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.

 

 HOW DOES IT SPREAD?

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

 

 SYMPTOMS MAY INCLUDE 

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • 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 STATEWIDE SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER

From 5PM Friday, April 3 until 8AM Monday, April 20 all residents are to stay at home with limited allowances.

  • When outside of their homes, people must follow social distancing guidelines by maintaining a 6-foot distance from others and avoid groups of 10 or more.
  • Evictions are suspended, though people are still required to make mortgage payments or pay rent.
  • All nonessential businesses are to stop all activities other than those necessary for minimum operations (e.g. payroll, health insurance, security) and enabling employees to work from home.
  • Social and other non-essential gatherings in groups of more than 10 people must be cancelled or rescheduled.
  • Restaurants and bars may only remain open for drive-thru, curbside, and/or delivery service.
  • People may leave their homes only to perform essential activities, such as caring for someone in the vulnerable population, getting food or necessary supplies, and working for an essential business.
  • Individual outdoor recreation is encouraged, but not group recreation or activities such as soccer or basketball games.

Clarksdale has embraced the recommendations of state and national leaders and asks all residents to shelter at home if possible.  The city has also approved a city-wide curfew from 10PM to 5AM; emergency personnel and essential workers and exempt from the curfew.  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 

 

 

 EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

While school is out 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.