Coronavirus live blog, May 24: Tennessee cases exceed 20,000

By Updated: May 25, 2020 6:32 PM CT | Published: May 24, 2020 10:12 AM CT

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DeSoto County has had 6 deaths related to virus

3:01 PM CT, May 24

Mississippi State Department of Health reported 247 new cases of coronavirus Sunday.

DeSoto County reports 461 cases and six deaths. Additionally, there have been 15 cases at long-term care facilities and two deaths in the northwest county.

Marshall County reports 69 cases, three deaths and two cases at long-term care centers.

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Tennessee cases top 20,000

2:16 PM CT, May 24

Tennessee Department of Health reported an additional 356 coronavirus cases in the state Sunday. 

Since early March, the state has seen 20,145 confirmed COVID-19 cases. A total of 383,576 people have been tested.

The state department says 4,336 cases are in Shelby County – an increase of 27 from the Shelby County Health Department’s 10 a.m. update.

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Local coronavirus cases, by the numbers

12:26 PM CT, May 24



Shelby County reports 126 new cases, 1,868 tests

10:12 AM CT, May 24

Shelby County reported 126 new cases of the novel coronavirus in Shelby County and one new death.

The county reports 1,868 tests were performed, which is short of its 2,400 goal per day. The daily positivity rate is  slightly below 6.9%.

The overall positivity rate in the county is also about 6.8%

Since early March, 4,309 people have tested positive for the virus. While 2,948 people have recovered, 93 have died.

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