Two more individuals advanced to testing for the coronavirus out of 16 screened in Neshoba County on Monday, officials said. So, far 34 out of more than 100 screened have been tested by Neshoba General with 13 negative. No one has tested positive so far.

Statewide, the total number infected is up to 249 with one death on the Coast.

The bulk of the confirmed cases are still in Hinds County (24), DeSoto County (23) and Harrison County (21). Cases have been confirmed in Leake and Scott counties and two have tested positive in Winston County. See a complete list here.

 

The MSDH has not updated its demographic, hospitalization rate or testing information. It also had not updated its total number of individuals tested, but had tested 1,392 Mississippians as of 6 p.m. Saturday evening.

According to the information published Monday morning, just 24 percent of the patients with confirmed cases required hospitalization. The majority — 67 percent — had either recovered or were attempting to do so at home in isolation.

According to the latest numbers, age doesn’t appear to be playing a role in the spread of the disease. As of Friday, there were 24 confirmed cases in individuals in the 18-29 age range, 27 in the 40-49 age range and 26 in both the 60-69 range and 70-plus demographic.

Prior to Wednesday’s tele-mobile operation, Neshoba General had tested 17 for the virus and six had come back negative. The other results are pending as are those today.

Local Screenings will continue Tuesday, March 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for those who believe they have symptoms. Do not go to the ER or your doctor, officials said.

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.

Schools are shuttered until at least April 17. Restaurants and bars statewide were advised late last week to forego dining room service for to-go or curbside service. There is no plan for a national order to shut down commerce, officials have said.

Pearl River Resort closed Thursday along with Tribal government. Some Philadelphia businesses remain open, but their front doors are locked and they are available by appointment only.

COURTHOUSE, CITY HALL CLOSED

The Neshoba County Courthouse was closed on Monday, according to Tax Assessor/Collector Mike Lewis. Philadelphia City Hall is closed but available by telephone, (601) 656-0669. The supervisors issued a statement.

“We will still process all payments received online as well as through the postal service, however we will be unable to process renewals in person,” Lewis said.

The governor has extended the deadline to file homestead until May the 1st as well as extending the deadline for filing personal property renditions to May 1st.

“If you need to file homestead I’m asking that you call the office at 601-656-4541 and I will process your request over the phone so that once we are back open all you will need to do is come by and sign the application. Also, if you purchase a new vehicle we will have to schedule a time for you to come into the office and process this transaction.”

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

Governor 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.