Shelby County health officials link county’s coronavirus outbreak to Mardi Gras

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Mardis Gras linked to spread of COVID-19 in Shelby County

By Janice Broach | March 31, 2020 at 5:44 PM CDT – Updated March 31 at 5:44 PM

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) – Shelby County health officials say they know what led to the spread of COVID-19 in our area.

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Tuesday the health department said after investigating, Mardi Gras is how the coronavirus first came to Shelby County.

Alisa Haushalter head of the health department points out that most of the cases of coronavirus in Shelby County are not elderly people.

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Haushalter says it is important to remind people to practice social distancing — the implication younger — people are not doing that. It means staying 6 feet away from people.

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