Coronavirus update: Cases across South keep going higher, U.S. has more than 41K

Published 4:46 pm Monday, March 23, 2020

The number of positive cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus continue to rise across the South.

Here’s a breakdown, by state, from Monday afternoon:

Alabama: 196 positive cases, 0 deaths.
Arkansas: 197 positive cases.
Florida: 1,096 positive cases, 15 deaths.
Georgia: 772 positive cases, 25 deaths.
Louisiana: 1,172 positive cases, 34 deaths.
Mississippi: 249 positive cases, 1 death.
Tennessee: 615 positives cases, 2 deaths.
Texas: 352 positive cases, 8 deaths.

Total cases across the South: 4.649

The number of people infected worldwide surpassed the 374,000 mark. Deaths were more than 16,400, but the number of people considered recovered reached more than 100,900, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

The University’s tracking shows approximately 41,708 cases in the U.S., making the U.S. the country with the third highest number of cases behind China and Italy, which reported 81,496 and 63,927, respectively.

Everyone is warned to take the necessary precautions to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and stay safe and healthy.

These precautions include:

  • Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds and frequently
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with your arm
  • Avoiding touching your face
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Avoiding close contact with others
  • And staying home if you are sick