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Mississippi reports sixth coronavirus death

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On Thursday, the Mississippi State Department of Health has reported one new death from the COVID-19 coronavirus in Mississippi, bringing the state total to six.

The case was a Rankin County male, aged 80 to 85, with underlying health conditions. He died while hospitalized.

Deaths have been previously reported in Hancock, Holmes, Tunica, Webster and Wilkinson counties.

Worldwide, more than 500,000 cases have been reported, and more than 23,000 people have lost their lives. In the U.S., more than 75,000 cases and more than 1,000 deaths have been reported.

For more information, please visit MSDH’s COVID-19 web pages.

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Battlefield Drugs improvising to serve customers

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(photo by Thomas Parker)

With the governor’s statewide stay-at-home order going into effect Friday, many people are out today making preparations to comply.

Lines of cars at Battlefield Drugs on Indiana Avenue have formed outside the store, which owner John Storey has temporarily closed to customers but not to service. Storey has employees with radios inside and out who are processing customer orders as expeditiously as possible.

Storey added three staff members including two pharmacists following the recent closure of the two Durst Drug locations.

Remember that picking up prescriptions, groceries or other health and safety essentials is allowed under the stay-at-home order.

Battlefield Drug employees Shawn Lee and Kristi Blaylack fill orders for customers waiting outside. (Photo by Thomas Parker)

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Warren County Courts and Youth Courts continue to operate

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Warren County and Youth Court Judge Marcie T. Southerland says that her courts continue to operate, although there may be some new procedures to follow.

Many issues are being resolved via telephone or video conferencing. Southerland continues to follow directives from the Mississippi Supreme Court requiring due process be available to the public even during the COVID-19 crisis.

If you have matters before either court, you or your attorney of record should contact the Warren County Court at 601-638-8026 or Youth Court at 601–630-8004 to get instructions to move forward.

Please leave a message if no one is available to speak with you at the time of call.

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City and county officials update provisions for COVID-19 shelter-in-place order

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Dr. Carlos Latorre speaks from the steps of the Warren County Courthouse on April 2, 2020. (Photo via video screen grab)

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. opened a press conference held on the steps of the Warren County Courthouse on Thursday afternoon to update the public on additional provisions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

He announced that in the wake of Gov. Tate Reeves shelter-in-place order of Wednesday, the City of Vicksburg will have new orders that will go in effect at 5 p.m. Friday, April 3, until 5 a.m. on Monday, April 20.

Flaggs summarized the new provisions for the City of Vicksburg:

  • Juvenile curfew for residents 17 years and younger from 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.
  • Day-care facilities will reopen in the city of Vicksburg
  • No more than 10 people in any one place at any one time
  • No unnecessary travel except to groceries, pharmacies and curbside pickup
  • Restaurants cannot have seating inside or outside

Warren County Board of Supervisors President Jeff Holland spoke on the restrictions going into effect for Warren County, including that all county offices will be operational, but closed to the public and behind locked doors. Residents should call the offices to make an appointment if they need county services.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace reminded everyone that law enforcement will enforce the shelter-in-place rules and that these rules are for public safety. He went on to say no citations had been issued in the county for violation of the new rules.

Warren County Emergency Management director John Elfer said that he was still distributing personal protective equipment. He also emphasized the need to get information from valid sources and made a point to dismiss the idea of National Guard troops staging to enforce COVID-19 rules

Dr. Carlos Latorre, a member of the Mississippi COVID-19 task force, said that the number of hospital beds will become inadequate over the next couple of weeks. The requests for everyone to stay home, wear masks and observe hygiene are working, he said, and we need to stay with them for a couple more weeks.

Latorre said there is an increase in patients because of more testing. Spring break was two weeks ago, and the number of people infected during spring break is significant.

The doctor went on to congratulate Warren County and Vicksburg for their diligence in minimizing the spread of the virus.

One of the people infected in Warren County is located in an unnamed long-term care facility. Heavy testing has been done in that facility with no additional infections to date. The Mississippi State Department of Health is emphasizing that patients in these facilities, which include nursing homes, are at high risk due to their age and poor health.

For more information, read the city’s proclamation in full here.

Watch the press conference on our Facebook page.

Also, go to the MSDH website or call the COVID-19 hotline at 877-978-6453 with your questions.

 

 

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