The MS Department of Health has worked closely with the CDC to help detect, contain, and limit the spread of cases in the U.S. and Mississippi.
There have been 21 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi and over 389 individuals tested as of March 17. Cases have been reported in Copiah, Forest, Hancock, Harrison, Hinds, Jackson, Leflore, Monroe, and Pearl River counties.
People at risk for serious illness from COVID-19 are older adults and those with a chronic illness such as heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease. These people should take simple precautions to limit their exposure to others who may be ill.
The MSDH instructed that preventive measures against COVID-19 are the same as those for other respiratory viruses like the flu. Additional recommendations have been given to help decrease chances of contracting and spreading the virus which include:
Avoiding social gatherings where 10 people or more would come into close contact. This does not apply to schools or businesses, which should make their own decisions to limit activities or attendance.
To prevent illness in those most vulnerable, anyone 65 or older OR with a chronic medical condition should avoid all social gatherings.
Avoid unnecessary (non-urgent) air, bus or train travel.
Limit visitation to older relatives or friends, especially in nursing or care homes. Prepare for the possibility that schools or day care centers may temporarily close.
The Mississippi State Department of Health is now operating a hotline to provide answers to coronavirus questions by phone. The Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline is open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 877-978-6453.