Dianne Coward Cumberland got her garden planted last week as Neshoba countians voluntarily quarantined in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, the city and Tribe have ordered curfews and reduced public access to buildings along with Neshoba County, which suspended garbage pickup until April. Pearl River Resort is shut down.

Two more Neshoba countians on Monday advanced to testing for the coronavirus out of 16, as screening continues.
Neshoba General has screened 108 people, 34 have advanced to testing, 21 of the tests are still out while 13 have come back negative.

Flower boxes and patio pots all have new flowers, said Cumberland of the Bond community. “Watching a lot of TV, putting puzzles together, and doing a whole lot of cooking!” she said.

Like a lot of people, Cumberland has missed being in church on Sundays, but “doing our best to comply with request for social distancing. God bless all and never forget that prayer is powerful!”
President Trump said on Tuesday he hopes the country can re-open by Easter Sunday, April 12. 

The U.S. is now more than a week into an unprecedented 15-day effort that runs until Monday to encourage all Americans to drastically scale back their public activities .


Trump has said he is looking toward easing the advisories that have sidelined workers, shuttered schools and led to a widespread economic slowdown.

If you suspect you have the coronavirus, do not go to an ER or your doctor, officials said. Call (601) 663-1213 for a screening.

Statewide, the total number infected was up to 320 by Tuesday with one death on the Coast last week.
The bulk of the confirmed cases are still in Hinds County (31), DeSoto County (29) and Harrison County (24). Two cases have been confirmed in Leake, Winston and Scott counties.

MSDH said in a release Monday that it will soon no longer provide statistics on COVID-19 county-by-county, instead opting for an aggregate state total.

Grocery shelves have been bare at times, but no serious shortages have been reported in Neshoba County. 
Some local merchants have closed their storefronts but are offering free delivery. City, county and Tribal governments are urging residents to stay home and practice social distancing.

The MSDH reported that as of Monday, 71 percent of reported cases required no hospitalization, while 27 percent did. Two percent is unknown at this time. 

MSDH reported 1,872 tests had been completed at the public lab only and they would no longer provide test numbers from private labs. Positive cases from private labs will be reported.

Local screenings will continue Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice for those who believe they have symptoms. 

If you think you have symptoms, do not go to an 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.
Schools are shuttered until at least April 17. Restaurants and bars statewide were advised late last week to forego dining room service and provide delivery or curbside service. There is no plan for a national shelter-in-place order, President Trump has said repeatedly.

Pearl River Resort closed Thursday along with Tribal government. The Tribe has enacted a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Philadelphia aldermen on Tuesday met and agreed on a 9p.m.-6 a.m. curfew for the next two weeks.
Philadelphia City Hall is closed but available by telephone, (601) 656-0669.
County garbage pickup was suspended on Monday and the Neshoba County Courthouse was closed until April 7. (See story, page 12A.)

“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,” said Tax Assessor/Collector Mike Lewis.

Recreation programs are still delayed at Northside Park until further notice.
Around the state, some cities such as Oxford had enacted a ban on dine-in restaurants and officials closed bars. In Tupelo, the mayor enacted an order for residents to shelter in place.

Philadelphia-area churches reporting livestream services until further notice are: First United Methodist, First Baptist, Sandtown United Methodist, First Pentecostal Church, Christian Life Tabernacle and Trinity Baptist.

As of Tuesday, 400,000 people worldwide had been infected, with 103,000 total recoveries. Nearly 50,000 were infected in the U.S., with a third of those in New York City. The U.S. death toll had risen to 588 by Tuesday.
For more information, visit msdh.ms.gov or coronavirus.gov.