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

 

 

MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR TATE REEVES mask mandate expired at 5PM September 30th although he expects most residents to continue wearing them to curb the spread of COVID-19.  The city of Clarksdale has extended its mask mandate through October 26.  Face coverings are required inside all school buildings and classrooms statewide.

 

  • When outside of their homes, residents are advised to follow social distancing guidelines by maintaining a 6-foot distance from others.
  • Social gatherings where social distancing is NOT possible are limited to 20 people inside and 100 people outside. 

  • Restaurants can open indoor dining rooms and outdoor seating areas at no more than 75% capacity with no more than ten customers per table in addition to drive-thru, curbside, and/or delivery service.

  • Football stadiums and outdoor venues are limited to 50% capacity.  Indoor areans are limited to 25% capacity.  Tailgating is not allowed, masks must be worn as fans enter and move throughout the stadium and fans must remain six feet apart from anyone outside of their household.  Individuals allowed on the sidelines are limited to those essential for the game.  Concession stands are open though grab-n-go food and drink options are strongly encouraged and transactions should be contactless and touchless, such as mobile ticketing and cashless concessions.

  • 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.

 

Click here to view the latest EXECUTIVE ORDER from Governor Reeves.

 

Clarksdale and Coahoma County have embraced the recommendations of state and national leaders and have made free face masks and hand sanitizer available to every household.  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.

 

WANT MORE INFORMATION?  Call the Mssissippi State Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline available 24/7 (877) 978-6453 or click

 

 

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

The Mississippi Department of Education wants to make sure students continue to learn and has compiled a host of learning-at-home resources for students from pre-K through grade 12 to support virtual student learning.  The MDE learning-at-home webpages are updated periodically.

 

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