Philadelphia schools report COVID case

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Philadelphia Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Lisa Hull announced on Friday that one positive case of COVID-19 has been reported in the district and they were following their “Safe Return” protocol. 

Repeated attempts on Tuesday to contact Hull to determine if there were more positive cases or how many children were quarantined was unsuccessful. 

Meanwhile, Neshoba Central High School is transitioning to a hybrid schedule in continued efforts to battle COVID. (See page 1A.)

Neshoba County’s COVID-19 infection rate continues to increase, according to data published by The New York Times.

Last week, Neshoba County had an infection rate of 4,592 per 100,000 residents. This week, that infection rate rose to 4,818 per 100,000 residents.

Mississippi had its highest daily case numbers peak over 1,600 near the end of July.

In Neshoba County, 67 cases have been identified in the last week, bringing the total here to 1,404.

On Tuesday, the Mississippi State Department of Health announced only 801 new cases of COVID-19, along with 67 new deaths.

In total, 78,405 Mississippians have either been confirmed or presumed to have COVID-19, with 2,248 total deaths. The state’s total cases have risen by 5,200 in the last week and the death total has climbed 120.

The state remains under a mandatory mask order issued by Gov. Tate Reeves two weeks ago in the latest attempt to slow the spread of the virus. The order is set to expire on Aug. 31.

Mississippians are also under a statewide public health order that requires anyone who has tested positive and not in the hospital to isolate immediately or face fines or possible jail time.

Failure to comply can result in a minimum misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $500 or six months imprisonment or both. When a life-threatening disease is involved, failure to obey is a felony, punishable by a fine up to $5,000 or five years imprisonment or both.

As of Tuesday, the state reported 99 COVID-related deaths in Neshoba County, up three from 96 last week. There have been 109 cases in long-term care facilities and 33 deaths.

The MSDH is reporting statewide that hospitalizations have declined from 929 to 758 since last week, with ICU patients down from 284 to 237. Ventilator usage dropped from 163 to 127.

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians has reported a total of 1,077 positive cases among Tribal members, with nearly half of those coming from the Pearl River community.

The Tribe only saw an increase of 15 positive cases within the last week. The Tribe has tested 4,070 members, with 2,908 negative results. Of the positive cases, 993 have recovered, 77 have died and three are still hospitalized.

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and Choctaw Health Center up with the Mississippi State Department of Health over the weekend to provide free COVID-19 testing to Choctaw and surrounding residents.

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs on Tuesday applauded the Tribe for the parntnership and said the testing event was very successful. 

Dobbs said they conducted a total of 926 tests to members of the Tribe and residents of the community. Of those, 36 tested positive. Dobbs said the individuals were asymptomatic. 

On Tuesday, the Tribe also announced the final phase of reopening for Pearl River Resort. On Friday, the Silver Star Hotel and Casino will reopen at noon. 

“We are thrilled to be entering the final phase of reopening and proud to welcome guests back to our flagship casino,” said William “Sonny” Johnson, President and CEO of Pearl River Resort. “Our team is trained, prepared and eager to provide an outstanding gaming experience in a safe environment.”


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