COVID-19 April 28 Update

CDC Instructions On How to Protect Yourself and Others

Know how it spreads
  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
Everyone should

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover
  • is not a substitute for social distancing.

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and disinfect

Report on pork and beef plant closures

  • You may have heard some reports of various pork and beef plant closures in the Midwest due to COVID outbreaks, which may put some strain on supply in the near term.
  • This may be a good time to remind people we do have our own food supply chains in the State.
  • We have an online catalog of food products from locally raised beef, pork, poultry, dairy and fresh produce and more at
  • The livestock is processed through our several smaller local plants that continue to operate.
  • People can click and shop, and in doing so buy direct from a farmer and perhaps alleviate some of their concerns.
  • Also, any local producers or businesses can enroll and be listed online for e-commerce through our site.

Update on number of new cases

  • 248 new cases reported yesterday.
  • Total cases statewide now number 6342.
  • Unfortunately, we now have 239 deaths.
  • Comment – It should be noted that, even though the number of new cases seems to be high, this is not surprising because of the increased focus on testing. Remember we were advised that an increased focus on testing would result in the identification of more cases, but we were also advised that this was a good thing because we could identify the cases and isolate them and treat them.
  • The good news is that the number of people who are receiving critical care treatment such as ventilators and ICU beds is dropping.
  • This means the danger of overwhelming the healthcare system has diminished which is what we have been trying to guard against.

Call if you need help

  • We have had phone calls to our office forwarded to our staff. If you need any help at all, please call us at 601-359-3300.
  • We have also set up an email address for you to ask questions or seek help. That address is [email protected].

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