Mask ordinance extended
Compiled by Steve Swogetinsky
The Kemper County Messenger
The Kemper County board of supervisors voted in their October 5 meeting to extend the countywide requirement for people to wear masks.
The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting 713 more cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, 14 deaths, and 128 ongoing outbreaks in long-term care facilities as of October 12. The total of nu,ber of Covid-19 cases for the year is now 105,941 statewide, with 3,115 deaths.
In Kemper County, there have 309 cases reports 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 infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 from spreading the virus.
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.