MS Agencies Weigh in on COVID-19
At this writing (Thursday, March 12), Mississippi has only one confirmed case of coronavirus COVID - 19. However, state officials are in full preparation mode, since there were only 100 confirmed cases nationwide one week ago and now there are 1700.
The Mississippi State Department of Health and the Mississippi Gulf Coast tourism agency, Coastal Mississippi, both issued statements this week in response to the spread of COVID - 19 in the United States.
According the MSDH website:
"COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus that causes flu-like illness ranging from mild to severe, with symptoms of fever, coughing, fatigue and difficulty breathing. The CDC and MSDH are working to detect, contain and limit the spread of cases in the U.S. and Mississippi should they occur.
MSDH is actively planning with doctors and hospitals on how to respond safely and effectively to any case of COVID-19 in Mississippi. Like the flu, COVID-19 is thought to be spread person-to-person by close contact (within 6 feet) and by coughing or sneezing. Other possible routes of transmission, such as touching surfaces contaminated by the virus, are also being investigated."
On March 9, 2020, MSDH issued this press release