Sunday, April 5, 2020

Ms Dept of Health COVID-19 Update - March 5

There are 183 new cases of COVID-19 reported by MSDH for a total of 1638. Eight additional deaths occurred in the last 24 hours bringing the statewide total to forty-three. MSDH is reporting twelve cases in Winston County. There are no deaths reported in Winston County.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Kosciusko Veterans Home Need Masks

The Veterans Home in Kosciusko is calling for masks. Contact Tiffany Jordan at 662-289-7809.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Ms Dept of Health COVID-19 Update - April 4

There are 181 new cases of COVID-19 reported by MSDH for a total of 1358. Three additional deaths occurred in the last 24 hours bringing the statewide total to twenty-nine. MSDH is reporting eleven cases in Winston County. There are no deaths reported in Winston County.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions About "Shelter in Place"

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions About " Shelter in Place"

How long will this last?

·       Starting 5:00 p.m. on Friday through 8:00 am on April 20, 2020.

Can I go to work?
·       If you work for an essential Business or Operation you may continue to go to work.
·       If your place of work is closed, you may go to work for minimum operations such as maintaining the condition of facilities, for security, to preserve value of business inventory, for payroll and employee benefits,
·       If you’re working remotely from home, you can go to work to get things necessary for you to continue to work remotely from your home or residence.

Can I go to the grocery store?
o Of course. But we need your cooperation. Make a list and buy
your groceries and supplies in as few trips as possible—once a
week not once a day.
o Go to the grocery store only to buy food or supplies needed to
maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of your
home, not for any social gatherings, such as morning coffee club.

Can I go to the doctor/dentist?
o Yes. Travel for health and safety is permitted.
o For previously scheduled appointments, check with your
healthcare provider before traveling. Your healthcare provider
should be observing instructions from the Mississippi Dept. of
Health and not conducting non-essential visits or performing
elective procedures or surgery. If healthcare visits and
procedures can safely be rescheduled they should be.

Can I go to the pharmacy to fill my prescription?
o Yes. Travel for health and safety is permitted.

Can I travel to and from work if I live in the county and work
outside the county?
o Yes. This shelter in place applies to your County. But you should
consider taking your most recent pay stub or other record to
establish where you work.

Can I go to school or take my child to school? 
o Travel to or from schools is allowed for purposes of receiving
materials for distance learning, to receive meals, and for other
education related purposes.

Can I exercise or work out?
 o Gyms and health clubs and parks (not including walking trails)
are closed during this Shelter in Place. But individual outdoor
recreation is encouraged.
o This would include running, biking, walking or even shooting
baskets by yourself, but no group recreation or activities such as
soccer or basketball games.

Can I get my hair and nails done?
o No. Salons, barbershops and other similar personal care and
grooming facilities are closed during this Shelter in Place. 

Can I go shopping?
o Yes, but only for food or supplies needed to maintain the safety,
sanitation and essential operation of your home or for other
people who are unable to or should not leave their home.

Can I visit a family member in the hospital or nursing home?
o No. Most visits are not allowed. For the safety of residents,
patients and staff, visits to hospitals and nursing homes are
prohibited except to visit those individuals receiving imminent
end-of-life care, or as otherwise allowed by that healthcare

Can I travel outside the county to visit family?
o Social gatherings of more than 10 people are not permitted
o Travel is permitted for health and safety, or to get necessary
food, services or supplies for elderly, minors, dependents,
persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons whether in
or outside of the county.

I have an elderly shut-in relative, may I help them buy
groceries, deliver medicine, or take them to an essential
doctor visit?
o Yes. Travel is permitted for health and safety, or to get
necessary food, services or supplies for elderly, minors,
dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable

What if I’m laid off while my business is closed during this
COVID-19 epidemic?
o Contact the Mississippi Department of Employment Security or your local WIN Job Center for assistance.
o You should also consult with your employer.

My family reunion will have more than 10 people attending
and it is scheduled during this shelter in place, may I still

o No. All non-essential, social gatherings of more than 10 people
must be cancelled or rescheduled. This includes gatherings like
weddings, funerals, reunions, and backyard barbecues.

If a family member has been quarantined because of a
known contact with an active diagnosed case of COVID-19,
may I still visit him/her?
o No. Please consult with the appropriate medical and health
officials on specific instructions.

I have a court appearance schedule during this shelter in
place order, may I attend?
o Yes. Courts are an Essential Business or Operation. But please
consult with your attorney and court personnel to be sure of the
date and time, or to learn if it has been postponed or rescheduled
before traveling.

What if my City or Town has adopted more strict
o Combatting COVID-19 in Mississippi is a joint effort with federal,
State, County and Local officials working together.
o Local or county authorities understand the local community best
and may adopt and enforce rules that are more strict as long
they do not prevent any Essential Business or Operation as
identified in Executive Order No. 1463 from providing essential
services and functions.

How do I know if my business is essential?
o Essential Business or Operations are established by Executive
Order 1463. That order is available on the Secretary of State’s
website under Communications and Publications/Executive
Orders at

When I’m traveling, how can I establish that I work for an
Essential Business or Operation?
o Have some record that identifies your place of
employment—such as most recent pay stub or any letter or
identification your employer gives you.
o If you have any questions ask your employer and/or review the
list on Executive Order 1463 at

Some Clarification on Mississippi's "Shelter in Place"

Governor Tate Reeves issued Executive Order # 1466 yesterday requiring the citizens of the State of
Mississippi to “Shelter in Place” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are the particulars in basic terms:

· The order becomes effective at 5:00 pm on Friday, April 3 and extends until 8:00 am on April 20th.
· If your current home is unsafe due to condition, lack of utilities or the threat of domestic violence, you may seek shelter elsewhere.
· You cannot be evicted from your home during this time.
· Nonessential activities are prohibited. Examples include:
        Attending or hosting parties, social events, clubs, playgrounds, bowling alleys, movie theatres, parks (except for the purpose of walking),ball games, health clubs, amusement parks and similar social and recreational activity.

· Some activity is necessary and considered essential and is allowed. Examples include:

          Traveling to and from work at an essential business

          Seeking medical care or refilling prescriptions

          Obtaining necessary supplies for the safety and requirements of your home…grocery shopping, etc.

          Providing or seeking home repair, car repair, fuel

         Assisting others in need of like services

         Individual recreation and outdoor activity

· Outside of your home, you are required to practice social distancing ( at least 6 feet apart) and use good hygiene practices including frequent handwashing and sanitizing.

· Non-essential businesses must be closed. These include but are not necessarily limited to: movie theatres, bowling alleys, nail salons, tattoo parlors, etc
· The list of essential businesses is long and complex. If you are uncertain as to your business’s status, contact your local jurisdiction for guidance. The following is a list of examples but is not all:

       Grocery stores, hardware stores, home repair and construction services, fuel providers (C- stores, etc.), feed stores and garden suppliers, pharmacies, health care providers, auto repair and parts, law enforcement and essential government services such as garbage pickup and utilities, tax preparers, insurance agents, liquor stores, most manufacturing ( to maintain a supply chain) and support services to any and all of the above.

Attached below is a copy of the executive order and a clarification of “essential business”

Executive Order 1466
Essential Businesses

We will follow this post with some Frequently Asked Questions relative to the order.

Louisville Methodist Churches Reach Settlement In Dispute

(Louisville, MS) . . . . . . An agreement has been reached that settles a 2018 lawsuit filed in the Winston County (Mississippi) Chancery Court involving two churches sharing the same building. The terms of the settlement will not be released due to a non-disclosure clause contained in the agreement.

In March 2018, over 97% of the members of Louisville’s First United Methodist Church voted to leave the Mississippi Annual Conference of the parent denomination and to resume its programs and ministries as a non-affiliated church under the name of First Methodist Church of Louisville, Inc. The church's attorney, Hugh Hathorn, noted that the church was incorporated by the Mississippi Secretary of State in 1961 and that the church has remained chartered and in good standing with the State ever since. At the time of the decision to leave, First Methodist cited disagreement with the denomination's interpretation of church law. The lawsuit was filed to determine rightful ownership of all the property and assets of the church.

Hathorn, who is a member of First Methodist Church, said, "We are grateful the matter is finally resolved and behind us. Our church members have been resilient and faithful during this entire time. However, we believe our time is far better spent spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ and ministering to the needs of our members and our community than being in a courtroom. First Methodist Church of Louisville will continue to worship and engage in ministries from our church building on the corner of North Church and Main Street where the church has met for more than 184 years." Senior Pastor Mike Childs added, “The prayers and concern of so many across the United States and several foreign countries have been felt and have certainly been instrumental in this positive outcome. With over 300 members, and continuing to grow, we are excited to anticipate what God has planned for this faithful fellowship of believers. We sincerely wish the local United Methodist Church congregation our very best in their new location. The time has come for our church, which has played such a pivotal role in the spiritual life of our community the better part of two centuries, to continue the heritage of Methodism in our historic building and direct its entire attention to doing God’s work.”