COVID-19 cases climb to 251 in Kemper, state up to 72K


From special reports

Kemper County’s number of infections from the Coronavirus Pandemic increased by 17 in the past week.

As of Monday, the Mississippi Department of Health reported that there are 251 cases in Kemper. The number of deaths from the dread disease stands at 14.

The state has seen a continued increase in infections and deaths, though the rate has slowed some. As of Monday, there are 72,412 infections, an increase of 5,763 since last week. There have been 183 additional deaths statewide since last week. That means 2,095 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

This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the transmission and severity of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available. Please check the CDC COVID-19 website periodically for updated interim guidance.

Health officials are currently taking steps to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19 into US communities. Schools play an important role in this effort. Through collaboration and coordination with local health departments, schools should take steps to disseminate information about the disease and its potential transmission within their school community. Schools should prepare to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among their students and staff should local health officials identify such a need.

Schools should continue to collaborate, share information, and review plans with local health officials to help protect the whole school community, including those with special health needs. School plans should be designed to complement other community mitigation strategies to protect high risk populations and the healthcare system, and minimize disruption to teaching and learning and protect students and staff from social stigma and discrimination. Plans should build on everyday practices (e.g., encouraging hand hygiene, monitoring absenteeism, communicating routinely) that include strategies for before, during, and after a possible outbreak.

Nursing homes

Visitation to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities remains highly restricted in order to protect residents.

- Discontinue group social activities and group visits to help prevent possible disease transmission;

-Post signs that discourage all nonessential visitation and discourage ill visitors from entering the facility;

-Keep all ill visitors away from the facility for at least 48 hours after symptoms resolve;

-Only allow visitors for residents receiving end-of-life care or to provide critical assistance;

-Facilities may permit other visitation if they observe conditions that their supervising health professional considers safe; -Electronic visits are to be encouraged.

-Permitted visitors should only visit their family members and should not have contact with other residents;

-Permitted visitors should cover their coughs and be educated on the importance of hand hygiene;

-Make sure the facility has plenty of hand washing products and that essential visitors have access to them.

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