Local Coronavirus Updates

Update from MSDH  (04/01/20)

136 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported by the state department of health with 2 new deaths. The state total of cases now stands at 1,073 with 22 deaths.

Three adults under the age of 50 have died.

The Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline is the best way to get your questions about COVID-19 answered. Call any time: 877-978-6453.

More details and important preventive steps at http://HealthyMS.com/covid-19

Source: MS Department of Health

Testing Update

  • If you are sick, call providers before going to the office. Doctor will assess you and determine any necessary testing

If you are stuck inside with the kids and you’re running out of ideas to keep them entertained, here are some links to help

MPB PBS has a free platform with interactive tools and lessons that are aligned with state education standards.

Parents can learn more about the tool in a free, live online session on March 18. Register here: http://public.pbs.org/DistanceLearningResources

You can also try it out now at pbslearningmedia.org.

The educational company, Scholastic, has launched a “Learn at Home” website that has daily courses for students from pre-kindergarten to grades six and higher.

Here are several museums offering “virtual” tours online:

Just click here for a full list of things to keep everyone entertained.


As the threat of coronavirus continues, events may be postponed or cancelled. We’ll be keeping you updated about local event cancellations and postponements here along with updates on closures. 

Coronavirus: What Mississippians Need To Know

Dr. Bhagyashri Navalkele is the assistant professor of infectious diseases and medical director of Infection Prevention at UMMC. Hear her discuss coronavirus and answer questions from US 96 listeners in this weeks Metro Matters.

Preventive measures against COVID-19 are the same as those for other respiratory viruses like the flu.

To help prevent getting and spreading disease:
*Stay home if you are sick, and avoid close contact with anyone who is ill.
*Cover your coughs and sneezes. When possible, cough, sneeze or blow your nose into a tissue, and throw the tissue away.
*Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
*Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, especially after coughing or sneezing, blowing your nose, and using the bathroom. Effective handwashing takes about 20 seconds, and includes cleaning under fingernails, between fingers, and washing the back of hands as well as the front. More proper handwashing tips here
*Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched often.
*Stay in good overall health by eating right and staying active.
*If you are living with diabetes, heart disease or other condition, keep in touch with your doctor and stay current with your treatment.
*During or before flu season, get a flu shot. Flu vaccination can prevent the flu or make it less severe, and decrease your chance of hospitalization and death. It also keeps you healthier and better able to fight off infections.
Source: MS Department of Health

MEMA: Tips for employers to help prevent spread of Coronavirus

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is assisting the Mississippi State Department of Health in its response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). MEMA will help coordinate any additional resources the Department of Health may have during their planning, response and recovery stages.
CDC Recommended Strategies for Employers:
  • Actively encourage sick employees to stay home:
    • Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.
    • Ensure that your sick leave policies are flexible and consistent with public health guidance and that employees are aware of these policies.
    • Talk with companies that provide your business with contract or temporary employees about the importance of sick employees staying home and encourage them to develop non-punitive leave policies.
    • Do not require a healthcare provider’s note for employees who are sick with acute respiratory illness to validate their illness or to return to work, as healthcare provider offices and medical facilities may be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely way.
    • Employers should maintain flexible policies that permit employees to stay home to care for a sick family member. Employers should be aware that more employees may need to stay at home to care for sick children or other sick family members than is usual.
  • Separate sick employees:
    • CDC recommends that employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work or become sick during the day should be separated from other employees and be sent home immediately. Sick employees should cover their noses and mouths with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available).
  • Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees:
    • Place posters that encourage staying home when sick, cough and sneeze etiquette, and hand hygiene at the entrance to your workplace and in other workplace areas where they are likely to be seen.
    • Provide tissues and no-touch disposal receptacles for use by employees.
    • Instruct employees to clean their hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol, or wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.
    • Provide soap and water and alcohol-based hand rubs in the workplace. Ensure that adequate supplies are maintained. Place hand rubs in multiple locations or in conference rooms to encourage hand hygiene.
    • Visit the coughing and sneezing etiquette and clean hands webpage for more information.
  • Perform routine environmental cleaning:
    • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.
    • No additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning is recommended at this time.
    • Provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (for example, doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks) can be wiped down by employees before each use.
  • Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps:
    • Check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations for each country to which you will travel. Specific travel information for travelers going to and returning from China, and information for aircrew, can be found at on the CDC website.
    • Advise employees to check themselves for symptoms of acute respiratory illness before starting travel and notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.
    • Ensure employees who become sick while traveling or on temporary assignment understand that they should notify their supervisor and should promptly call a healthcare provider for advice if needed.
    • If outside the United States, sick employees should follow your company’s policy for obtaining medical care or contact a healthcare provider or overseas medical assistance company to assist them with finding an appropriate healthcare provider in that country. A U.S. consular officer can help locate healthcare services. However, U.S. embassies, consulates, and military facilities do not have the legal authority, capability, and resources to evacuate or give medicines, vaccines, or medical care to private U.S. citizens overseas.
Source: WJTV