Coronavirus live blog, May 3: 8,331 Tennesseans tested since Saturday.

By , Daily Memphian Updated: May 04, 2020 9:13 AM CT | Published: May 03, 2020 10:18 AM CT

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May 04, 2020

Mississippi reports 109 new cases, deaths top 300

9:06 AM CT, May 4

Mississippi State Department of Health reported 109 new cases of the novel coronavirus Sunday and 12 new deaths.

The state has seen 7,550 confirmed cases since March 11. There have been a total of 303 deaths, according to MSDH.

The report comes two days after the state saw its largest daily increase causing Gov. Tate Reeves to reconsider plans for re-opening the state.

Mississippi adds 397 cases, 20 deaths

DeSoto County has a total of 298 cases and remains at four deaths. One long-term care facility had an outbreak. The individual with coronavirus died.

Marshall County has 47 cases and remains at two deaths.

Hinds County near Jackson still has the highest number of cases at 507.

Lauderdale County, which has seen 305 cases, has seen 26 deaths – the most of any in the state. 

The state is also monitoring outbreaks at an additional 104 long-term care facilities.


May 03, 2020

Tennessee reports 516 new cases

2:10 PM CT, May 3

Tennessee Department of Health reported 516 new coronavirus cases in the state for a total of 13,177.

The state also reports 2,815 cases in Shelby County – 66 more than reported during the local health department’s daily 10 a.m. update.

The state department reports one additional death in the state for a total of 210.

Tennessee Department of Health reports 96 new recoveries for a total of 5,814.

Ten new hospitalizations due to COVID-19 were reported, which is additional 10 since Saturday.

So far the state has tested a total of 204,607, an increase of 8,331 since Saturday.


Local coronavirus cases, by the numbers

11:28 AM CT, May 3



Positive cases remain under 100 with no new deaths

10:18 AM CT, May 3

Coronavirus cases increased by 95, according to numbers released by the Shelby County Health Department on Sunday, but the number of deaths stayed at 53 with no new deaths reported.

Those additional 95 positive cases came from 1,483 tests as the county continued to show an increase in coronavirus tests administered -- the sixth consecutive day the number of tests has exceeded 1,200.

The county’s goal is to have at least 1,000 tests daily.

The positive rate on the cases reported Sunday was 6.4% and the overall results were at 8.5% – another indication that the positive rate continues to decrease.

The reported test results come the day before a good portion of the county re-opens for business with restrictions – the first phase of the “Back to Business” plan. Implementation of the plan came from 14 days where the numbers have stabilized or decreased.

Monday’s steps are the first of a three-phase plan to bring the area steadily close to fully opening. Each phase will move forward if the trend continues for 14 days.

The 6.4% of positive cases reported Sunday along with the number of tests are in keeping with the trend.



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