The Philadelphia-Neshoba Choctaw COVID-19 Task Force

Issues the following Press Release – May 11, 2020


The Philadelphia-Neshoba Choctaw COVID-19 Task Force, made up of the Chief Executives of the City, County, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians with the cooperation of officials from Neshoba General Hospital, Neshoba County Emergency Management, Public Safety and our state legislators strongly emphasize that:

Everyone please exercise all necessary actions and be diligent in adherence to the guidelines and recommendations put forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the MS Dept. of Health (MSDH) to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in our community.

Because all medical personnel will be operating at maximum capacity to treat COVID-19 in the coming weeks, all citizens need consider refraining from dangerous activities (ATV riding, boat riding, etc.) that could result in the need for emergency medical care.

We can’t over emphasize the seriousness of this pandemic. Please limit your outings to only those that are necessary and adhere to social distancing recommendations.  Please refrain from any casual outings and gatherings. Please stay at home and self-quarantine to the extent possible to prevent Covid-19 virus transmission. Your health and the safety and health of our fellow citizens and health care workers working tirelessly to contain this pandemic are paramount. 

The following updates were discussed by the Taskforce on Monday, 

May 11, 2020:

  • 584 new cases brings Mississippi’s total to 9,674

  • Neshoba County cases: 320……….15 Death…………28 LTC

  • 435 deaths: Adams (13), Alcorn,  Attala (4), Bolivar (9), Calhoun (4), Carroll (4), Chickasaw (10), Choctaw (2), Clarke (8), Clay (3), Coahoma (3), Copiah, Covington, Desoto (5), Forrest (21) , Franklin, George, Greene, Grenada (2), Hancock (10), Harrison (6), Hinds (15) , Holmes (19), Humphreys (4), Itawamba (7), Jackson (11), Jasper (2) , Jefferson Davis, Jones (5), Kemper (6), Lafayette (3), Lamar (4), Lauderdale (44), Leake (4), Lee (4), Leflore (18), Lincoln (14),  Lowndes (3),  Madison (12), Marion (7), Marshall (2),Monroe (21), Montgomery, Neshoba (15), Newton, Noxubee (2), Oktibbeha (4), Panola (2), Pearl River (24), Perry, Pike (10), Pontotoc (2), Prentiss (2), Rankin (6), Scott (6), Smith (6), Sunflower (3), Tallahatchie, Tippah (11), Tunica (2), Union (3), Warren (2), Washington (3), Webster, Wilkinson (9) and Yazoo (2)

Safer at Home continues until 8:00AM on May 25th, 2020

City of Philadelphia Curfew 9:00pm-6:00am extended till May 19, 2020

MSDH Guidance for Discontinuation of Isolation and Transmission-Based Precautions in Patients with COVID-19 May 7, 2020

Paycheck Protection

The application may be found here


 The Mississippi Department of Employment Security is allowing claims for benefits to be filed online. This is the link for registration with MDES or call 1-833-919-0334

The CDC now recommends wearing a mask while in public. Ask your employees to wear a mask while working. These masks may be made very simply. Please see the following link

  • Limit the number of people in your business at one time. Some businesses are using tape on the ground to guide people when standing in line prior to entering the business or waiting to checkout inside the business.

  • Depending on the type of business, consider offering curbside service or offering hours/service by appointment only.

  • Consider installing a protective guard/plexiglass in and around the checkout area to prevent close contact.

  • Provide hand sanitizer for employees and customers to use.

  • Sanitize the business premises frequently.

  • Limit or rotate number of employees working at one time, when possible.

  • Encourage customers to wear masks.

* The walking trail at Northside Park will be open from 6am-8pm Monday – Friday and closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Adherence to CDC and MS. Dept. of Health guidelines remain in place.

* All playgrounds (i.e. Imagination Fun Station, public basketball courts), ball fields and picnic areas shall remain closed.