Mask ordinance extended through April 15


The Kemper County board of supervisors has extended its county-wide mask mandate through April 5.

The mandate was first passed last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been extended each month by the board. This action came during the supervisors’ Monday meeting.

It requires that masks be worn in public. Anyone who violates the ordinance, upon conviction, could face a $500 fine and/or six months in jail.

The number of cases of COVID-19 in Kemper County has increased by 10 this past week, according to statistics provided by the Mississippi Department of Health website.

Kemper County has 891 reported cases as of Monday, an increase of 10 in the past week. The county has 22 reported deaths.

Mississippians are strongly encouraged to wear a mask, social distance, avoid large gatherings, and wash hands frequently. Vaccination is also encouraged for those who are eligible. Current eligibility includes Mississippi residents or those who work in Mississippi ages 65 and older, or those 16-64 with certain underlying conditions, healthcare personnel, and residents of long term care facilities.

The rate of the number of new cases has gone down across the state in recent weeks. According to health department numbers, there were 2,905 new cases in Mississippi in the past week.

There have been 290,874 cases reported in Mississippi since March 2020, and 6,553 reported deaths, an increase of 89 since last week.

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) advises Mississippians to please be patient in the coming days if there is a longer than usual wait time at our drive-through vaccination sites.

  Because of severe winter weather last week, MSDH has had to schedule more appointments than usual for this week (as make-up dates), in order to reduce delays in getting as many Mississippians vaccinated as possible.

Please arrive for your vaccination appointment 15 minutes early, and please keep to your assigned appointment time.

  Additionally, the MSDH Central Office in Jackson was closed on Tuesday due to lack of water. The MSDH Public Health Laboratory will remain OPEN for all services, including water testing and clinical testing. 

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