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Steele Bayou gates closed again; Highway 465 closure imminent

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The Steele Bayou Control Structure (photo from USACE)

The gates on the Steele Bayou Control Structure were closed at around 2:30 p.m. Monday, Drew Smith, chief of Water Management for the Vicksburg District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers confirmed to Vicksburg Daily News.

“River conditions are such that the gates needed to close,” Smith said.

The Mississippi River was at 46.69 feet as of 2 p.m. and is projected to crest at 49 feet on April 9.

In a related development, Bob Broadwater with the Mississippi Department of Transportation said MDOT will probably close State Highway 465 once again from Highway 61 to the intersection with the backwater levee within the next 48 hours. Water was already near the edge of the roadway, he said, adding that there is some undermining of the roadway just south of the old gin that will have to be addressed once the water recedes.

Currently, the Backwater is at 94.7 feet, and there are 427,000 total acres flooded including 154,000 acres of crop land, said Levee Board Chief Engineer Peter Nimrod in an email update this afternoon. The Backwater is predicted to crest between 95 feet and 95.5 feet by mid-April. At 95.5 feet there will be 454,000 total acres flooded including 172,000 acres of crop land.

Mississippi River predictions:

Flood Gage Current Stage Predicted Stage Crest & Date
Cairo (Ohio River) 40’ 52.6 Cresting near 52.6’
Memphis 34 35.3 36.5’ on 4/3/20
Helena 44’ 43.2’ 44.5 on 4/5/20
Arkansas City 37’ 39.5’ 42.0’ on 4/6/20
Greenville 48 50.6’ 53.5’ on 4/7/20
Vicksburg 43’ 46.7’ 49.0’ on 4/8/20
Natchez 48’ 53.9’ 56.0’ on 4/9/20

The National Weather Service unofficial forecast for the next 16 days matches up with the official forecast shown above, Nimrod said.

  • Arkansas City is slowly rising and could crest near 42’ in 7 days.
  • Greenville is slowly rising and could crest near 53.5’ in 9 days.
  • Vicksburg is slowly rising and could crest near 49.5’ in 10 days.

Nimrod also provided the following Backwater facts in his update:

  • The Backwater went 33 years (from 1984 until 2017) without ever being above 94 feet (over 400,000 acres flooded).
  • In the past three years, the Backwater has eclipsed 94 feet every year.
  • In 2018, it was above 94 feet for 14 days.
  • In 2019, it was above 94 feet for 147 days.
  • So far in 2020, it has been above 94 feet for 40 days and counting.

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Vicksburg entrepreneurs got the basics of business ownership at boot camp

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Kendra Reed and Willie Johnson were among the dozen entrepreneurs attending the Vicksburg Entrepreneur Boot Camp. (photos submitted)

Last week participants graduated from the first Vicksburg Entrepreneur Boot Camp where 12 individuals received information to start or expand their own businesses.

Myra Harris, who recently started a company making masks, joined the boot camp shortly after her grandchildren informed her of the opportunity.

“They provided all the resources you would need to start your business, and they also made themselves available after class just in case you had any questions,” Harris said.

Vicksburg Entrepreneur Boot Camp participants. Top L to R: Marcus Dufour (Vicksburg Warren Partnership), Tim Sanford, Cathy Sanford, Olivia Foshee, Amy Warren, Patricia Anderson, Willie Johnson, Myra Harris, Ginger Donahue (Regions Bank) and Pablo Diaz (Vicksburg Warren Partnership). Bottom L to R: Gwen Green, Kendra Reed, Rob Burnham (Instructor), De’Jonae Curtis and Anthony Curtis. Not pictured William Wooten. (photo courtesy Vicksburg Chamber of Commerce)

Retired businessman Rob Burnham facilitated the class and helped the participants plan out their businesses, assisting with marketing, accounting and distribution. Marcus Dufour and Pablo Diaz from the Vicksburg Chamber of Commerce hosted the class, bringing in successful entrepreneurs as speakers including Kevin Roberts who owns Fit Chef Catering in Vicksburg.

“Every speaker gave us the opportunity to ask questions, and it definitely gave me the information I need to open a business, and I would recommend the class 100%,” said participant Willie Johnson.

Johnson was born and raised in Vicksburg. He’s now retired from the military and looking to launch a consulting business, which is what led him to attending the boot camp.

By having capable individuals at the boot camp such as James Harper from the Small Business Development Center at Hinds Community College, the participants were able to learn about available grants and other resources for entrepreneurs.

Starting a business can be stressful for first time entrepreneurs, but the boot camp provided planning advice to the participants, breaking down the information that participants need to launch their businesses.

“In the business process of starting and running a business, owners get very busy running the day-to-day aspects,” said boot camp participant Kendra Reed. “Entrepreneurship Bootcamp gave me the chance to step back and plan through the whole process to prepare my new company to be successful.”

Reed is the owner of Delta Dirt Shirt, and she was proud to be a graduating member of the camp.

Now that the camp has ended, the participants are in competition for a $1,000 seed grant for the best business plan presentation. A winner will be announced Dec. 8.

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Vicksburg Warren School District reports 14 new COVID-19 cases and 46 quarantined

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The Vicksburg Warren School District reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 last week (Nov. 16 through Nov. 20) among students and staff, and 46 individuals newly quarantined due to possible exposure in the same time period.

Cases and quarantines in individual schools:

Beechwood Elementary School 

  • 1 new positive case – staff
  • 1 new positive case – student
  • 6 quarantined – students

Dana Road Elementary

  • 1 new positive case – staff
  • 1 new positive case – student
  • 1 quarantined – staff

Sherman Avenue Elementary

  • 1 new positive case – student
  • 5 quarantined – students

South Park Elementary

  • 1 new positive case – student
  • 8 quarantined – students

Vicksburg High School

  • 3 new positive cases – students

Vicksburg Intermediate School

  • 1 new case – student
  • 8 quarantined – students

Vicksburg Junior High School

  • 2 new cases – staff
  • 2 quarantined – staff

Warren Central Intermediate School

  • 2 new cases – staff
  • 5 quarantined – staff
  • 16 quarantined – students
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U.S. tops 13 million cumulative COVID-19 cases Saturday

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The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in the United States officially went over 13 million as of Saturday morning, with more than 205,000 new cases reported Friday and 1,412 deaths. Hospitalizations continue to climb, with nearly 90,000 patients straining the health care system to the breaking point in many areas.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported another day of more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, the 14th time this month. The cumulative number of cases in the state is just under 150,000.

In Warren County, MSDH reported 15 new COVID-19 case Saturday and no new deaths. The cumulative number of cases in Warren County to date is 1,768, and the county’s death toll is 57. Although the county continues to have almost no deaths reported this month, its 14-day average of new cases has risen from about five cases per day at the beginning of the month to 8.5 cases. The seven-day average is 8.7.

Statewide, MSDH reported 1,553 new COVID-19 cases Saturday bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 149,940. The seven-day average of new cases is 1,077 per day, about 292 cases higher than the seven-day average a month ago, when the state’s numbers were already on the rise. The current averages are on par with numbers seen in July.

At the beginning of the crises, the age group with the most COVID-19 cases were those over 65. Now, most new cases are seen in younger people who are more likely to survive the virus than those 65 and older. In September, the age group reporting the most cases in Mississippi were 18 to 24 years old. That has shifted to a slightly older group. In November, the age group reporting the most cases in Mississippi are from 25 to 39 years old followed by those 50 to 64 years old.

MSDH reported Saturday that 10 more Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide. The cumulative number of deaths in the state is 3,779. The state’s rate of deaths to confirmed cases is about 2.5%. This rate has dropped as the number of cases are going up faster than the number of deaths at this time.

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 in Mississippi was 67 reported Aug. 25.

The 10 deaths MSDH reported Saturday occurred between Nov. 22 and Nov. 27 in the following counties:

County Deaths reported Saturday
Benton 1
Covington 1
Hinds 1
Itawamba 1
Lafayette 2
Lauderdale 2
Leake 1
Rankin 1

New cases and deaths were reported to MSDH as of 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27. 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 tripled by late July.

Hospitalizations then steadily dropped through Oct. 3 when they began rising again along with increased cases. The last week in October, hospitalizations began levelling off; however, since Nov. 4 hospitals have seen a steady rise in COVID-19 patients once again.

The number of Mississippians hospitalized for the virus as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, was 1,039, about 87% of the late July peak of about 1,200. The number includes 942 with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 97 people with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 245 were critically ill and in intensive care units and 113 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 121,637 through Sunday, Nov. 22. It represents about 81.1% of the cumulative 149,940 cases reported as of Saturday, Nov. 28.

The number of cases in Warren County three weeks ago, Saturday, Nov. 7, was 1,614, therefore the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county is 1,557, or about 88.1% of the 1,768 cumulative cases reported as of Saturday, Nov. 28. The county has an estimated 154 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 Saturday, Nov. 21, is 1,237,802 or about 41.6% of the state’s 2.976 million residents. MSDH reports statewide test results once a week. Without daily updated numbers of tests, it is impossible to accurately calculate Mississippi’s positivity rate (positive results to tests, seven-day average); however, the estimated rate was 16.5% Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University. The national rate is 9.4%, and 5% or lower indicates adequate testing.

The total number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities was 203 Saturday, an increase of 10 since Friday. About 38%, or 1,436, of the state’s total deaths were people in long-term care facilities. The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in LTC facilities is 7,586, about 5.1% of the state’s total cases.

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 by provider here. The latest data available is for the week ending Nov. 15.

For additional information, visit the MSDH website.

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