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Roads closed in and around Vicksburg National Military Park due to erosion

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The Vicksburg National Military Park announced today that it has closed two roads in the northern part of the park.

North Union and Grant avenues are closed to vehicles and pedestrians because of road erosion.

The USS Cairo exhibit is accessible from Confederate Avenue.

Old Jackson Road in Warren County has been temporarily closed on the east side of the park because of a mudslide.

Crews are working to clear the mud and debris off the road, and it should be reopened later today.

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Dr. Collins says good eye hygiene more important than ever

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(Photo by איתן טל - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7929385)

Given the directives to stop touching our faces, including our noses and eyes, to limit the spread of COVID-19, we wanted to know if contact lens wearers should be doing something different now than they were before.

As always, information on social media runs the gamut, from “don’t worry at all” to “stop wearing contacts.”

We decided to reach out to a local optometrist for some guidance.

Dr. Chris Collins of the Collins Eye Clinic in Vicksburg advised that now more than ever, good eye hygiene is crucial.

“I always recommend thorough hand washing before handling contact lenses,” he said. “Use only doctor and manufacturer-recommended products to care for the lens. The eye has been identified as a potential risk, but I am not advising patients to stop wearing contacts at this time.”

“It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention writes on its website.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology recently provided the following guidance compiled by David Turbert and reviewed by Dr. James M. Huffman:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water and dry them with a lint-free towel before handling your contacts.
  • Minimize contact with water. Remove lenses before showering, swimming or entering a hot tub.
  • Do not rinse or store your contacts in water (tap or sterile water).
  • Do not put your lenses in your mouth to wet them.
  • Do not use saline solution and rewetting drops to disinfect lenses. Neither is an effective or approved disinfectant.
  • Follow your eye care professional’s schedule for wearing and replacing your contacts.
  • Use the “rub and rinse” method to clean your contacts. Rub your contact lenses with your fingers, then rinse them with solution before soaking. Use this method even if the solution you are using is a “no-rub” variety.
  • Rinse the contact lens case with fresh solution — not water. Then leave the empty case open to air dry.
  • Keep the contact lens case clean and replace it regularly, at least every three months. Lens cases can be a source of contamination and infection. Do not use cracked or damaged lens cases.
  • Do not re-use old solution or “top off” the solution in your lens case.
  • Do not transfer contact lens solution into smaller travel-size containers.
  • Do not allow the tip of the solution bottle to touch any surface. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
  • Never wear your lenses after storage for 30 or more days without disinfecting them again.

For more information on eye health and COVID-19, visit the AAO website.

 

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Vicksburg Police incident report: theft, burglary, auto burglary

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The Vicksburg Police Department has reported the following incidents for Monday, March 30.

Officers responded to BG Junior, 4110 Clay St., in reference to a theft (grand larceny) at 7:37 a.m. The complainant stated when she arrived to work the Air King Air Pump worth $1,000 was missing from the front of the store.

At 9:44 a.m., officers responded to Vicksburg High School, 3701 Drummond St., in reference to a burglary. The complainant reported someone went into one of the trailer storage units and stole $30,000 in copper and brass fittings.

Officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of Skyway Lane in reference to an auto burglary at 4:01 p.m. The victim stated that a Coach purse valued at $700 was taken from the back seat of a Mercedes ML350. The vehicle was unsecured.

If you have information on any of these incidents, please contact the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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Supervisors take action to protect county employees pay amid COVID-19 crisis

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Warren County Board of Supervisors. Left to right: Kelle Banks Barfield, District 5; Shawn Jackson, District 3; William H. Banks Jr., District 2; Edward Herring, District 1; Jeffery P. Holland, District 4. (File photo by David Day)

The Warren County Board of Supervisors on Monday approved a resolution to protect county employees pay during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The special meeting was called as a result of supervisors receiving new federal guidelines that mandate certain private and public employers must pay employees for up to two weeks if they cannot work because of COVID-19.

Supervisors choose to adopt a resolution that gives county workers 100% of their pay if they are not working for one of several reasons. Covered under the guidelines is leave for actually contracting the virus, or caring for children due to their being ill, home because of school closures or for lack of child care due to the virus.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act is part of the recently expanded Family Leave Act and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act. It is effective April 1 through Dec. 31 of this year.

The action also includes county workers who may be teleworking during the crisis.

During earlier meetings, District 3 Supervisor Shawn Jackson expressed her objections to forcing workers to use their accrued sick and vacation leave. This measure resolves the need for such an action.

For additional information, see the flyer below.

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