A message from Governor Reeves:
At the recommendation of our state’s health officials, I’m issuing an Executive Order for Mississippians to stay home and help us slow the spread of COVID-19.
Every day, for the last several weeks, I have asked our health experts whether it is time for the ultimate action of a “shelter in place” order statewide. Yesterday, for the first time, we got the answer we had been anticipating.
Here in the Hospitality State, Mississippians have been stepping up to help one another, and I’m grateful for everyone making adjustments to fight this virus and protect our state. Together, we must keep up these efforts.
This order builds on Mississippi’s efforts to protect public health and slow the spread. And this order will be enforced. Our goal is to prevent our health care system from being overwhelmed. We believe that this is the right tool at the right time to save lives.
This will not be forever. We will get through this storm together as a state, just as we have many times before.
Stay home, and stay healthy, Mississippi!
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Clinton Nature Center Update:
Clinton Nature Center Trails to remain open. Price Hall and the Play Forest are closed. The board of the Clinton Nature Center invite you to come walk their trails. They also invite you to leave a donation in the box right outside Price Hall or better yet, join the Nature Center!! The Nature Center depends on Memberships to keep the gates open. To join, Click here to join and for full details on membership.
Shelter-In-Place Order effective April 3, 2020 at 5:00 P.M. through April 20, 2020 at 8:00 A.M.
City of Clinton operations:
Police (patrol, records, 911), Fire and Public Works are considered essential personnel. Please call 911 for emergencies. 601-924-5252 for non-emergencies.
Police: Dispatch will be fully staffed. Patrol will maintain regular shift schedules. Administration and Investigations will provide additional manpower to patrol as necessary. Crimes will continue to be investigated by CPD.
Please note: Reports for petty crimes (stolen cell phones, etc…) will be taken over the phone and a case number assigned.
Fire: Maintaining shift schedule. Support absences with admin staff as needed.
Public Works: Water, Sewer and Street crews will be performing daily essential operations. Roads and potholes will continue to be repaired. Please call 601-924-2239 from 7am – 4pm and 601-924—5252 after hours to report an issue.
Community Development: All business will be handled over the phone at 601-924-2256. Critical inspections will continue.
All other departments will work from home.
What is Shelter-in Place?
- What you CAN do under a shelter-in-place order. You may leave your home:
- to perform acts necessary for your health and safety or the health and safety of family members (including pets) or other persons who are unable to or cannot leave their home
- to obtain food and necessary supplies or services for yourself, your family, or others who cannot leave their home
- to engage in individual outdoor activity
- to perform work supporting an Essential Business
- What you CANNOT DO under a shelter-in-place order:
- Fitness and exercise gyms, dance studios, clubs, tattoo parlors, spas, salons, barber shops, and other similar personal care and grooming facilities must close.
- You must stay home and may only leave for essential activities. (However, you may leave homes that are unsafe, for example, due to domestic violence or sanitation issues.)
- Individuals involved in Essential Travel must observe social distancing and COVID avoidance guidelines as specified by the CDC.
- Individuals using space outside their homes shall avoid gatherings of more than 10 people and shall maintain a six-foot separation from other persons when outside.
- Non-essential businesses shall cease except for minimum operations necessary to maintain the condition of facilities, inventory and equipment, to perform payroll and benefits functions, and to facilitate employees’ remote work.
- Essential Businesses as identified in Executive Order 1463 (as supplemented) are permitted to remain open to perform essential functions. In Clinton, essential retail will be defined as all supermarkets, food and beverage stores, food providers, convenience stores, pharmacies, hardware and building materials, gas stations. All other retail establishments are deemed non-essential.
- Restaurants may remain open only for delivery, drive-through and curbside service.
- Closes all swimming pools, parks, playgrounds, beaches and lakes. Walking trails remain open, but keep six-feet distance while walking.
- All public and private, social and non-essential gatherings in excess of 10 people shall be cancelled or rescheduled.
- All places of amusement and recreation, indoor and outdoor, including but not limited to amusement parks and rides, museums, swimming pools, playgrounds, children’s party and play facilities, parks (not including walking trails), movie theaters, bowling alleys and social clubs, shall be closed to the public.
IF YOU KNOW OF ELDERLY PEOPLE OR OTHERS THAT NEED HELP GETTING GROCERIES OR SUPPLIES, PLEASE DO NOT FORGET THEM. IF YOU NEED HELP GETTING THEM TAKEN CARE OF PLEASE CALL ME. WE CAN’T LET OUR MOST VULNERABLE SUFFER IN THIS TIME OF NEED.
PLEASE STAY SAFE AND CALL ME IF YOU NEED HELP
Clinton Soccer Association Update:
I hope that everyone is staying well and safe! When we initially postponed the Spring soccer season, we were all hoping it would only be for a couple of weeks. Obviously, the CDC along with local/state/national government officials have continued to push things back even further. At this point, we are simply following the leadership of those in authoritative positions.
However, we do want everyone to know that we are NOT canceling our Spring soccer season at this point. The CSA leadership understands that organized sports and outdoor activities will be a welcome addition to our lives when things finally return to normal.
We have been in discussions with Clinton Parks and Recreation, as well as the Clinton Baseball Association, and we plan to continue and/or start our season as soon as things pick back up and return to normal. The Spring season may become a “Summer Soccer League” but we are committed to working with our city and our baseball/softball counterparts to offer much needed recreation when the time is right to move forward.
In the event that the coronavirus prohibits us from kicking off even sometime this summer, we would then allow all Spring 2020 registrants the opportunity to register for the Fall 2020 season at no cost.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone on the soccer fields again!
Statement from MEC and MMA on shelter-in-place order:
“The Mississippi Economic Council and the Mississippi Manufacturing Association concur and appreciate Governor Tate Reeves’ decision today to issue a statewide stay-at-home order. This measure will help protect the health and safety of our citizens, while at the same time recognizing the vital role essential businesses provide by assuring delivery of necessary services,” Scott Waller, President and CEO of MEC, and John McKay, President and CEO, of MMA, said in a joint statement on Wednesday. “Our essential businesses will continue to provide important services, while implementing best practice guidance in health and safety to protect and inform their employees and customers throughout this dynamic situation. As new data becomes available, we will continue to provide resources in order for our businesses to operate safely and efficiently. We appreciate and salute front line healthcare providers. The business community will do our part in these difficult times.”
Mississipi COVID-19 Update: 136 new cases, two new deaths
This morning MSDH is reporting 136 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi identified by testing from the MSDH Public Health Laboratory and private testing providers. Two new deaths have also been confirmed, in Holmes and Humphreys counties. Jasper County is reporting its first coronavirus case. The state total of cases now stands at 1,073, with 22 deaths.
Hospitalization and death from COVID-19 infection is more likely if you have a long-term health problem like high blood pressure or diabetes. If you have a chronic condition, follow your doctor’s recommendations closely, and strictly follow health precautions of social distancing, isolation and hygiene.
More details of COVID-19 in the state, along with preventive steps to take against coronavirus, are online at http://HealthyMS.com/covid-19
The Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline is the best way to get your questions about COVID-19 answered. Call any time: 877-978-6453.
The latest state map shows Mississippi’s case total as reported at 6 p.m. last night.
UMMC PANDEMIC EXPERT: SOCIAL DISTANCING NOW WILL SAVE LIVES, LESSEN COVID-19 SPREAD
JACKSON, Miss. – Social distancing is the most important tool we have in slowing COVID-19 transmission, saving lives and saving resources, according to a University of Mississippi Medical Center emergency physician.
“The key is to minimize person-to-person transmission, especially among people who do not normally interact with each other,” said Dr. Richard Finley, professor of emergency medicine at UMMC, who has studied models of the factors influencing the course of pandemic illness.
“With several forecast models predicting that Mississippi will see a wave of infections peaking in the last two weeks of April and early May, the importance of social distancing now cannot be overstated,” said Dr. Charles O’Mara, UMMC associate vice chancellor for clinical affairs.
COVID-19 is a viral illness spread mainly by coughs and sneezes producing viral-laden air droplets that are inhaled or land on surfaces we touch and then convey to ourselves. Avoiding viral droplets in the air by social distancing, combined with frequent hand washing to prevent surface contact exposure, provides our best defense now against contracting the disease.
Social distancing currently means avoiding groups of more than 10 people and keeping a distance of six feet between individuals.
There is evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted in the absence of symptoms, making it critical for people to stay home whenever possible and to keep their distance from others during unavoidable outings. Wherever large crowds congregate, they create a dangerous situation.
“With frequent transmission between people, you will have a rapidly accumulating number of cases that appears as a sharp peak or spike in the number of infections,” said Finley, who also has a faculty appointment in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases. This high peak can overwhelm hospitals, health departments and other organizations responding to the pandemic and providing care that minimizes the death toll.
This is why doctors and scientists say we must “flatten the curve” to prevent the spike in COVID-19 infections and deaths. If the worst-case scenario peak looks like the Matterhorn, then the flattened curve is a rolling Appalachian plateau, with fewer deaths and infections over time.
And experience from other countries strongly suggests that the stringency of social distancing, especially when early in the process, correlates directly with its positive impact on reducing infection and death.
“The trade-off is that [with a flattened curve] the pandemic goes on for a longer period of time,” Finley said, but with relatively smaller numbers of people becoming infected and dying.
Finley says we avoid the high peak and curb COVID-19 spread through social distancing and good hygiene, particularly hand washing. These are our best options now, even with the anticipation that new treatments and vaccines for COVID-19 will become available over time to battle the pandemic.
It’s also important for medical and public health professionals to increase COVID-19 testing and contact tracing for known cases. Widespread rapid testing helps identify infected patients sooner and prevents them from spreading the infection to others. This will also allow epidemiologists to determine when the number of new cases per day begins to drop. Finley says we “need to be fairly far down the peak of infections” – perhaps at half the number of peak new cases – before social distancing measures can be safely relaxed to prevent a second outbreak.
That could take a month or more, Finley said, depending on how willing people are to adhere to social distancing rules and how well governments and society respond to and cope with COVID-19 and the environment surrounding it.
Mississippi may still have a good chance to prevent a high peak scenario, Finley said.
“The numbers of known cases in Mississippi are rising at about the same rate as the rest of the United States, but delayed by about 10 days,” he said, “but our social distancing efforts began around the same time as the rest of the country giving us a relative advantage.”
There’s still a lot we don’t know about COVID-19’s propensity to return in the future. Related coronavirus diseases such as sudden acute respiratory syndrome and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome had high mortality rates and little spread from asymptomatic carriers, allowing infected patients to be isolated more quickly and so the diseases didn’t spread to become pandemics. Neither is the case with COVID-19. COVID-19 is both more infectious and more deadly than seasonal influenza, but whether and how widely it will persist in the future is as yet unknown.
The current COVID-19 crisis won’t last forever, but in the meantime, governments and social networks need to keep the pressure on to maintain social distancing, Finley said.
“If you stop social distancing measures too early, you could see a rebound in the number of cases, and that risks overwhelming the health care system again,” he said.
Hinds CC promoting remote advising for summer and fall semesters
RAYMOND – Registration for classes at Hinds Community College for the summer and fall semesters begins on April 7 for currently enrolled students and April 13 for prospective students.
Classes, registration and advising have transitioned to online in response to the coronavirus global pandemic. Prospective students are being referred to https://www.hindscc.edu/enroll to apply, register, get tips on financial aid and more.
|Palazzo Urges Mississippians to Comply with Shelter-In-Place Order|
|Gulfport, MS – Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4) issued a statement urging Mississippians to comply with Governor Tate Reeves’ statewide shelter-in-place executive order. The shelter-in-place begins on Friday, April 3, 2020 and will be in effect through Monday, April 20, 2020.
“I am urging all Mississippians to remain at home while Mississippi continues fighting the outbreak of the coronavirus. We are all facing an invisible enemy and must do what we can to fight back, which in this case, means staying at home. Unless a trip is absolutely essential to an individual’s survival, rethink your decision to leave home. Your choice to comply with the shelter-in-place order will save lives.”