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Week 3

Wednesday, March 25
LocationConfirmed Cases
Shelby County170
Metro Area218
Tennessee784
U.S.55,243
  • Two inmates test negative for coronavirus
  • 170 latest count of confirmed cases in Shelby County
  • Memphis Farmers Market postpones opening
  • Hope Church employee tests positive
  • 2 Downtown hotels temporarily close
  • Memphis Amazon employee tests positive
  • 2 Memphis VA Medical Center employees test positive
  • 2 Regional One employees test positive
  • Rides on MATA buses, trolleys, MATAplus free until April 30
  • Shelby County now has 170 cases
  • Mississippi reports second death, increased cases in DeSoto County
  • Millington offers free lunches for students
  • PBS stations to offer educational programming during school closures
  • St. Jude down to essential employees only; stepping up screenings

Tuesday, March 24

LocationConfirmed Cases
Shelby County135
Metro Area176
Tennessee667
U.S.51,542
  • Germantown announces extended closure, online learning
  • Millington extends school closure
  • Bartlett City Schools following governor’s recommendation
  • SCS to remain closed ‘until further notice’
  • Collierville recycling on hold for remainder of week due to COVID-19
  • Arlington Community Schools closed until April 24
  • Collierville announces extended school closure
  • Lakeland announces extended school closure
  • Governor asks schools to close until April 24
  • Shelby County COVID-19 cases at 135 Tuesday afternoon
  • Watch the Health Department briefing LIVE
  • Chamber posts available job listings
  • BBB warns coronavirus scams ticking up
  • Novel offering free delivery, curbside pickup
  • Shelby County cases rise to 135
  • Mississippi, Desoto County COVID-19 cases increase
  • MPD closes nine precincts
  • Criminal court clerk’s office to close early
  • Central offers deal to those laid off
  • FedEx issues travel papers to hub workers, others
  • Gould’s Salon Spa closing area locations until further notice

Monday, March 23

LocationConfirmed Cases
Shelby County93
Metro Area128
Tennessee615
U.S.42,817
  • Second St. Jude employee tests positive
  • Commission to delay hearing land use cases for 30 days
  • Shelby County Sheriff’s Office employee tests positive for COVID-19
  • Old Dominick will create up to 10,000 units of hand sanitizer
  • Community Foundation COVID-19 fund accepting donations
  • Haushalter likely to issue public health crisis order
  • Gov. Lee suspends elective surgeries, non-emergency dental work
  • Shelby total grows to 93; 615 cases statewide
  • Watch the Health Department press conference LIVE
  • County issuing stay-at-home order
  • Shelby Co. Clerk’s office shut down
  • UTHSC expects to test 150 by close of business today
  • Gov. Lee establishes COVID-19 Unified Command
  • Collierville city buildings closing
  • Strickland issues Safer at Home order
  • Small business disruption growing
  • First Horizon changing service options given COVID-19 threat
  • Mississippi and DeSoto County cases rise
  • 84 now positive in Shelby County
  • Strickland to provide update on city’s efforts against COVID-19
  • Planners search for way public can participate remotely in public hearings
  • Democratic rep says inventory needed for protective masks
  • UTHSC hosting online symposium; livestreaming available
  • COVID threat triggers jail bailouts
  • Assessor’s Office offers remote services
  • American Job Centers to close temporarily

Week 2

Sunday, March 22

LocationConfirmed Cases
Shelby County66
Metro Area96
Tennessee505
U.S.15,733
  • Complications from COVID-19 claim U of M instructor
  • Agencies encourage banks to work with borrowers during COVID-19 outbreak
  • Southaven, Olive Branch mayors declare civil emergencies
  • Tennessee Health Department reports 505 COVID-19 cases, 66 in Shelby County
  • Methodist Le Bonheur clinics cancel some appointments, surgeries
  • Tiger Lane testing will open to public Monday; referral required
  • Southwest campuses closed; all classes online
  • Second Presbyterian closes
  • YMCA taking over Shelby County Schools meal program
  • Trump tweets thanks to FedEx, Fred Smith for relief flights
  • Lee signs executive order
  • Mississppi reports 18 coronavirus cases in DeSoto County
  • Shelby County reports 58 confirmed cases of coronavirus
  • Kroger stores adjust hours

Saturday, March 21

LocationConfirmed Cases
Shelby County42
Metro Area49
Tennessee371
U.S.15,599
  • Health department: COVID-19 spread continuing in families and workplaces
  • MATA to implement social distancing on buses, trolleys
  • Gibson’s Donuts to close temporarily
  • Statewide total reaches 371 COVID-19 cases
  • Strickland expands emergency order
  • Watch the Health Department press conference LIVE
  • Arlington, Lakeland school districts suspend meal programs indefinitely
  • St. Jude employee tests positive for COVID-19
  • COVID-19 cases rise to 42 in Shelby County

Friday, March 20

LocationConfirmed Cases
Shelby County30
Metro Area37
Tennessee228
U.S.15,599
  • OUTMemphis providing food and hygiene kits
  • Graceland closing Saturday through April 3
  • City of Lakeland declares state of emergency
  • Bartlett issues state of emergency
  • Arlington declares state of emergency
  • Restaurants in unincorporated Shelby County must stop on-premise consumption
  • 30 cases as of Friday afternoon in Shelby County
  • Collierville declares state of emergency
  • Shelby County Schools suspends meal distribution
  • Horseshoe Tunica donates food to multiple groups
  • Residents light up homes to lift spirits
  • Chamber begins COVID impact surveys
  • Watch the Health Department press conference LIVE
  • Bank of America offering deferred payments to qualifying clients hurt by COVID-19
  • Germantown declares state of emergency
  • Presbyterian churches plan joint radio, live streaming service
  • Governor working on executive order for electronic local government meetings
  • Loflin Yard to host outdoor market
  • March, April vehicle registration renewal deadline extended
  • UTHSC has swabs; drive-up site closer to opening
  • Tax Day pushed back to July 15
  • MPD employee among confirmed cases in Shelby County
  • DeSoto County up to four cases
  • Strickland: ‘We have to be apart to be together’

Thursday, March 19

LocationConfirmed Cases
Shelby County10
Metro Area12
Tennessee160
U.S.9,415
  • Tipton County confirms first COVID-19 case
  • Memphis Big BBQ races postponed until June
  • Bartlett mayor in quarantine
  • Periodontal Associates of Memphis closed until April 6
  • Non-management FedEx employee tests positive for COVID-19
  • Election Commission to meet March 23 to certify election
  • Oak Hall announces temporary closure
  • Regional One further restricts visitors
  • Case confirmed in Fayette County
  • Churches, synagogues, mosques move to online services
  • Strickland likely to halt restaurant dining
  • Lee issues executive order to bolster health care
  • City Council to pass on physical meeting March 24
  • Shelby County mayor declares state of emergency
  • Memphis in May postponed until fall
  • 10 local cases Thursday afternoon, community transmission noted
  • Spickler calls for release of juveniles
  • Hotel vacancies accelerate as travelers stay home
  • ‘No one in the DA’s office testing positive’
  • Watch Health Department update LIVE
  • NBA shuts down team facilities; training on hold
  • City is readying Tiger Lane for drive-thru testing
  • House passes legislation to deal with school closings
  • MPD changing arrest procedures for misdemeanors
  • Blues Foundation cancels awards, sets up musician relief fund
  • Cases in Shelby County jump from 4 to 10
  • General Assembly set to pass electronic local meetings act
  • Overton Park closes bathrooms, playgrounds, dog park
  • Lawmakers hope to leave Nashville
  • LeMoyne-Owen moving to remote classes

Wednesday, March 18

LocationConfirmed Cases
Shelby County4
Metro Area5
Tennessee98
U.S.7,038
  • Memphis Zoo closes indefinitely
  • Area YMCA locations to suspend operations
  • Wolfchase Galleria closing until March 29
  • Billy Hardwick’s closing
  • Community Foundation launches COVID-19 Regional Response Fund
  • Orpheum cancels or postpones shows through April
  • Small business emergency declaration
  • Le Bonheur puts up screening tent, halts elective surgeries
  • High water inspection canceled (Also: What is a high water inspection)
  • Update: Health Department gives latest on COVID-19 situation
  • Tennessee total climbs to 98 cases, with majority in patients between 18-49 years old
  • With recess looming, legislature will only deal with ‘essential’ legislation
  • USL extends suspension of play until at least May 10
  • Your national novel coronavirus update
  • East Memphis’ Interim closes
  • Germantown closing all municipal buildings until further notice
  • Walgreens to adjust in-store, pharmacy and drive-thru hours
  • St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral ministry collecting food for “pop-top” giveaway
  • Nike donating $500,000 to Memphis response
  • Joris Ray: SCS employees will get paid today
  • Memphis lab to have capacity to analyze thousands of tests this week
  • Frayser CDC to remain open for now
  • Hernando woman says she tested positive for COVID-19
  • Immigration courts closing
  • Lee offers ‘no growth’ budget for coming year
  • Sheriff’s Office suspends visitation at juvenile detention center
  • Local governments can hold closed electronic meetings
  • Lawmakers suspend TNReady testing
  • Methodist ending visiting, canceling elective surgeries, diagnostic screenings
  • Health Department announces fourth confirmed Shelby case

Tuesday, March 17

LocationConfirmed Cases
Shelby County3
Tennessee74
  • Farm and Fries closing indefinitely
  • Second Presbyterian Church switches to streamed services
  • Bellevue Baptist moves to online services
  • Christ Community to open appointment-only COVID-19 test site
  • Southwest cancels events, changes schedule
  • Marriott begins reducing workers’ hours
  • Germantown closing city parks’ common use areas
  • Lee proposes $200 million in grants for infrastructure, COVID-19 needs
  • And the band plays on
  • Pink Palace Family of Museums close
  • Zoo releases social media schedule
  • Malco to temporarily close theater locations
  • Pinnacle Financial goes to drive-thru banking temporarily
  • Laird Veatch outlines Tiger athletic steps during coronavirus pandemic
  • Ballet Memphis cancels ‘Cinderella,’ classes, workshops
  • Chamber offers conference calls, webinars for businesses
  • Oak Court Mall temporarily reduces hours
  • Strickland declares state of emergency
  • Health department: Third Shelby County case confirmed
  • Macy’s temporarily closes stores nationwide
  • The CLTV cancels programming through March
  • Christ Community suspends routine dental care
  • Informacion y Recursos Sobre la Enfermedad por Coronavirus
  • Greek Festival postponed
  • Restaurant rules of the road
  • Second Line, Chef Tam’s among restaurants temporarily closed
  • Two Shelby County inmates tested for coronavirus
  • Your noon national novel coronavirus update
  • EDGE adjusts for COVID-19
  • Opera Memphis cancels festival, plans broadcast
  • More temporary closing and hour changes for restaurants
  • Hattiloo suspends performances through May 1
  • U of M cancels spring events; graduation undecided
  • Kroc Center spring break camp open — for now
  • Millington Public Library closed, City Hall to remain open

Monday, March 16

LocationConfirmed Cases
Shelby County2
Tennessee52
  • Shadyac: St. Jude postponing some fundraising events
  • Visitations at county correctional facilities suspended
  • City Councilman Dr. Warren advises on coronavirus
  • Public Defender asks for release of bondable pretrial eligible inmates
  • Board of Adjustment, Landmarks meetings canceled for March
  • Memphis mosques suspend on-site daily prayers
  • Shelby County Schools closing until April 6
  • Playhouse on the Square cancels performances
  • Tunica casinos close temporarily
  • Catholic Diocese of Memphis decree cancels Eucharist celebration, excuses people from mass
  • Pink Palace postpones Free Tuesdays
  • Workshops for city council grants postponed
  • Shelby County Criminal Justice Center makes adjustments
  • Testing sites set up
  • AAC cancels competition through school year
  • Dow experiences worst day since 1987
  • Germantown announces four facility closures
  • Stax Museum to close temporarily
  • Legislature to recess after completing ‘essential work’
  • Confirmed cases up to 52 statewide
  • Southern College of Optometry, clinics closing for safety
  • Dixon Gallery will close, gardens open
  • Taste of Memphis canceled
  • Children’s Museum to close temporarily
  • Memphis Symphony won’t hold March concerts
  • Manufacturers asked to pitch in
  • Agricenter halts large events for now
  • Germantown cancels March court dates
  • House and Senate expected to pass short-term budget and adjourn for 60 days
  • University of Memphis looking to postpone spring graduation
  • Your noon national novel coronavirus update
  • Neighborhood meeting requirement suspended for developers
  • Malco Summer Drive-In: Double features through March 26
  • Number in county being monitored falls to 123 people
  • Indie Memphis postponing March, April events
  • Criminal court cases suspended over COVID-19
  • Gov. Lee urges all schools to close
  • Germantown Chamber of Commerce cancels luncheon
  • Area YMCAs limit operations to wellness centers
  • Starbucks removes seating
  • Frayser Exchange Club canceling March meetings
  • Brooks Museum temporarily closed
  • Stocks tank at opening Monday
  • Civil Rights Museum to close temporarily; cancels April 4 MLK commemoration event

Week 1

Sunday, March 15

LocationConfirmed Cases
Shelby County2
Tennessee39
  • CDC sets mass gathering guidelines
  • Fed slashes rates, eases bank rules
  • Kroger changes affect one Memphis store
  • Walmart hours to change at some local stores
  • Council attendance discouraged
  • Tennessee confirmed COVID-19 cases rise to 39
  • Germantown Animal Shelter revising policies
  • Shelby County Schools closing district office
  • YMCA outlines screening steps at child care programs
  • Memphis closing community centers and libraries
  • CDC: Virus probably doesn’t spread through food

Friday, March 13

LocationConfirmed Cases
Shelby County2
Tennessee32
  • Grizzlies to pay game-night employees during suspended season
  • Germantown cancels programming until end of March
  • Westminster Academy suspends in-person classes
  • Bartlett changes municipal services
  • Governor closes State Capitol to tours, visitors
  • SCS announces meal plan during closure
  • Bartlett chamber reschedules annual business expo
  • Cohen to close local, Washington offices
  • Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary suspending on-campus classes
  • Mayor Strickland sends video message
  • First Shelby County coronavirus patient released from hospital
  • Municipal school districts to close through March 27
  • MLGW suspending cutoffs
  • CBHS closing through March 30
  • St. Mary’s closing through March 29
  • Buyers end brutal week on Wall Street on positive note
  • Old Dominick Distillery temporarily suspending tours
  • State Supreme Court suspends in-person court proceedings
  • MSO won’t hold upcoming Masterworks performances
  • Statewide case count now 26
  • Malco limiting ticketing capacity
  • City Council may have to rethink meeting format
  • Weekend looms large for restaurateurs
  • Recruiting curbed by NCAA
  • Memphis Animal Services adopts new measures
  • Women of Achievement awards postponed
  • Your noon national novel coronavirus update
  • YMCA facilities and programs operating as scheduled
  • Boys & Girls Clubs closing through March 27
  • Parkinson asks for help from state, MLGW
  • Memphis Zoo anticipates no closures, interruptions
  • Dining in off the table at Inspire Community Cafe for now
  • Briarcrest closed until March 30
  • Germantown cancels some board meetings
  • Memphis in May moves forward, but monitoring virus
  • Methodist Le Bonheur limits access to all facilities
  • Food bank looking for volunteers
  • NBA commish: ‘We intend to resume the season’

Thursday, March 12

LocationConfirmed Cases
Shelby County2
Tennessee18
  • PGA Tour cancels Players, upcoming tournaments
  • Lack of passengers hits Memphis airport
  • TSSAA suspends state tournament play
  • SCS addressing food distribution during hiatus
  • Democratic caucuses to teleconference, not meet
  • County government urges distance, Harris travels to Ghana
  • Second local confirmed case knew first, health department says
  • Catholic Diocese of Memphis extends spring break for schools
  • Friday Night Stripes among cancellations by U of M
  • Southwest to extend spring break
  • City of Memphis gives coronavirus update
  • NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments canceled
  • AAC suspends spring athletics competition
  • Department of Correction suspends prison visits
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Beale rescheduled
  • Tennessee Department of Health confirms 2nd Shelby County case
  • LeMoyne-Owen to extend spring break
  • Coffee Xpo postponed
  • Visits to Capitol discouraged
  • BlueCross offers free telehealth visits for members
  • 901 FC games postponed after USL announcement
  • Changes to city court
  • Your noon national novel coronavirus update
  • Calvary Waffle Shop closes early for the year
  • Mid-South Food Bank prepares 14-day food boxes
  • Soulsville postponing events
  • Cher concert tour canceled, Nile Rodgers tweets
  • Methodist LeBonheur implements screening
  • TSSAA limits seating for rest of state basketball tournament
  • Memphis mosques suspending classes, programs, workshops
  • Memphis in May plans to proceed
  • Achievement School District will follow SCS lead
  • Calvary cancels rest of Lenten Waffle Shop and Preaching Series
  • Governor declares state of emergency
  • Memphis College of Art to remain open
  • Burst water main causes Health Department closure
  • AAC, SEC, Big Ten cancel tournaments
  • CBU canceling classes; moving to remote learning next week
  • Suburban school districts to remain open
  • U of M extending spring break, moving to remote learning
  • SCS closes schools, starting Friday, for 11 days
  • What does the WHO pandemic declaration mean?

Wednesday, March 11

  • TSSAA addresses COVID-19 concerns
  • Rhodes College suspends in-person classes; U of M deciding COVID-19 response
  • University of Tennessee suspending in-person classes systemwide
  • Impact of flight reductions on Memphis unclear
  • Restaurants say business as usual, but taking precautions
  • No fans at NCAA events; Ticket price will be refunded
  • Dow enters bear market Wednesday
  • Health department reports no new cases, SCS employee cleared
  • Tennessee House speaker rejects temporary adjournment
  • Shelby County creates information portal
  • Tennessee Department of Health confirms 8th and 9th case
  • Memphis VA Medical Center monitoring veteran
  • Coronavirus concern cancels 901 FC road tilt
  • Cleanliness a concern at some schools
  • Your noon national novel coronavirus update
  • Memphis in May still on

Tuesday, March 10

  • University of Memphis athletics releases statement regarding COVID-19
  • For a day, stocks rebound
  • Tigers aware of coronavirus; concerned about future
  • Tennessee Department of Health confirms 7th case
  • St. Jude putting visitors at bay for now
  • CBU faculty member, student under self-quarantine
  • Orpheum Theatre Group takes precautions
  • Grizzlies taking new approach
  • Le Bonheur updates visitor policy
  • Your noon national novel coronavirus update
  • Tennessee Department of Health confirms 2 more cases
  • Lakeland, Arlington schools amend policies on exempting students from exams
  • Stax Museum adds cleanings
  • Rhodes College will not require sick leave for faculty, staff
  • New drink, Quarantini, at Zinnies
  • Starbucks vs. virus: 2.0
  • Bosses moves to take-out only
  • FedEx reacted to coronavirus in mid-January

Monday, March 9

  • Baptist patient continues to improve
  • FedEx to employees: Take signs of illness seriously
  • Seventy quarantined, all schools remain open
  • Law firm hosting coronavirus webinar for businesses
  • Banks take brunt of Wall Street sell-off
  • Zoo taking extra coronavirus precautions
  • Frayser Community Schools taking coronavirus precautions
  • Treadwell parents react to employee quarantine
  • Chalkbeat: Parents signing kids out of Treadwell elementary, middle
  • Law enforcement discusses precautions for coronavirus at jail, staff
  • As cases spread, TN Democrats push healthcare for uninsured
  • Trustee asks residents to pay their taxes online
  • TSSAA tournaments are on — for now
  • AAC commissioner says precautions in place for tournament
  • NBA owners, league to talk Wednesday
  • What to do if you feel sick
  • Strickland: No reason not to dine out
  • GMSD parents, students under cautionary self-quarantine
  • Memphis Islamic Center advises Muslims on coronavirus
  • Your noon national novel coronavirus update
  • Grizzlies adding hand-sanitizer stations, upgrading cleaning products
  • Airport cleaning stepped up for spring break
  • Gas prices headed lower
  • Fourth case reported; Democrats pushing insurance for uninsured
  • Stocks, oil prices plunge
  • BlueCross will cover COVID-19 testing costs
  • St. Jude has stopped work travel, postponing tours
  • SCS employee placed on cautionary quarantine
  • Coronavirus impact pending in NBA
  • First coronavirus case confirmed in Memphis

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