Coronavirus update: Positive cases keep growing in Deep South, U.S. tops 53,000 cases

Published 6:52 pm Tuesday, March 24, 2020

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

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

Alabama: 242 positive cases, 0 deaths.
Arkansas: 230 positive cases, 2 deaths.
Florida: 1,379 positive cases, 20 deaths.
Georgia: 1,097 positive cases, 38 deaths.
Louisiana: 1,172 positive cases, 34 deaths.
Mississippi: 320 positive cases, 1 death.
Tennessee: 667 positives cases, 2 deaths.
Texas: 715 positive cases, 11 deaths.

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Total cases across the South: 5,822

The number of people infected worldwide surpassed the 417,000 mark. Deaths were more than 18,500, but the number of people considered recovered reached more than 107,000, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

The University’s tracking shows approximately 53,660 cases in the U.S., making the U.S. the country with the third highest number of cases behind China and Italy, which reported 81,591 and 69,176.

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