was thinking of the moms at home with little bitties,” she said. “I thought it might be a nice project for them to get involved with at home.”

So, Goetze put a pile of blank canvases on her front step, told the neighborhood kids to come pick them up and prepare for an art show.

Sunday, the Chickasaw Garden Kids’ Show lined the curb in front of Goetze’s home, along with a parade of humanity, some from outside the neighborhood, who heard about it and trickled in to see.

Kids with finished canvases came on bike and foot, their parents trailing along.

Anthony Mascioli, 10, painted a scene from Glacier National Park, a place he has never been.

Bo, his brother, 7, came up with landscape with mountains, trees and slender blue stream of coursing water.

“What I like best is that my waterfall looks like a waterfall,” he said with triumph.

Jack Hill, 9, is learning online like kids everywhere. For him, the neighborhood art project was an art lesson.

“I got to learn about painting,” he said. “I used acrylics.”

Goetze was smiling in the background.

“I have never seen so many people out walking in the neighborhood as I have during the quarantine,” she said. “I thought all ages could enjoy the final product.”

Goetze’s business, Goetze Art & Design, helps people buy art for their homes and businesses from her “gallery on the go.”

“I don’t have a brick-and-mortar business. I do pop-up shows and open houses,” she said.

Her next idea? Wednesday, the curb in front of her house will be lined with work of the artists she represents.


March 29, 2020

State reports 1,537 confirmed cases and 7 deaths

2:33 PM CT, March 29

The Tennessee Department of Health released updated numbers Sunday afternoon and said 1,537 people in the state have COVID-19.

The state said there have been 133 hospitalizations and seven deaths.

The state is accounting for only 313 Shelby County cases due to a lag time in reporting. Shelby County Health Department reported 362 cases Sunday.

Davidson County still has the more cases than Shelby County, according to Nashville Mayor John Cooper, who said on social media the middle Tennessee county has 394 cases.


City of Memphis releases mask wearing guidelines

2:16 PM CT, March 29

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and the COVID-19 task force issued guidelines for those who should wear facial coverings or masks.

In Strickland’s daily update, he said masks help the wearer not contract or spread infection. The task force said ill people and their caregivers should be the primary wearers of masks in public during this time.

Additionally, elderly, those with multiple underlying health conditions or have a weak immune system should wear masks in public.

While there is no strong indication from health officials on the general public wearing a mask, city officials say people may consider using one or a facial covering.

The city says the best practices for staying well are social distancing and proper hand washing.


Shelby County Health Department reports 362 confirmed COVID-19 cases

10:26 AM CT, March 29

Shelby County announced 87 new COVID-19 cases Sunday morning for a total of 362.

The county has tested 3,715 people, the county said Sunday. People ages 21 to 30 make up the majority of the area cases at 22.7%.

Saturday the county reported 275 cases and its first death. The state had reported six deaths Saturday afternoon.

Shelby County Health Department said recent cases show spread is happening in the workplace and throughout the community.

Tennessee Department of Health reports statewide numbers each day at 2 p.m. Yesterday it reported 1,373 cases, but due to a lag time in reporting the number accounted for 269 Shelby County cases.


Trader Joe’s adds senior shopping hour

5:23 PM CT, March 29

Trader Joe’s is one of many stores across the country keeping seniors and those vulnerable to the disease safe by giving them a special time to shop.

Beginning Monday, March 30, the store is asking the first hours, from 8 until 9 a.m., be reserved for individuals age 60 and over. Those who are disabled and those who made need extra help in the stores can also go in early during the hour.

The destination grocery store in Germantown reduced its hours earlier this month and closes two hours early at 7 p.m. The move was made nationwide to help out crew members.

The store has also given them two additional weeks of sick pay and stopped giving samples in the store as precautions to the coronavirus.


Walgreens expands drive-thru offerings

3:18 PM CT, March 29

Walgreens is offering its drive-thru for more than just prescriptions.

The move is a growing trend as retailers look for ways to limit contact and reduce the possible risk for disease transmission in stores.

Customers may now purchase and pick-up some household items in the drive-thru without going into the store. Items available include cleaning supplies and sanitizer and some over-the-counter pain and fever relievers and cough and cold medicines. Some grocery items, paper goods and medical supplies will be available too. Availability and quantity restrictions may apply. 

Customers may ask about product availability at the window. If there is no lines, employees can help customers get the products in minutes. If there is a long line, employees will give customers a time to they should return.


Mississippi reports 95 new cases

10:13 AM CT, March 29

Mississippi reported 95 new cases Sunday morning.

DeSoto County has 71 cases, an increase of six since Saturday. The county is still reporting one death, but has the highest number of confirmed cases in the Magnolia State.

Marshall County has two new cases for a total of 13.

Wilkinson County and Tippah County each have two deaths.

The state is reporting an additional nine deaths, one in each of the following counties: Hancock, Harrison, Holmes, Lee, Perry, Rankin, Sunflower, Tunica and Webster.


Arlington closes park playgrounds

12:34 PM CT, March 29

Arlington officials are asking parents not allow children to play on playgrounds due to the risk of COVID-19.

Park trails remain open but residents are asked to practice social distancing.

The announcement comes as Mayor Mike Wissman has extended the state of emergency and Safer at Home executive order until April 3. On Friday it could be extended an additional seven days.

Arlington follows Germantown, which also closed park playgrounds, pavilions nearly two weeks ago.


Arcade Restaurant to close until coronavirus passes

11:55 AM CT, March 29

The Arcade Restaurant will close its doors until the coronavirus passes.

The Zepatos family owns the century-old restaurant and announced Sunday would be the South Main spot’s last day serving diner favorites for curbside pick-up. They also thanked residents for their support the last century and the last 100 years.

“We love you and will see y’all on the other side of this,” a Facebook post said.

Weeks ago, the restaurant joined others across the county and closed its dining room. Since then the restaurant has offered pick-up and used delivery services such as Postmates and DoorDash.


Walmart adds extra measures to limit contact

9:59 AM CT, March 29

Walmart is amending more services as coronavirus continues to impact everyday lives. The chain’s stores are trying to lessen the amount of touch people have while shopping.

Customers can pay on their smart phone by using the Walmart app, the store announced. The move is to help people lessen the amount of touch with payment machines.

Additionally, the store is changing pickup and delivery to limit contact. Customers will not have to sign when items are picked up or delivered.

When picking up orders, customers can open their trunk and an employee will load purchases into the vehicle.

Delivered Walmart items can be left outside the door, and tips can be processed online for delivery.




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