COVID-19 Tips, Resources and Relief Efforts
Thursday, June 25, 2020
The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reported 1,092 new COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday, June 24, 2020,
which is the highest number of cases our state has seen in one day. The newly-released data brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in our state to 24,516, with
more than 1,000 Mississippians dying from the virus. Health officials say the cases are rising fastest among young adults not following proper
safeguards, such as wearing a mask or keeping a safe distance from others.
MSDH officials advise anyone waiting for test results to remain at home if you have symptoms of COVID-19. Do not go to work or
leave home. Stay in a specific room at home and avoid contact with other family members as much as possible. If you are awaiting results from
a routine screening test, but have no symptoms, you may return to work under the guidance of your employer (unless otherwise directed by the
Mississippi State Department of Health).
It is important to remember that we are still in the middle of a pandemic. Record-breaking numbers are proof that we need to do more to protect
the health of those all across the state. We should not have to rely on Executive Orders or mandates to encourage us to do what’s best for
our health and safety. Let us all continue to be wise and take care of ourselves, our neighbors, our friends and our families to prevent the
spread of COVID-19.
For questions and concerns, call the Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline at 877-978-6453 any day between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Back to Business MS Grant Program
The Mississippi Development Authority is now accepting applications for the Back to Business Mississippi Grant Program. The program provides grants between $1,500 and $25,000 to help businesses recover from the economic impact of COVID-19,
including operating expenses and salaries. To be eligible for the grant, a business must be in good standing with the Mississippi Secretary
of State’s Office as of March 1, 2020.
Eligible businesses must apply for grants through the Back to Business Mississippi Grant Program website. There is no fee to submit
an application, and the program will not ask for credit card information. For assistance with your application, call 1-800-462-9980 or 601-228-1774
MDE Releases Considerations for Reopening Mississippi Schools
The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) has partnered with a workgroup of nine superintendents from a diverse range of school districts to
outline the key issues districts need to address to reopen schools. The issues are outlined in a specific document that presents a three-month
timeline of strategies for school leaders to consider to plan for the start of the 2020-21 school year.
MDE representatives say the document is intended to be used as a resource and starting point for districts to consider local needs in collaboration
with stakeholders. It will be updated in three-month intervals to adjust to changes with the COVID-19 outbreak.
|Executive Order 1498||Executive Order 1498 orders the State Flag to be flown at half-staff on all buildings and grounds of the State of Mississippi until sunset
on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 in memory of Deputy Sheriff James E. Blair.
|Executive Order 1497||Executive Order 1497 amends Executive Order 1471 to extend its duration until 11:59 p.m. on July 1, 2020. EO 1471 creates additional protections
from civil liability for healthcare workers and facilities assisting outside their normal operations in the response to COVID-19.
|Executive Order 1496||Executive Order 1496 extends the Safe Return order until Monday, June 29, 2020 at 8 a.m. with a few amendments.|
|Executive Order 1495||Executive Order 1495 rescinds provisions from prior Executive Orders which authorized the board of supervisors of any county, the governing
authority of any municipality, and any local school board to grant certain employees administrative leave with pay to prevent the risk
of transmission of COVID-19.
Emergency Contact Information
|Office of the Governor of Mississippi
Mississippi State Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
|Mississippi Department of Employment Security||(601) 855-3133 1-888-844-3577 (toll-free) 1-888-772-0061 (toll-free)