Connect with us


Flaggs answers questions about the city’s COVID-19 response in Facebook live event



Mayor George Flaggs Jr. during his April 6 Facebook live Q&A. (Screen grab from video by Thomas Parker)

Mayor George Flaggs hosted a live stream question and answer session to address the growing concerns over the COVID-19 spread in Vicksburg and Warren County.

Regardless of the number of times people are being told to seek information from credible sources rumors and misinformation are still being spread, Flaggs said.

As of Sunday, there are 1,738 confirmed cases in Mississippi with 51 deaths. Flaggs said that five cases have been reported in Warren County, “but that number will grow.”

“The next two weeks are critical,” Flaggs said.

Community transmission is becoming a problem in Warren County because people are not practicing the social distancing protocols strictly enough. “The virus is being transmitted from person to person in Warren County,” he said.

“Cover your face. Face protection will stop the transmission of this virus. A mask will work,” he added.

Flaggs addressed some confusion over what constituted an essential business.

“Essential businesses as defined by the governor are allowed to stay open” explained Flaggs. (See the list here.)

“I have the authority, but I don’t want to close the grocery stores,” he added. “I don’t want to close a pharmacy down, but if it becomes an issue where this transmitted disease is starting and escalating in those areas, we will have to look into it.”

Earlier Monday, Flaggs outlined what groceries and pharmacies should be doing to comply with social distancing guidelines, including limiting shoppers in stores and enforcing 6 foot distances between individuals.

He stressed to viewers to not over-buy grocery items and said that an entire family should not visit the grocery store or pharmacy together. He recommended one person per family run the errands for the household.

The Mayor is pleased with how the curfew is being obeyed by most. He clarified the curfew is in effect every night from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. and anyone 17 and under has a 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. curfew. Mayor Flaggs also believes this curfew is helping our crime statistics.

A concern of one viewer was the anticipated increase of COVID-19 patients at Merit Health River Region.

“In talking with River Region, Vicksburg and Warren County are ready. The issue is: are we ready for surrounding areas like Rolling Fork and Port Gibson coming in? But the hospital is using staff and supplies wisely,” Flaggs said.

It has been a concern of Mayor Flaggs that churches need some type of financial relief during this pandemic. On Friday, he wrote a letter to President Donald Trump requesting assistance for them. Flaggs announced during the forum that churches and other faith-based organizations can fill out and submit SBA loans through the federal government as any other non-profit organization can.

“I’m absolutely confident our city and nation will bounce back from this,” Flaggs said.

Flaggs said in order for things to go back to normal he is looking for one thing.

“Data, I need data,” he said, “and I need the experts to tell me that we’ve peaked and it’s best for us to restore and take off some of these restrictions.”

“9/11 changed our lives,” Flaggs added. “Pearl harbor changed our lives, and this (COVID-19) will change our lives.”

On Wednesday, viewers can tune in at 6 p.m. to hear from Vicksburg Fire Chief Craig Danzyck and Vicksburg Police Chief Milton Moore. Flaggs said it is his hope to have an ongoing forum that may include Warren County Supervisors and Warren County Emergency Director John Elfer


Mississippi reports 1,000 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday



So far in October, more than half of all U.S. states have reported record numbers of new COVID-19 cases. Missouri is the only state that is reporting a significant drop in new cases. With increased cases come increased hospitalizations. Wisconsin, for example, has set up a field hospital at the state fairgrounds. Deaths, which are a lagging indicator, have also increased in the past couple of weeks, but not as quickly as new cases.

In Mississippi, the number of new reported cases hit 1,000 Wednesday, driving the seven-day average up to nearly 800 per day.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported one new COVID-19 case Wednesday in Warren County and no new deaths. The cumulative number of cases in Warren County to date is 1,561, and the county’s death toll is 56.

Statewide, MSDH reported 1,000 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 117,617. The seven-day average of new cases is 785, higher by 286 cases — more than a third higher— 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 Wednesday that 19 additional Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide. The cumulative number of deaths in the state is 3,302. 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 19 deaths MSDH reported Wednesday, 13 occurred between Oct. 15 and Oct. 27 in the following counties:

County Deaths reported Wednesday
Adams 1
Attala 1
Benton 2
Bolivar 1
Chickasaw 1
Desoto 1
Harrison 1
Jefferson Davis 1
Lamar 1
Tippah 1
Yalobusha 2

Six COVID-19 related deaths reported Wednesday occurred between Aug. 19 and Oct. 20 and were identified from death certificate reports.

County Deaths identified from death certificate reports
Bolivar 1
Humphreys 1
Jackson 1
Lamar 1
Washington 1
Wilkinson 1

New cases and deaths were reported to MSDH as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. 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 began rising since then. The have leveled off again this week.

The number of Mississippians hospitalized for the virus as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, is 666, more than half of the late July peak of about 1,200. The number includes 577 with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 89 people with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 157 were critically ill and in intensive care units and 62 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 117,617 cases reported as of Wednesday, Oct. 28.

The number of cases in Warren County three weeks ago, Wednesday, Oct. 7, was 1,443, therefore the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county is 1,387, or about 88.9% of the 1,561 cumulative cases reported as of Wednesday, Oct. 28. The county has an estimated 118 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. 17 (the latest testing results reported by MSDH), is 949,085 or about 31.9% 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 6.2%, and 5% or lower indicates adequate testing.

The total number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities was 132 Wednesday. About 39.8%, or 1,315, 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.

Continue Reading


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

Continue Reading


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.

Continue Reading

7:18am6:15pm CDT
Feels like: 75°F
Wind: 0mph WSW
Humidity: 96%
Pressure: 29.61"Hg
UV index: 0
min 48°F




Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!