COVID-19 Updates and information

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.



  • Person to person contact
  • Respiratory droplets from infected individuals
  • Contaminated surfaces



  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat



  • Avoid close contact (social distancing)
  • Stay home if you develop sickness
  • Disinfect frequently
  • Listen to the experts



 MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR REEVES has ordered people in 23 counties with high levels of transmission to wear masks in public, including outdoor settings where it’s not possible to remain at least 6 feet apart.  Indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people and those outdoors are limited to 20.  This does not apply to religious entities, students in classrooms or gatherings in facilities governed by other capacity limitations.


BEGINNING AUGUST 4th Governor Reeves has mandated that masks be worn in public areas statewide,


  • 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 with no more than six customers per table in addition to drive-thru, curbside, and/or delivery service.
  • Sale of alcohol in bars is allowed only to seated patrons and restaurants and bars shall not seel alcohol between the hours of 11PM. and 7AM.  

  • Restaurants and bars can have live music with a minimum of 12 feet of separation between the musicians and customers and cap customer capacity at 50%.
  • Ballparks, movie theaters, libraries and museums may open under protocols to limit the spread of COVID-19.

  • Gyms and fitness centers may operate at 50% customer capacity and arenas can host events with no greater than 25% capacity. Playgrounds, waterparks and racetracks may also open.

  • 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.
  • Casinos can open with restrictions including restricting the number of players at table games and screening patrons upon entry. All patrons are required to wear masks.
  • The elderly (over 65) and people with underlying health conditions are encouraged to remain at home as much as possible.
  • Anyone in Mississippi diagnosed with COVID-19 to isolate at home for 14 days to help control the increasing spread of COVID-19 across Mississippi.  The 14-day isolation order begins at the date of illness or positive diagnosis.


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.




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.