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COVID-19* (UPDATED 4/1/2020)

It is understandable that individuals may be anxious about the COVID-19 outbreak. Public health and safety is always a priority in Hinds County government. We are working diligently and monitoring the situation to keep you informed about the COVID-19 impact on Hinds County as information becomes available. Our focus is the health and safety of our residents and employees and maintaining efficient government services to all whom we serve during this time of uncertainty. We are following the lead of our state and federal government partners in most cases. The 2019 novel coronavirus is a rapidly emerging and evolving situation. We encourage you to ask questions and rely upon information from trusted sources only.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for updated information and guidance as it becomes available. This page will be updated weekly by every Friday, at 4:00 p.m. or as breaking news occurs.

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION SITUATION REPORT


IMPORTANT ALERTS FOR HINDS COUNTY RESIDENTS

County Building/Facility Closures

  • Effective, Monday, March 16, 2020 the Hinds County Board of Supervisors has ordered all Hinds County recreational facilities closed to the public.
  • Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 the Hinds County Board of Supervisors has ordered only "essential personnel" to work staggered shifts until March 29, 2020. Personnel who have the abilitiy to work remotely are instructed to implement measures to ensure the handling of their daily duties from home. All other personnel are to return to their regular work hours on Monday, March 30, 2020 or when notified. 

Court Closures/Adjustments

  • CIRCUIT COURT - Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 “All civil and criminal matters scheduled for an in-Court appearance before any circuit judge in Hinds County are hereby CONTINUED, pending further order of the Court” . . . this order “shall expire on Friday, April 3, 2020, unless extended by supplemental order of the Court.” CLICK HERE TO SEE COURT ORDER
  • JUSTICE COURT - Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 “All civil cases scheduled for an in-Court appearance before any justice court judge in Hinds County are hereby CONTINUED, pending further order of the Court” . . . this order “shall expire on Friday, April 3, 2020, unless extended. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Shirley Harper at (601) 965-8812.”
  • COUNTY COURT - Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 “All civil and criminal matters scheduled for an in-Court appearance before any county court judge in Hinds County are hereby CONTINUED, pending further order of the Court” . . . this order “shall expire on Friday, April 3, 2020, unless extended by supplemental order of the Court.”
  • CHANCERY COURT - In compliance with the Constitution, Hinds Chancery Court will remain open for business to ensure courts fulfill their constitutional and statutory duties. See Miss. Const. Art. 3, §§ 24, 25, 26, and 26A. For cases set between April 1, 2020, through May 15, 2020, the Judges will exercise their sound discretion with regard to their own docket. Continuances may be granted should any party, attorney or witness request a continuance because of COVID-19. All court proceedings shall be limited to attorneys, parties, witnesses, security officers, members of the press, and other necessary persons, as determined by the trial judge. For cases assigned to Judge Owens and Judge Thomas, contact Tonya W. Anderson at tanderson@co.hinds.ms.us or by telephone at 601.714.6309. For cases assigned to Judge Wise Martin or Judge Grove, contact D. LaShae Gilmore at dgilmore@co.hinds.ms.us or by telephone at 601.968.6521. CLICK HERE TO SEE GUIDANCE

The first United States case of COVID-19 was announced on January 21, 2020, detected in a traveler returning from Wuhan to Washington state. Since that time there have been several confirmed cases across the United States.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Hinds County and Mississippi

THERE ARE CURRENTLY MINIMAL REPORTED CASES OF CORONAVIRUS IN HINDS COUNTY. Hinds County officials are following the guidance of our federal and state partners to monitor an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Hinds County confirmed cases: 109
  • Hinds County people under investigation (PUI): 0
  • Mississippi cases: 1073
  • Mississippi deaths: 22
  • Individuals tested by the MSDH Public Health Laboratory: 2776 (as of March 25, 2020)

Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline (8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday): 877-978-6453

Governor Tate Reeves established the Mississippi Coronavirus Preparedness & Response Planning Steering Committee led by State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs on March 4, 2020. On March 11, 2020, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported the first known case of COVID-19 within the state of Mississippi in Forrest County.

How can you protect yourself?

Practice everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

These everyday habits can help prevent the spread of several viruses.

Additional recommendations from the Mississippi State Department of Health as of March 16, 2020:

  • Avoid gatherings of 10 people or more, especially if there is evidence of transmission in your county or adjacent counties . If you do attend, remember to practice the hygiene and distancing steps above.
  • To prevent illness in those most vulnerable, anyone 65 or older OR with a chronic medical condition should avoid all gatherings.
  • Avoid unnecessary (non-urgent) air, bus or train travel.
  • Limit visitation to older relatives or friends (especially in nursing or care homes).
  • Prepare for the possibility that schools or day care centers may temporarily close.

People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their health care provider immediately. DO NOT GO THE EMERGENCY ROOM AS YOU MAY PUT HUNDREDS OF OTHER INDIVIDUALS AT RISK.

*If you are traveling, read the CDC recommendations on What travelers can do to protect themselves and others.


The World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local jurisdictions across the nation are closely monitoring reported cases of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19). COVID-19 was first detected, in December 2019, in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has continued to expand. Chinese health officials have reported thousands of infections with COVID-19 in China, including outside of Hubei Province. A number of countries, including the United States, are actively screening incoming travelers from Wuhan. Human infections with COVID-19 have been confirmed in Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, and the United States.

What is 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. 

Since December 2019, Chinese authorities have identified thousands of human infections, including several dozen deaths, associated with this novel (new) coronavirus in an outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. In addition, novel coronavirus infections have been confirmed in numerous international travelers in multiple countries, including the Untied States, who traveled to or came from Wuhan City. 

How is 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) acquired or transmitted?

Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Many of the patients in the pneumonia outbreak caused by COVID-19 in Wuhan, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients diagnosed with COVID-19 have not reported exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring.

When person-to-person spread occurred with MERS and SARS, it is thought to have happened via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughed or sneezed, similar to how influenza and other respiratory illnesses spread. The spreading of SARS and MERS between people generally occurred in people who had close contacts with others who were infected.

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses do not spread as easily. It is not yet clear how easily COVID-19 spreads from person-to-person. It is important to know this in order to better understand the risk associated with this virus.

Investigations are ongoing about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with COVID-19. The latest situation summary updates are available on CDC’s web page 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China.

What are the symptoms of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reported mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

At this time, the CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

FAQs and Handouts

  • COVID19 Questions and Answers for Hinds County Residents and Mississippians (English)
  • Coronavirus Fact Sheet (English) (Spanish)
  • Stop the Spread of Germs flyer (English) (Spanish)
  • Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019 flyer (English) (Spanish)
  • What to Do if You Have Coronavirus Disease 2019? flyer (English) (Spanish)
  • CDC Protects and Prepares Communities Infographic (English)

Information for Health Professionals

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Resources:

Suspected cases of COVID-19 should be reported by telephone to your healthcare provider immediately.

Other Available Resources
The following resources provide information on COVID-19 (You will be directed away from this site.):