223 cases of coronavirus reported in Kemper Co.


 Kemper County’s numbers of infections from the Coronavirus Pandemic increased by 14 in the past week.

As of Monday, the Mississippi Department of Health reported that there are 223 cases in Kemper. The number of deaths from the dread disease remains at 15.

The state has seen a continued increase in infections and deaths. As of Monday, there are 61,225 infections, an increase of 8,168 since last week. There have been an additional 210 additional deaths statewide since last week. That means 1,701 people have died from COVID-19 in Mississippi.

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.


Health Department updates

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. MSDH is actively working with doctors and hospitals to quickly identify cases and respond effectively to limit this outbreak.

If you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, or if you may be ill with COVID-19, you will be asked to quarantine or isolate yourself.

Quarantine and isolation are important disease control steps to limit the spread of COVID-19.

 Quarantine keeps you away from others if you may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Close contact with someone who has COVID-19 indicates the need for quarantine at home. If you have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19:

  Stay home until 14 days after your last contact.

  Check your temperature twice a day, and watch for symptoms of COVID-19.

• Stay away as much as possible from those who could become very ill from COVID-19, such as older adults or those in poor health.

• Consider getting testing for COVID-19, even if you do not have symptoms. Contact a testing provider near you, and let them know that you have been exposed.

Find a local COVID-19 testing provider


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 14 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.

If you tested positive for COVID-19 but do not have symptoms:

• Stay home until after 14 days have passed since your positive test.

  Isolation includes staying away from others in your home.

• If you live with others, stay in a specific room or area reserved just for you. Stay away from other people or animals, including pets. Use a separate bathroom if available.


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