Coronavirus Live Blog, May 26: Collierville shifts fireworks to Labor Day

By , Daily Memphian Updated: May 27, 2020 9:35 AM CT | Published: May 26, 2020 4:00 AM CT

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May 26, 2020

Collierville reschedules fireworks

4:58 PM CT, May 26

Collierville will is postponing its annual July 3 fireworks show.

More than 20,000 people gather in H.W. Cox Park annually the day before the national holiday. In 2020, the town will hold its large fireworks show and celebrate its 150th anniversary during Labor Day weekend on Saturday, Sept. 5.

“The Collierville Independence Day Celebration is one of my favorite Town traditions, but the popularity of the event poses too great of a risk for us to proceed in July,” Mayor Stan Joyner said in a release. “Our event staff will bring all of our favorite parts of the Independence Day Celebration to our event in September creating a Collierville 150th celebration that we will remember for years to come.” 

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Local coronavirus fund tops $2 million in grants dispersed

3:36 PM CT, May 26

With its most recent distribution of $95,000, a local coronavirus relief fund has now surpassed $2 million in distributed grants. 

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis announced that the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund awarded its tenth round of grants to seven organizations. The fund supports organizations impacted by coronavirus. 

Individuals, businesses and foundations have donated more than $3.6 million to the fund; $2 million was been awarded to organizations since March 18.

The latest grants are as follows:

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COVID-19 in Tennessee

2:48 PM CT, May 26



How cases are growing in Shelby County and Tennessee

8:23 AM CT, May 26


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Local and state coronavirus cases, tests and recoveries

8:10 AM CT, May 26



Tennessee cases rise by 358, deaths by 5

2:22 PM CT, May 26

Tennessee has 358 more confirmed coronavirus cases and five more deaths resulting from the disease, according to the Department of Health.

That brings the statewide total to 20,965 confirmed coronavirus cases and 343 deaths. 

The new cases come from 7,258 tests; a positivity rate of 4.9% percent; 403,504 tests have been administered total. The overall positivity rate is 5.2%.

More than 1,600 people (1,609) have ever been hospitalized as a result of the disease; 13,344 are considered officially recovered. 


Mississippi cases grow by 273, deaths by 17

1:08 PM CT, May 26

Mississippi has 273 more coronavirus cases and 17 new deaths resulting from the disease, according to the state’s Department of Health.

Eight of those newly reported deaths actually occurred between May 13-18 and were identified through death certificate reports, according to the agency.

The statewide total to 13,731 confirmed cases and 652 deaths, according to the agency.

DeSoto County has 485 confirmed cases and six deaths resulting from the disease. Fifteen cases and two deaths are linked to long-term care facilities. 

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Health Department: Transmission happening in households, workplaces

12:12 PM CT, May 26

Memphis and Shelby County Joint COVID-19 Task Force briefings go down to twice a week starting this week -- on Tuesday and Thursday.

Shelby County Health Department Director Alisa Haushalter said they are “not overly concerned” about averaging around 100 new cases per day over the weekend.

The bump in cases is a number of things: Some due to a lapse in social distancing as the weather has gotten warmer. But in general, more people are out.

She said people may have to try several masks to find what is most comfortable.

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Watch today’s COVID-19 Joint Task Force briefing

12:01 PM CT, May 26

Starting today, Memphis and Shelby County Joint COVID-19 Task Force press briefings will be held only on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Today’s briefing is scheduled for noon and set to feature Shelby County Health Department Director Alisa Haushalter. 

Watch below:

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Shelby County cases rise as testing jumps over 2,100

10:06 AM CT, May 26

Shelby County confirmed 127 new coronavirus cases as testing numbers rose to 2,107 on Tuesday, May 26, according to local health department data.

The daily positivity rate of the 2,107 tests was 6%. 

Shelby County reported 4,531 total cases with 94 deaths and 3,047 recoveries. One new death was reported from the virus Tuesday. 

A total of 66,968 tests were confirmed, and the overall positivity rate countywide is 6.8%

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May 25, 2020

Tennessee cases increase by 462, deaths by 2

2:24 PM CT, May 25

Tennessee has 462 more confirmed coronavirus cases and two new deaths resulting from the disease, according to the state’s Department of Health.

That brings the statewide total to 20,607 confirmed cases and 338 deaths.

The 462 new cases come from 12,643 tests, a positivity rate of 3.65%. 

In Tennessee, 13,073 people are considered officially recovered from the disease; 1,594 were ever hospitalized at any point. 

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Mississippi cases increase by 206, deaths by 10

1:17 PM CT, May 25

There are 206 more confirmed coronavirus cases and 10 new deaths resulting from the disease in Mississippi, according to the state’s Department of Health. 

That brings the total to 13,458 confirmed cases and 635 deaths. 

The agency did not give a breakdown of county totals or number of tests administered on Monday.



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