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Memo adds to what we know about first COVID-19 case in Warren County



Merit Health River Region. Promise Hospital is located on the sixth floor of the facility in Vicksburg.

KPC Promise Hospital is a specialized facility for patients who need long-term and rehabilitative care located in the Merit Health River Region facility in Vicksburg. The facility’s parent company, KPC Healthcare, is based in Santa Ana, Calif.

Warren County’s first confirmed case of COVID-19 coronavirus was a Mississippi Department of Corrections inmate at Promise Hospital. He is not a resident of Warren County, although it is not clear at this time where he is from. He has been at the facility for about 60 days, and was tested nine days ago after showing symptoms of the virus.

The test confirmed the illness late on Thursday, March 26.

The following memo was sent by KPC Promise Hospital of Vicksburg CEO Kiley Cedotal to the organization’s physicians, nurses and staff on Friday, March 27:

In the interest of safety and transparency, I am reaching out to inform you that a patient at KPC Promise Hospital of Vicksburg recently tested positive for COVID-19.

As these types of cases will only continue to increase given the nature of this pandemic, I want to reassure you that we are taking every possible measure to keep you and our community safe, following all CDC guidelines related to the treatment of potential and confirmed COVID-19 patients, and implementing additional protocols out of an abundance of precaution.

One of the early steps we took as a facility was to cease virtually all hospital visitations in an effort to prevent potential community-based transmissions. In addition, we have implemented aggressive pre-screening measures for anyone who enters the facility, including staff, patients, vendors, and law enforcement personnel.

As it relates to this particular patient, all CDC guidelines have been followed throughout diagnosis and treatment, and potentially exposed staff have been asked to self-quarantine with pay.

Your health and safety are of paramount importance to our ability to care for our community and successfully overcome this unprecedented public health challenge. To that end, we have made it a top priority to ensure we maintain an adequate supply of personal protective equipment for use in all appropriate circumstances.

We are also conducting rolling assessments of inventory and resources, and are in regular communication with our local, state, and federal partners, and suppliers, to ensure we communicate our needs and maintain an adequate supply, even as demand increases.

As healthcare professionals, you have trained your entire lives for moments like these and now your skills and talents are needed more than ever. I have full confidence in our team’s ability to respond to this crisis and I am proud to work alongside each and every one of you.


Alabama’s coach Nick Saban and Greg Byrne test positive for COVID-19



Nick Saban (photo courtesy UA Athletics)

University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and UA Athletic Director Greg Byrne have tested positive for COVID-19.

“I found out earlier this afternoon that I had tested positive for COVID-19,” Saban said Wednesday in statement from the university. “I immediately left work and isolated at home. At this time, I do not have any symptoms relative to COVID, and I have taken another PCR test to confirm my diagnosis.”

Byrne also released a statement Wednesday.

“Today, I received notice that my COVID-19 test from this morning came back positive,” Byrne said. “Upon hearing the news, I immediately entered self-isolation and will remain at home and follow all guidelines. We’ve been diligent about mask wearing and social distancing from the start and want to continue to encourage you all to take the necessary precautions to help stop the spread of this virus for yourself and those around you.”

No. 2 Alabama is set to play No. 3 Georgia Saturday. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will fill in as interim head coach during Saban’s absence.

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Vicksburg police arrest a knife-wielding suspect for meth possession



Joshua Lisk (photo courtesy VPD)

A knife-wielding South Carolina man was arrested Wednesday in Vicksburg.

Police officers responded to a report of a man waving a large knife in the 3300 block of Clay Street. They found that Joshua Lisk, of Westminster, South Carolina, was in possession of methamphetamine.

Lisk appeared in Vicksburg Municipal Court Wednesday on charges of meth possession. Judge Penny Lawson set his bond at $50,000 and bound him over to the Warren County grand jury.

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Ole Miss football team dealing with COVID-19 issues



Ole Miss Rebels (photo courtesy Old Miss)

Ole Miss football is having problems with COVID-19.

After multiple sources reported the news, head coach Lane Kiffin confirmed it.

“For the first time, we are having an issue with that,” Kiffin said at a press conference. “I’m not going to get into the numbers. It’s very difficult moving people around, and we’re already beat up to from high play count Saturday versus great team.”

The Rebels are scheduled to take on the University of Arkansas Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Fayetteville, Arkansas. If the game needs to be postponed, it will have to be done by Friday.

Most of the Rebels key players, including quarterback Matt Corral and wide receiver Elijah Moore, were at practice Wednesday, a positive sign for Ole Miss. The Rebels are 1-2 and is are expected to win Saturday’s game if COVID-19 doesn’t force multiple players to sit it out.

An announcement on whether Ole Miss will play this week can be expected no later than tomorrow.


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