Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans, so keep in mind that information is constantly evolving.
COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 12, 2020.
A pandemic is a global outbreak of a disease.
HOW DOES IT SPREAD?
- Person to person contact
- Respiratory droplets from infected individuals
- Contaminated surfaces
SYMPTOMS MAY INCLUDE
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
PREVENTATIVE MEASURES YOU CAN TAKE
- WASH YOUR HANDS
- Avoid close contact (social distancing)
- Stay home if you develop sickness
- Disinfect frequently
- Listen to the experts
PRESIDENT TRUMP'S GUIDELINES TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS
- Americans should stop unnecessary travel
- Bars, restaurants, etc should be avoided
- Groups of more than 10 people should be avoided
MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR REEVES HAS ISSUED A "SAFE RETURN" ORDER EFFECTIVE FROM JUNE 1st TO 15th ALLOWING ALL BUSINESSES TO REOPEN WITH CERTAIN RESTICTIONS.
- When outside of their homes, residents are advised to follow social distancing guidelines by maintaining a 6-foot distance from others.
- Restaurants can open indoor dining rooms and outdoor seating areas at no more than 50% capacity and no more than six customers per table in addition to drive-thru, curbside, and/or delivery service.
- Restaurants and bars can have live music with a minimum of 12 feet of separation between the musicians and customers.
Ballparks, movie theaters, libraries and museums may open on June 1st under protocols to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Lakes and beaches are open for fishing and relaxing as long as proper social distancing is maintained.
All travel can resume but non-essential travel should be minimized.
- Schools can reopen for summer programs and special education evaluations; healthcare facilities can perform elective surgeries.
- BEGINNING THURSDAY MAY 21st casinos may reopen with restrictions including restricting the number of players at table games and screening patrons upon entry.
- BEGINNING MONDAY JUNE 1st high schools may begin practices, workouts, weightlifting, conditioning and rehearsals for student-athletes and fine arts participants although competition is cancelled until school resumes in the fall. Playgrounds, waterparks and racetracks may also open on June 1st.
- The SEC has announced that voluntary workouts can begin on June 8th.
- The elderly (over 65) and people with underlying health conditions are encouraged to remain at home as much as possible as Mississippi's "safer at home" order is extended to June 1st.
Clarksdale and Coahoma County have embraced the recommendations of state and national leaders and four free face masks have been mailed to every household in the city. THROUGH THE END OF 2020 public meetings of the Clarksdale city commissioners will be held at the Civic Auditorium, 506 Third Street to allow for proper social distancing. For more information call the Clarksdale city INFO line at (662) 645-4636.
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Mississippi State Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline is now available 24/7 (877) 978-6453
Schools will remain closed through the spring semester but the Mississippi Department of Education wants to make sure students continue to learn. MDE has compiled a host of learning-at-home resources for students from pre-K through grade 12 to support student learning during the extended school closure. The MDE learning-at-home webpages will be updated periodically.