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Magee Police Chief Ricky Davidson dies




MAGEE, MS (WLBT)- Magee Police Chief Ricky Davidson has died. Simpson County Coroner Terry Tutor says Chief Davidson collapsed at his home during a family barbecue Saturday evening. The 61-year-old suffered a massive heart attack. Davidson was pronounced dead at the Magee Hospital just before 7:30 p.m. The coroner, who told WLBT that Davidson is also his cousin, says the chief had just celebrated a birthday in January and was looking forward to retirement. Magee Mayor Jimmy Clyde says Davidson was a faithful servant to the City of Magee since 1973 and was serving his third term as Chief

Davidson worked his way up from patrolman, to assistant chief and also served as chief in the 1980’s. The mayor says, …”It is a tough loss because he was not only my friend and neighbor, but was a committed servant to the city who dedicated to his life to law enforcement. He will be greatly missed.”]]]]> ]]>

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Flaggs looking to extend Vicksburg’s mask mandate again



Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen. Left to right, South Ward Alderman Alex Monsour, Mayor George Flaggs Jr. and North Ward Alderman Michael Mayfield. (File photo via VTV screen grab)

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. is looking to extend the mask mandate in Vicksburg beyond the current Nov. 2 expiration date.

“We had a spike of 30 cases on Oct. 16,” Flaggs said at Monday’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting. “We need to keep going for at least another month.”

The city’s current civil emergency order related to COVID-19 expires Monday, Nov. 2, and will most likely be extended by the mayor and alderman before then.

Flaggs said Vicksburg is doing what it needs to be doing to keep the COVID-19 numbers low. He also mentioned that there are zero active COVID-19 cases among city employees at this time.

The mayor has also gained support from local judges on his stance against crimes committed with firearms. Last week he sent a letter to all the judges asking them to place ankle monitors on individuals who commit firearm-related crimes and give them a 7 p.m. curfew as a condition of their bonds. The judges agreed to the tougher bond criteria, effective immediately.

“I believe we should stop having curfew for the good guys and start putting the bad guys on curfew,” Flaggs said.

The board also honored Sgt. Bobby Jones, who has been with the Vicksburg Police Department for 20 years.

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No new COVID-19 deaths reported Monday in Mississippi



The Mississippi State Department of Health did not provide any COVID-19 updates Sunday, and did not provide a reason. The agency reported combined statistics for Sunday’s and Monday’s new cases and deaths Monday. As expected, case counts dropped over the weekend with fewer labs reporting results. No new deaths in the state were reported for either day.

MSDH reported three new COVID-19 cases Sunday and Monday in Warren County and no new deaths. The cumulative number of cases in Warren County to date is 1,521, and the county’s death toll is 54.

Statewide, MSDH reported 586 new COVID-19 cases Monday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 110,592. The seven-day average of new cases is 766, higher by 271 cases 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 Monday that no additional Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide Sunday. The cumulative number of deaths in the state is 3,171. The state’s rate of deaths to confirmed cases is about 2.9%.

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.

New cases and deaths were reported to MSDH as of 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, and Sunday, Oct. 18. 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 showing a rise since then.

The number of Mississippians hospitalized for the virus as of 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, is 609, about half of the late July peak of more than 1,200. The number includes 501 with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 108 people with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 140 were critically ill and in intensive care units and 69 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 94,165 through Sunday, Oct. 11. This figure is updated weekly. It represents about 85.2% of the cumulative 110,592 cases reported Monday, Oct. 19.

The number of cases in Warren County three weeks ago, Monday, Sept. 28, was 1,409, therefore the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county is 1,355, or about 89.1% of the 1,521 cumulative cases reported as of Monday, Oct. 19. The county has an estimated 112 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 Thursday, Oct. 15, is 900,479 or about 30.3% of the state’s 2.976 million residents. Mississippi’s positivity rate (positive results to tests, seven-day average) was 16.9% Sunday according to Johns Hopkins University. The national rate is 5.3%, and 5% or lower indicates adequate testing.

The total number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities is 127 Monday. About 40.4%, or 1,280, of the state’s total deaths were people in long-term care facilities.

A total of 25 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. 4.

For additional information, visit the MSDH website.

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Single vehicle accident on I-20 westbound



Photo by Thomas Parker

Just after 7 p.m. Sunday, a woman left the roadway and crashed her vehicle near the 14 mile marker on Interstate 20 westbound.

The driver suffered minor injuries and was transported to Merit Health River Region for treatment.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is in charge of the investigation of the crash.

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