Mask ordinance extended


The Kemper County board of supervisors voted Monday to extend the countywide requirement for people to wear masks through December 7.

This is part of the local effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Kemper County Schools are currently using virtual learning this week while buildings and buses are being deep cleaned in an effort to keep the dreaded disease from spreading.

According to the Mississippi State Department of Health, 326 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Mississippi along with 15 deaths during the previous week. As of November 1, the total of number of COVID-19 cases in the state for the year is now 120,865, with 3,348 deaths.

In Kemper County, there have been 326 cases reported and 15 deaths.
The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Mississippi State Department of Health continue to closely monitor the outbreak of respiratory illnesses caused by the novel (new) coronavirus COVID-19, and are working to limit the spread of cases nationally and in Mississippi.

Wearing cloth masks can help prevent people from being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and keeps it from spreading.

Make sure your cloth mask fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, completely covers the nose and mouth, is secured with ties or ear loops, includes multiple layers of fabric, allows for breathing without restriction, and can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape. Cloth masks should NOT be worn by children less than 2 years old or anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

People at risk for serious illness from COVID-19 are adults 65 and over, those who are obese, those with a chronic illness such as heart disease, diabetes or lung disease, and anyone receiving treatments which may compromise their immune system. These people should take precautions at all times to limit their exposure to others who may be ill.

-Stay home as much as possible

-If a household member has been away from home in a public place, keep a safe distance (6 feet or more) from them for 14 days. Keep more space (6 feet if possible) between you and others as you go through the day.

-If you do go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, and practice strong social distancing. Pay closer attention to hygiene and cleanliness.

-Wash your hands often, especially after being in public places.

-Isolation keeps someone who tested positive for COVID-19 away from others.

-You don't have to have symptoms to be isolated. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 should isolate themselves at home, away from others you may live with.

If you are sick, know or think you may have COVID-19, stay home until:
•At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms began, and
•It has been at least 24 hours since you last had a fever, without using fever-reducing medication such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil (ibuprofen), and
•Your symptoms have improved. 

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