Effects of COVID-19 on Central MS

Updated 03/27 8am CT

Statewide Case Count

The number of COVID19-related deaths now stands at 8.

With 2 news deaths being reported, 1 in Harrison & 1 in Tippah.

… Hancock, Holmes, Webster, Wilkinson, Tunica, Rankin and now in Harrison and Tippah Counties.

The number of positive cases stands at 579. An update will be coming out shortly for the Dept of Health. 94.

Attala: 8 +1,  Leake: 4, Neshoba: 1



A Kosciusko Dr. has tested positive for COVID19. Dr. Gray Wallace  has issued a public statement saying that he began experiencing sore throat, headache and shortness of breath on Monday (3/23).  He stopped seeing patients immediately, was tested and quarantined   . The test did come back positive. He and his family are now quarantined. His complete statement has been posted at our website details

Neshoba General Hospital has confirmed its first positive (COVID-19) patient. The State Department of Health notified the hospital yesterday afternoon (3/26). The patient, a Neshoba County resident, was admitted under isolation protocols and later transferred to  another hospital. details

Mississippi health officials are now trying to find people who have been near those testing positive for the Coronavirus. The Governor and State Health Officer announced the  effort yesterday (3/26). The goal is to get people to self-quarantine if they’ve been exposed. details

Mississippi Blood Services has had to cancel numerous blood drives resulting in severe blood shortages. With protocols in place MEMA and the State Department of Health encourage those that are able, to donate today. Nearest blood donation centers are in Forest and Meridian.

 in Meridian , Anderson Regional Health System on 14th St.from 10AM to 3PM.

in Forest C & C Nutrition on Main St. from 9AM to 3PM.

Mississippi is seeing a sharp increase in claims for temporary unemployment benefits during the COVID19 pandemic.

Philadelphia starts their curfews this evening from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am.

Carthage and the MBCI already have curfews in place.

Carthage & Kosciusko  have both passed a resolutions  requiring non-essential businesses to restrict occupancy to 10 or less, restaurants must close dine-in and bar service and offer carry-out or drive-thru only. All citizens are cautioned to stay home unless it is a necessity for them to leave.

In Kosciusko the Police will enforce the resolutions under threat of penalties.

Keep in mind curfews are in place again this evening and overnight in Carthage, Lexington, Durant, and on all lands of the MBCI. And, starting tomorrow night in Philadelphia.

Covid-19 drive-up testing resumes in the morning at the Neshoba County Coliseum. And  Trace Urgent Care in Attala county.

Dr. Thomas Dobbs

State Health Officer

Using the successes in Singapore and South Korea as a model to shift from defense to offense.

  1. Basic case-finding, isolation and quarantine. Contact investigation. Locate the second tear… Increase testing.
  2. More aggressive outbreak investigations. When cases are traced to groups or clusters.
  3. Community outbreak response. Some areas will need more aggressive response than others including targeted shelter-in-place orders.

Call ahead at 601-663-1213. 

Call ahead at, 662-289-9155.

Lexington in Holmes County has set a 9pm to 5am curfew. All businesses must close by 9:00 pm.  The curfew wil l be enforced by the Lexington Police Department.


The Mississippi Department of Revenue is extending filing and payment deadlines until May 15th. This includes both individual and corporate income taxes, and first quarter estimated tax payments.


The 51st Annual Natchez Trace Festival has been rescheduled for September 18-19.

The Grab & Go meal program will continue today in the Leake County School District. However, the Attala County & Kosciusko School Districts have suspended their programs.


The Neshoba County Courthouse is closed until further notice.

 In Carthage all gyms have been given permission to re-open and curfews extended from 9:00pm-6:00am.




Pronunciation Guide *

  • Attala = ah – `ta – lah
  • Kosciusko = kah – zee – `ess – koh



Sid Hill Emergency Planner for Neshoba General Hospital

Kosciusko Mayor Jimmy Cockroft

Dr. Samuel Holiness of Premiere Medical Group.


Older Stuff

Rick Luke, owner of Faye’s Clothing and Accessories in Philadelphia is looking for volunteers to sew face masks that’ll be donated to those who need them during the pandemic. The have already made 600 donations. The store is closed for business but is being used just to sew the masks. The store site is also being used as a pick up and drop off center as well. The address is 216 Bird Ave in Philadelphia. To get involved or for more details please call Rick Luke at 601-575-1491.


The Mississippi health officer is recommending that all restaurants and bars stop dine-in services. Also, that you not attend any gathering of 10 or more.

Chief Cyrus Ben has established  a nightly 10pm-5am curfew  on all lands of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

Leake County Sheriff Randy Atkinson has issued an advisory about scam phone calls surrounding the COVID19 stimulus package. You’re reminded to not give out any personal information over the phone and to call his office if you think you got one of the scam calls.

The Kosciusko-Attala Career Tech Center is transitioning to distance learning. Students should check email, their google drive, or the Remind app.  



  • Business offices (closed to the public).
  • All events and activities at Lincoln Park, McMillan Park, The Scout Hut and The Carthage Coliseum will be rescheduled. Deposits can be returned or applied to future events. (601-267-8322)
  • The Public Library is closed for the remainder of the week. 
  • Municipal Court is postponed until April, 21st.
  • The Leake County Courthouse

Gov. Tate Reeves has issued an order making the National Guard available at virus testing centers.  

For courtrooms and courthouses  still open across the state the Supreme Court of Mississippi has signed an Emergency Order limiting the size of gatherings in the state’s courtrooms to 50 or fewer for the next eight weeks. Details

All local Social Security offices are now closed to the public for in-person service starting today (03/17)

Central Electric Power Association’s Board of Directors will reschedule their Annual Meeting, originally scheduled for today (03/17)

Area hospitals have implemented modified vistor hours and restrictions including Baptist Leake, Baptist Attala, Neshoba General Hospital and Trace Urgent Care. Call ahead or check their web sites first.

If you think you have symptons? Here’s Premiere Medical’s Dr. Samuel Holdiness.

They’re asking that if you have symptoms of COVID-19 please isolate and contact your healthcare provider by phone for further instructions. Please don’t show up at the hospital un-announced. Use your phone.


The Mississippi Public Service Commission is prohibiting utility shutoffs during this state of emergency declared by Governor Reeves Saturday.

  Following the president’s guidelines announced yesterday State Department of Health Recommends:

  • Avoid social gatherings where 10 people or more would come into close contact.
  • Anyone 65 or older OR with a chronic medical condition should avoid all social gatherings.

(Neshoba General Hospital temporarily limiting entry to the main front location. Visitation limited to 1 person per patient.) (Hrs: 6am-6:30pm.)

Spring Break has been extended for Leake, Neshoba and Attala County schools.

 MSU has extended Spring Break until the 22nd and then transitionsing to online coursework.

Insurance Information:

The Mississippi Insurance Department is happy to assist in answering your questions regarding travel and health insurance. For help, call 1-800-562-2957.