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Statement from Madison PD about Officer Jimmy Brooks




It is with deep regret that the Madison Police Department announces the death of one its police officers as a result of injuries sustained in a traffic accident at approximately 6:40 A.M. this morning. PFC Jimmy Brooks, Sr. was a veteran officer with 10 ½ years of service with the Madison Police Department.  Officer Brooks had a total of 31 ½ years of law enforcement experience.  His prior service included 21 years with the City of Vicksburg Police Department, retiring as the Chief of Police in 1992. PFC Brooks was enroute to work on his personal motorcycle at the time of the accident.  He was transported to the University of Mississippi Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. The accident is currently under investigation by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. Our thoughts, prayers and support are with the Brooks family at this time of loss. WLBT has the press conference with Chief Gene Waldrop online at]]]]> ]]>

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House fire in Kings community



(photo by Thomas Parker)

A home on Winters Lane in Vicksburg’s Kings community caught fire Friday just before 11 a.m.

house fire kings

Photo by Thomas Parker.

Firefighters from the Vicksburg Fire Department were able to extinguish the blaze, leaving the home moderately damaged but saving most of the structure. No one was injured as a result of the fire.

The cause and origin of the fire is under investigation.

The Vicksburg Daily News will bring you more information as details become available.

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New COVID-19 cases in the U.S. approach July’s one-day record; 795 new cases in Mississippi



Thursday, the U.S. saw its second highest number of new COVID-19 cases in a single day since the crisis began, with  76,195 new cases reported. The one-day record high of 77,299 new cases occurred July 16, according to a Reuters analysis.

U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar attributed the increase in cases to behavior of individuals, saying household gatherings have become a “major vector of disease spread.”

Deaths in the U.S. have also increased, with the seven-day average of 785, up 13% in the last week.

“We’re in a very serious moment right now,” Azar said.

Currently in the U.S., more than 8.4 million cumulative COVID-19 cases have been confirmed, and 223,087 Americans have died since the beginning of the outbreak, according to Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. leads the world in numbers of infections and deaths, although new surges are being reported worldwide.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported seven new COVID-19 cases Friday in Warren County and no new deaths. The cumulative number of cases in Warren County to date is 1,543, and the county’s death toll is 55.

Statewide, MSDH reported 795 new COVID-19 cases Friday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 113,876. The seven-day average of new cases is 660, higher by 183 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 Friday that seven additional Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide. The cumulative number of deaths in the state is 3,238. 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.

The seven deaths MSDH reported Friday occurred between Oct. 17 and Oct. 21 in the following counties:

County Deaths reported Friday
Clarke 1
Hancock 1
Hinds 1
Marshall 2
Panola 1
Tippah 1

New cases and deaths were reported to MSDH as of 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. 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.

The number of Mississippians hospitalized for the virus as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, is 695, more than half of the late July peak of about 1,200. The number includes 599 with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 96 people with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 157 were critically ill and in intensive care units and 68 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 97,675 through Sunday, Oct. 11. This figure is updated weekly. It represents about 85.8% of the cumulative 113,876 cases reported Friday, Oct. 23.

The number of cases in Warren County three weeks ago, Friday, Oct. 2, was 1,425, therefore the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county is 1,370, or about 88.9% of the 1,543 cumulative cases reported as of Friday, Oct. 23. 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 Friday, Oct. 10, 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 16.6% Thursday according to Johns Hopkins University. The national rate is 5.7%, and 5% or lower indicates adequate testing.

The total number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities was 130 Friday. About 40.2%, or 1,301, 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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Massive sinkhole at Mt. Alban and Culkin roads



Massive hole in the roadway caused by the water leak (photo by David Day).

A broken water line has undermined the roadway and caused a massive sinkhole to open Friday morning on Mt. Alban Road at the intersection of Culkin Road in Warren County.

sinkhole mt alban culkin

photo by David Day

The sinkhole is becoming larger by the moment as more of the roadway is undermined by the water.

Please use extreme caution in the area, and find an alternative route if possible.

water sinkhole road

(photo and video by David Day)

Work has begun to repair the water line and roadway.  The task is expected to take most of the day, at least, to complete.


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