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City of Vicksburg COVID-19 proclamation May 15 – full text





WHEREAS, pursuant to §§45-17-1 through 45-17-13, and §33-15-17 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended, the Mayor is authorized to proclaim that a Civil Emergency exists defined as any natural disaster or man-made calamity resulting in the death or injury of persons to such an extent that extraordinary measures must be taken to protect the public health, safety and welfare; and

WHEREAS, §21-19-3 gives municipalities the authority to make regulations to prevent the spreading of contagious or infectious diseases and to make quarantine laws for that purpose; and

WHEREAS, §33-15-17 authorizes the Mayor to control or restrict egress, ingress and movement within the local emergency area necessary to facilitate the protection of life and property; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to these laws, the Mayor is authorized to issue such orders as he deems necessary to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Vicksburg, Mississippi; and

WHEREAS, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) that has spread across this nation is a worldwide pandemic and as of May 15, 2020, the Mississippi Department of Health has reported 10, 801 positive confirmed cases and 493 deaths in Mississippi, 4  of which were in Warren County; and

WHEREAS, extraordinary measures related to the spread of the Coronavirus are necessary for the health, safety, welfare and good order to protect the public and a Proclamation was issued effective March 23, 2020 at Noon to employ certain measures which were intended to minimize the spread of the COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, previous emergency orders have required that barber shops, beauty salons, nail salons and message spas be closed to prevent the spread; and

WHEREAS, the Governor of the State of Mississippi has amended his Safer at Home Order in an effort to continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while allowing these personal care businesses and gyms to operate; and

WHEREAS, there are requirements that are mandated if these businesses desire to open to provide services to their customers.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED BY THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF VICKSBURG pursuant to §§45-17-1 through 45-17-13, §21-19-3  and §33-15-17 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, the following regulations apply to restaurants that do not serve alcohol, tattoo parlors, dance studios, hours of operation for municipal and private parks, religious activities, funerals, and the general curfew as follows:

  1. Restaurants that do not serve alcohol may offer in-house dining to the public twenty-four (24) hours a day. Restaurants that do serve alcohol shall continue to set hours of operation to close in-house dining to the public no later than 10:00 p.m.
  2. Tattoo parlors (including body piercing) are allowed to open subject to the following limitations:
    1. Prior to resuming operations, the tattoo parlor, including areas not open to the public, shall be deep cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized.
    2. Tattoo parlors shall take all reasonable measures to ensure compliance with the Mississippi State Department of Health’s and CDC’s regulations, orders and guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID- 19, including, but not limited to: social distancing; sending sick employees home; actively encouraging sick employees to stay home; separating and sending home employees who appear to have respiratory illness symptoms; adopting and enforcing regular and proper hand-washing and personal hygiene protocols; and daily screening of employees for COVID-19 related symptoms before beginning their shift.
    3. Tattoo parlors shall conduct a daily screening of all employees at the beginning of their shift. Such daily screening shall include the following questions, and any employee answering any question in the affirmative shall be sent home:
      • Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
      • Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat?
      • Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?
      • Have you had new loss of taste or smell?
      • Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?
    4. All employees shall be required to report any symptoms of COVID-19 to their supervisor, and any employee who exhibits any of the symptoms of COVID-19 during their shift shall be sent home immediately and advised to consult with their physician.
    5. All employees shall be provided training regarding minimizing the spread of COVID- 19, including reinforcement of proper sanitation, hand washing, cough and sneeze etiquette, and using PPE.
    6. Break rooms shall be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, and the number of employees in the break room shall be limited to allow for strict social distancing (a minimum of six feet between employees and no gathering of more than ten employees).
    7. Appropriate PPE shall be worn by all employees based on their duties and responsibilities and in adherence to state and local regulations and guidelines. Every employee who comes into direct contact with customers shall be provided a cloth mask and required to wear the mask while on duty. Employees are encouraged to wear face shields when serving a customer.
    8. Every employee shall wear disposable gloves when serving a customer and change gloves between customers.
    9. All linens shall be stored in an airtight container.
    10. All linen hampers and trash containers shall be cleaned and disinfected daily, and all such containers must have a lid.
    11. Employees shall wash their hands with soapy, warm water for a minimum of twenty seconds between every customer.
    12. Services shall be provided on an appointment basis only. No walk-in customers are permitted.
    13. The use of technology solutions to minimize person-to-person contact is encouraged, including mobile appointment systems, text upon arrival, and contactless payment options.
    14. Signage shall be posted at each entrance stating no customer with a fever or other symptom of COVID-19 is permitted in the tattoo parlor.
    15. Customers shall be screened for illness prior to their entry into the tattoo parlor.
    16. Customers shall wear a face covering, covering nose and mouth, at all times while inside the tattoo parlor.
    17. Tattooing and piercing of the mouth and nose area is prohibited.
    18. All waiting areas shall be closed, and customers shall not be permitted to congregate outside of the tattoo parlor prior to their appointment. Customers shall wait in their vehicle until their appointment time.
    19. Chairs/workstations shall be rearranged to ensure at least six feet of separation between customers.
    20. The number of customers in the tattoo parlor shall be limited to one customer per employee.
    21. Chairs and work stations shall be sanitized and disinfected after each use.
    22. All high-touch areas, including all door handles shall be sanitized, at a minimum, once every two hours.
    23. Hand sanitizer shall be placed at all points of entry and exit, and customers shall be required to sanitize their hands upon entry into and exit from the tattoo parlor. xxiv. The tattoo parlor shall be deep cleaned daily.
  1. Religious Services: Places of worship are encouraged to limit attendees to 50% of capacity beginning Sunday May 17. All persons present are encouraged to wear masks. It is additionally recommended that a list of all attendees be kept. At all times, social distancing and sanitizing or washing hands should be practiced. Curbside church or communion services where attendees remain in their vehicles are encouraged along with live-stream, online broadcast or other social media platforms for viewing services.
  2. Funeral services: Funeral services are recommended to be held outside at grave side with a limit of 50 persons. All persons present are encouraged to wear masks. It is additionally recommended that a list of all attendees be kept. At all times, social distancing and sanitizing or washing hands should be practiced. Funeral services inside shall be limited to 50% capacity, and social distancing should be practiced. Regardless of the location, all funeral services shall be at 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. through June 1, 2020. There shall not be any repast or other meal following the funeral with more than 10 persons.
  3. Curfew: the general curfew which is in place from 11:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. will end at 5:00 a.m. on May 21, 2020. The juvenile curfew will remain in place as previously ordered.
  4. Dance studios are allowed to open subject to the limitations placed on gyms as set forth in Executive Order 1477 of the Governor of Mississippi.
  5. The limitation of hours of operation for municipal parks, private parks and outdoor recreational activities is removed.

Violations of this EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION will be subject to misdemeanor prosecution pursuant to Sec. 45-17-9 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended, Sec. 33-15-7 and Sec. 1-9 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Vicksburg, including a fine of up to $1,000.00 and 90 days in jail.



SO RESOLVED this the ____ day of May 2020.











Vicksburg Warren School District reports four new COVID-19 cases



The Vicksburg Warren School District is reporting four new COVID-19 cases for the week of Oct. 19 through Oct. 23, 2020.

Additionally, 22 students, teachers and staff are under new quarantines due to possible exposure in the same time period.

The following schools reported new cases and quarantines:

Academy of Innovation
1 new positive case – student
5 quarantined – students

Bowmar Avenue Elementary
2 new positive cases – teacher/staff
1 quarantined – teacher/staff
13 quarantined – students

River City Early College
1 quarantined – student

Warren Central Intermediate School
1 new positive case – teacher/staff
1 quarantined teacher/staff

Central Office Staff 
1 new quarantined – staff

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Ridgeland High football and basketball teams quarantined



The Madison County School District has ordered the Ridgeland High School football team to quarantine due to three positive COVID-19 tests.

The Titans will quarantine at home for 14 days, which means they will not play Friday. The team was scheduled to play Holmes County Central Friday for their last game of the regular season, but the game has been canceled giving the Holmes Jaguars a big district forfeit win.

The team ends the season with a 6-2 record, only losing one district game due to Friday’s forfeit to the Jaguars. They will likely head into the playoffs after the quarantine.

The Titans boy’s basketball team has also been ordered to suspend practice and quarantine and will not be able continue practice until the end of the two week period.

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COVID-19 continues surging nationwide; 854 new cases in Mississippi Tuesday



With the beginning of what most now see as a fall surge in COVID-19 cases, nearly a half-million Americans were diagnosed with the virus in the past week. New outbreaks have been reported in every region of the country, but the rural midwest has been hit especially hard. Nationally, the seven-day average is nearly 70,000 new cases per day, the highest since the start of the crisis.

In Mississippi, Gov. Tate Reeves has put 16 counties under more restrictive COVID-19 measures including mandating masks in nearly all indoor spaces other than polling places.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported nine new COVID-19 cases Tuesday in Warren County and no new deaths. The cumulative number of cases in Warren County to date is 1,560, and the county’s death toll is 56.

Statewide, MSDH reported 854 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 116,617. The seven-day average of new cases is 756, higher by 257 cases — about a third — from a month ago.

Most new cases are seen in younger people recently, and they are more likely to survive the virus than those 65 and older. By far, the age group reporting the most cases in Mississippi are young people from 18 to 29 years old.

MSDH reported Tuesday that 20 additional Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide. The cumulative number of deaths in the state is 3,283. The state’s rate of deaths to confirmed cases is about 2.8%.

Deaths are a lagging indicator. While July saw the highest number of new cases since the crisis began, August saw the highest number of deaths. The highest number of deaths in any one day was 67 reported Aug. 25.

Of the 20 deaths MSDH reported Tuesday, 19 occurred between Oct. 22 and Oct. 26 in the following counties:

County Deaths reported Tuesday
Benton 2
Calhoun 1
Clarke 2
Clay 1
Covington 2
Itawamba 1
Jackson 2
Lee 2
Leflore 1
Lincoln 2
Marshall 1
Oktibbeha 1
Sharkey 1

One additional COVID-19 death occurred Sept. 21 in Hinds County and was identified from a death certificate report.

New cases and deaths were reported to MSDH as of 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26. MSDH usually reports statistics on the COVID-19 coronavirus each day based on the previous day’s testing and death reports.

The primary metric concerning state health officials are the numbers of people hospitalized, and that number rose steadily with the rise of new cases in July and August. On June 6, the number of Mississippians hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 was at 358. Hospitalizations nearly tripled by late July. They leveled off in early August and began noticeably dropping in the middle of the month including critical cases and numbers of people requiring ventilators. Hospitalizations continued to drop in September but levelled off at the middle of the month. They dropped again through Oct. 3; however, hospitalizations have been rising since then with a flattening this past week.

The number of Mississippians hospitalized for the virus as of 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, is 678, more than half of the late July peak of about 1,200. The number includes 572 with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 106 people with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 159 were critically ill and in intensive care units and 63 were on ventilators.

Source: MSDH

MSDH has estimated the number of people who can be presumed recovered from COVID-19 in Mississippi. That number is 101,385 through Sunday, Oct. 25. This figure is updated weekly. It represents about 86.9% of the cumulative 116,617 cases reported as of Tuesday, Oct. 27.

The number of cases in Warren County three weeks ago, Tuesday, Oct. 6, was 1,438, therefore the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county is 1,382, or about 88.6% of the 1,560 cumulative cases reported as of Tuesday, Oct. 27. The county has an estimated 122 active cases.

These estimates are based on MSDH’s guidelines for calculating estimated recoveries when hospitalizations are not known, using the number of cases 21 days ago, less known outcomes (deaths).

The total number of Mississippians tested for COVID-19 (PCR and antigen tests identifying current infections) as of Saturday, Oct. 10 (the latest testing results reported by MSDH), is 900,479 or about 30.3% of the state’s 2.976 million residents. Without an updated number of tests, it is impossible to accurately calculate Mississippi’s positivity rate (positive results to tests, seven-day average), however, the rate was 16.6% Thursday, Oct. 22, according to Johns Hopkins University. The national rate is 6.3%, and 5% or lower indicates adequate testing.

The total number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities was 134 Tuesday. About 40%, or 1,304, of the state’s total deaths were people in long-term care facilities.

A total of 26 deaths in Warren County were residents of LTC facilities.

MSDH is no longer reporting outbreaks in individual long-term care facilities in Mississippi and has replaced it with access to a database from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. You can access and search the data here. The latest data available is for the week ending Oct. 11.

For additional information, visit the MSDH website.

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