Coronavirus ALERT: AFSA Coronavirus Resource Page
Mississippi Coronavirus Update 3/13/2020
At Governor Tate Reeves’ direction, State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs, along with Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann, House Speaker Philip Gunn and Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Col. Greg Michel, provided a briefing Thursday to outline steps the state would take to address the coronavirus:
- The MS Emergency Management Agency stepped up to Level 1 Readiness, putting it at the same posture as it is for events such as hurricanes. MEMA Director Greg Michel said the level staffs up every facet of the state’s emergency response team.
- The Mississippi Department of Health (MSDH) confirmed Wednesday its first positive test in Mississippi for coronavirus in the state. The case was identified Wednesday. The patient, an adult male, had recently traveled to Florida. State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said the patient is not over the age of 65 and not hospitalized. The patient is under home isolation and being monitored every day. A second case in Hattiesburg was confirmed by Friday.
- The Mississippi State Department of Health is recommending physicians submit samples for testing. Physicians can order tests through the MSDH. Testing is also available through commercial labs.
- Open this link to view MSDH's guidance and information for healthcare professionals.
- The MSDH recommends people don't go to the emergency room unless the situation is an emergency. People should call their clinic and let them know prior to arrival.
- The MSDH recommends organizers, communities, and schools avoid mass gatherings of more than 250 people.
- Public Universities in the state extended by a second week Spring Break and instructed staff to plan to teach the remainder of the semester via online and digital learning methods.
- Open this link to view more information from MSDH.
- Dr. Dobbs said the state has no intent currently to recommend closings schools.
- Legislative leaders strongly suggested all visitors to the Capitol postpone visits—leaving the Capitol open only to essential personnel including legislators, staff and registered lobbyists.
- Effective immediately, the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) is suspending visitations at facilities in which MDOC inmates reside.
- Open this link to watch MSDH's full news conference on its Facebook page.
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The MCFA is a vital part of the Mississippi lending community; monitoring the ever-evolving landscape of consumer finance and making our members aware of its enforcement and affect on our members and the industry as a whole. We work to ensure that our state's elected officials and others that represent Mississippi Business are aware of the significance of the consumer finance community.
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