Neshoba County has no new confirmed coronavirus cases as the social distancing Americans have been practicing for two weeks was extended to April 30. 

Neshoba County has four total positive cases of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, according to a daily report from the Mississippi State Department of Health released this morning.

Choctaw Health Center reported on positive case last week out of 25 tested, but the individual is apparently not a Neshoba County resident. Officials have not been specific. Out of the 25, four cases are pending, the Tribe said Sunday.

Statewide, there are 89 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing that total to 847 cases. The state is not giving out specifics about where they individuals had been or other information such as pre-existing conditions.

The death toll in the state also climbed to 16, with deaths in Amite, DeSoto, Hancock, Harrison, Holmes, Lee, Leflore, Perry, Rankin, Sunflower, Tippah (2), Tunica, Webster and Wilkinson (2).

Hinds and DeSoto counties lead the state with 74 and 77 cases respectively. Scott County has 9 cases, Leake County has 5 cases, and Winston County is reporting 6. Newton County has 2 confirmed cases. There is also 1 confirmed case in Kemper County. Here's a link to all of the Mississippi cases.

MSDH is no longer even reporting the total number of tests being taken in the state because some of them are being done privately. 

According to MSDH, 32 percent of the positive cases have required hospitalization.

President Trump signed a $2 trillion stimulus bill on Friday designed to provide relief for small businesses, individuals and large corporations. Details are expected to be explained in coming days.

The coronavirus outbreak is just getting started in Mississippi, warned State Health Official Dr. Thomas Dobbs during a press conference with Gov. Tate Reeves and others on Thursday.

Trump extending the social distancing recommendations likely means Mississippi schools will be closed until April 30 since Gov. Tate Reeves has followed the national recommendation put out by the CDC.

Reeves last week clarified an Essential Services Order that allows cities to enact restrictions that can’t be lesser than the state’s order, which keeps businesses open but recommends limiting public gatherings to 10 and only allowing essential services to operate.

Restaurants can remain open but inside dining is limited to the 10 including staff. Many restaurants are offering to-go and curbside service. Some retailers are closed to the public but are taking appointments. See the governor’s full order here and who qualifies for essential services: neshobademocrat.com/ftp/1463.pdf

Screenings will continue for those here who believe they have COVID-19 symptoms from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in Neshoba County.

Do not go to the ER or your doctor. Call (601) 663-1213 for a screening and if medical personnel believe you have the symptoms of COVID-19, you will be given a code and further instructions.

Pearl River Resort is closed. Some Philadelphia businesses remain open, but their front doors are locked and they are available by appointment only online and telephone. 

City, state, county and Tribal governments are closed to the public but available by telephone and electronically, although essential services continue like trash collection continue.

The Tribe has a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Philadelphia has a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Among other things, the governor has extended the deadline to file homestead until May 1 as well as extending the deadline for filing personal property renditions to May 1.

Gov. Reeves is waiving the one-week waiting period to receive unemployment benefits for all claims filed from March 8 to June 27 and suspending all work search requirements that normally must be met to receive benefits. Go to: mdes.ms.gov/unemployment-claims/.

Small business owners can begin the process immediately and apply for assistance by visiting sba.gov/disaster.

The state has rolled out a coronavirus hotline, which is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week at (877) 978-6453.

For more information, visit msdh.ms.gov or coronavirus.gov.