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Warren County proclamation requiring masks – full text



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WHEREAS, pursuant to §33-15-17 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended, the Warren County Board of Supervisors, (“County”), is authorized to proclaim that a Civil Emergency exists defined as any natural disaster or man-made calamity resulting in the death or injury of persons to such an extent that extraordinary measures must be taken to protect the public health, safety and welfare; and

WHEREAS, §33-15-17 authorizes the County to control or restrict egress, ingress and movement within Warren County, outside the City limits of Vicksburg, necessary to facilitate the protection of life and property; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to these laws, the County is authorized to issue such orders as deemed necessary to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Warren County, outside the City limits of Vicksburg, Mississippi; and

WHEREAS, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) that has spread across this nation is a worldwide pandemic and as of July 19, 2020, the Mississippi Department of Health has reported 690 positive confirmed cases and 22 deaths in Warren County, including Vicksburg; and

WHEREAS, previous emergency orders of the State and County have required that persons stay at home and that certain businesses be closed in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic remains an emergency in Warren County with continuing rise in the number of confirmed cases and deaths in Warren County, and it is necessary for County to safely open businesses and allow citizens to safely return to work in the midst of the pandemic.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AND ORDERED BY THE WARREN COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, pursuant to §33-15-17 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, and such other powers as the County may have, the County finds the COVID-19 pandemic remains an emergency in Warren County with continuing rise in the number of confirmed cases and deaths in Warren County, and it is necessary for the County to safely open businesses and allow citizens to safely return to work in the midst of the pandemic, and hereby resolves and orders the following regulations apply to Warren County, outside the City limits of Vicksburg:

  1. FOR ALL BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS, whether for profit or nonprofit, which sell items or services to the public, or which offer services to the public of whatever nature, including government and charitable services, (collectively hereinafter “Businesses”), the business owner, operator, director, supervisor, or manager, (collectively hereinafter “Employers”), whether operating indoors or outdoors, shall adopt and enforce the following measures:
    1. Employers, employees, and volunteer workers, shall wear a face covering or mask, covering the mouth and nose, and shall be required to wear a face covering or mask while on duty or in close proximity to others, and such face covering or mask shall be cleaned or replaced at least daily.
    2. Any person entering the business facilities or premises shall wear a face covering or mask, covering nose and mouth, while inside the business facilities, or when in close proximity to others on the business premises.
    3. Hand sanitizer shall be made available to all employees and shall be made available to all other persons at points of entry and exit, in or near the bathrooms, and at the cashier or payment stations.
    4. Make all reasonable efforts to maintain 6 feet separation between all persons within the business facilities and premises at all times, including 6 feet separation while waiting in cashier or payment lines.
    5. Carts and baskets and all other surfaces that are routinely contacted by customers during the course of providing services shall be sanitized after each use. All other high-touch areas, including all door handles, shall be sanitized once every two hours at a minimum.
    6. Businesses shall post a sign notifying all persons that a face covering or mask is required prior to entering the business facilities or premises.
    7. Gas stations shall post a sign notifying all persons to maintain social distancing and to wear a mask while pumping gas when in close proximity to others while doing so.
  1. ALL BUSINESSES shall screen employers, employees, and volunteers before each shift by asking:
    1. Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
    2. Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat?
    3. Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?
    4. Have you had a new loss ohaste or smell?
    5. Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?
  1. EXCEPTIONS TO THE FACE COVERING REQUIREMENTS: Face coverings do not apply to the following:
    1. Any individual who will not come in contact with any other individual (outside of their immediate household members) or who will be able to maintain strict social distancing of six (6) feet apart from any other individual (outside of immediate household);
    2. Any child under the age of eight; however, all children between the ages of two and seven years old are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering or mask;
    3. Any individual with a medical condition that prevents the wearing of a face covering or mask;
    4. Any individual who is consuming food or drinks;
    5. Any individual seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing impaired;
    6. Any individual temporarily removing his or her face covering or mask for identification purposes.
  2. ANY BUSINESS THAT SELLS ALCOHOL OR ALLOWS ALCOHOL FOR ON-PREMISES CONSUMPTION, other than those under the jurisdiction of the MS Gaming Commission, shall close by midnight each night. This includes restaurants, bars, BYOB, or other entertainment venues that sell or allow consumption of alcohol on the premises.


SO RESOLVED this the 20th day of July 2020.


Jeff Holland, President


Chancery Clerk



New COVID-19 cases in MS top 1,000 Thursday for the first time in nearly two months



New COVID-19 cases reported in Mississippi topped 1,000 for the first time in nearly two months. The last time the state reported more than 1,000 cases on any one day was Aug. 19. As new cases rise, so do hospitalizations, and both have been rising steadily since the beginning of October.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported five new COVID-19 cases Thursday in Warren County and no new deaths. The cumulative number of cases in Warren County to date is 1,486, and the county’s death toll is 54.

Statewide, MSDH reported 1,322 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 108,139. The seven-day average of new cases is 760, higher by 311 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 Thursday that 12 additional Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide. The cumulative number of deaths in the state is 3,152. The state’s rate of deaths to confirmed cases is about 2.9%.

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.

Of the 12 deaths MSDH reported Thursday, 11 occurred between Oct. 3 and Oct. 14 in the following counties:

County Deaths reported Thursday
Forrest 1
Hinds 2
Jackson 1
Lee 1
Marshall 1
Neshoba 1
Perry 1
Tippah 1
Union 1
Washington 1

One additional COVID-19 related death occurred in Washington County Aug. 23 and was identified from a death certificate report.

New cases and deaths were reported to MSDH as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14. 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 continued to drop through Oct. 3; however, hospitalizations have been showing a definite rise since then.

The number of Mississippians hospitalized for the virus as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, is 633, about half of the late July peak of more than 1,200. The number includes 500 with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 133 people with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 143 were critically ill and in intensive care units and 72 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 94,165 through Sunday, Oct. 11. This figure is updated weekly. It represents about 87.1% of the cumulative 108,139 cases reported Thursday, Oct. 15.

The number of cases in Warren County three weeks ago, Thursday, Sept. 24, was 1,402, therefore the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county is 1,348, or about 90.7% of the 1,486 cumulative cases reported as of Thursday, Oct. 15. The county has an estimated 84 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 Sunday, Oct. 3 (the latest date available from MSDH), is 863,957 or about 29% of the state’s 2.976 million residents. The positivity rate (positive results to tests, seven-day average) was 6.3% Sunday according to Johns Hopkins University. The national rate is 5.1%, and 5% or lower indicates adequate testing.

The total number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities is 128 Thursday. About 40.4%, or 1,273, of the state’s total deaths were people in long-term care facilities.

A total of 25 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 Sept. 27.

For additional information, visit the MSDH website.

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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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