Social distancing egg hunts are planned in some neighborhoods like Sherbourne in Madison, where homeowners will hang colorful egg drawings on windows for families to “spot” while walking or driving through the neighborhood in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Other neighborhoods are looking at “bear hunts,” where residents are encouraged to put stuffed bears up in windows for children to “find” while out social distancing. 

 

Statewide, the total number infected with the coronavirus was up to 377 by Wednesday with one death on the Coast last week, and one death in Holmes County announced on Wednesday.

 

Madison County had three additional cases on Wednesday, bringing the total here to 17.

 

The bulk of the confirmed cases are still in Hinds County (38), DeSoto County (36) and Harrison County (25). 

 

MSDH said in a release Monday that it will soon no longer provide statistics on COVID-19 county-by-county, instead opting for an aggregate state total.

 

Grocery shelves have been bare at times, but no serious shortages have been reported locally. Some local merchants have closed their storefronts but are offering free delivery. 

 

Madison City Hall is open for business, Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler said on Monday in a Facebook announcement. 

 

"In this time of uncertainty, we hope you can find peace in knowing that your police department, your fire department, your first responders, public works and the full city staff are out, in force, to make sure that your safety is guaranteed,” she said. “I’d like to ask you to join me as we pray for this community because this is the city that prayer is building. We will weather this storm together, and we know who is truly in control.”

Ridgeland City Hall has been restricted to the drive-through window.




The Madison County Courthouse is open but is being restricted to 10 people in any one area. Court cases have been continued. Madison County Justice Court cases set for April have been continued as well. 

 

The MSDH reported that as of Monday, 71 percent of reported cases required no hospitalization, while 27 percent did. Two percent was unknown at the time. 

 

MSDH reported 1,943 tests had been completed at the public lab only and they would no longer provide test numbers from private labs. Positive cases from private labs will be reported.

 

Schools are shuttered until at least April 17. Restaurants and bars statewide were advised late last week to forego dining room service and provide delivery or curbside service. There is no plan for a national shelter-in-place order, President Trump has said repeatedly.

 

Madison has closed Strawberry Patch Park and Liberty Park for the time being. 

 

Around the state, some cities such as Oxford had enacted a ban on dine-in restaurants and officials closed bars. In Tupelo, the mayor enacted an order for residents to shelter in place.

 

The state has rolled out a coronavirus hotline, which is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week at (877) 978-6453.

 

Governor Reeves is waiving the one-week waiting period to receive unemployment benefits for all claims filed from March 8 to June 27 and suspending all work search requirements that normally must be met to receive benefits. Go to: https://mdes.ms.gov/unemployment-claims/

 

Small business owners can begin the process immediately and apply for assistance by visiting this link: sba.gov/disaster.

 

As of Wednesday, 423,000 people worldwide had been infected, with 108,000 total recoveries. Over 60,000 were infected in the U.S., with a third of those in New York City. The U.S. death toll had risen to 807 by Tuesday.

 

For more information, visit msdh.ms.gov or coronavirus.gov.