Mask and social distancing orders extended

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Mask and social distancing orders were extended by Gov. Tate Reeves on Wednesday.

The governor extended his COVID-19 executive order that includes Madison County until Wednesday, March 3.

As many as 80 students at 16 public and private schools in Madison County tested positive for COVID-19 during the week of Jan. 25-29, according to the latest report from the Mississippi State Department of Health.

Each of the following 16 schools reported between one and five students testing positive for COVID-19 between Jan. 25-29: Ann Smith Elementary, East Flora Elementary, Germantown High School, Germantown Middle School, Madison Avenue Elementary, Madison Central High School, Madison Middle School, Madison Ridgeland Academy, Madison Station Elementary, Mannsdale Elementary, Mannsdale Upper Elementary, Old Town Middle School, Ridgeland High School, Rosa Scott, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School-North Campus and St. Joseph Catholic School-Madison County.

In all, 340 students in Madison County’s schools were quarantined for COVID-19 the week of Jan. 25-29, white 93 of those students from Madison Station Elementary alone and 63 from Madison Ridgeland Academy alone.

So far, 12,376 Madison County residents have been vaccinated for COVID-19, according to MSDH, up from approximately 10,000 residents reported in the previous week.

The vaccine is being distributed at the Madison County Health Department in Canton, according to MSDH. 

Residents should continue to monitor the state’s website to make appointments. 

The state of Mississippi is currently giving COVID19 immunizations for the following:

• All healthcare workers and EMT/paramedics

• Persons age 65 or older or those with pre-existing conditions.

Sign up online at covidvaccine.umc.edu or call 1-877-978-6453. The website is the best option, officials have said.

As vaccines become available, appointment times will be updated on the website, officials said.

When you arrive for a testing appointment, expect vaccination and related paperwork to take about 10 minutes. They also have a 15-minute observation period after vaccination.

The Madison County Health Department is located at 309 N Hickory St, Canton, MS 39046.

The vaccine is also available at Baptist Medical Group located at 2173 Main Street in Madison, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health. However, as of this week they had run of their current supply.

The number of deaths in Madison County continue to increase as another nine were reported in the last week, bringing the total here to 182.

New cases remain steady in Madison County following weeks of decline.

In the last week, 273 new cases have been reported.

The total number of cases in Madison County now stands at 9,009, up from 8,736 last week. 

On Wednesday, the MSDH identified 791 new cases of COVID-19 across the state with 26 new deaths.

In total, 277,322 cases have been reported across the state with 6,158 deaths. 


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