The Mississippi State Department of Health on March 11 reported the state’s first presumptive case of the novel coronavirus.
As of Friday, the department said 775 people had been tested.
The state Department of Health issued new restrictive recommendations late Friday:
- Restaurant and bars suspend dine-in service but can still offer carry-out or delivery
- Does not affect gas stations, pharmacies, grocery stores, food marts
- Residents should not attend funerals, weddings, church services or other community, social events with more than 10 people
- In effect for foreseeable future
- On the same day state health officials issued recommendations for bars and restaurants, Forrest County Supervisors voted unanimously to limit patrons at those establishments.
- Now Board President David Hogan said those rules will have to be changed. He’ll be meeting informally next week with other supervisors and the board attorney to talk about complying with state health department recommendations.
- The next board meeting is April 6, but supervisors may hold a special called meeting before then.
Blood drive moves to Lake Terrace Convention Center
- Saturday blood drive, 7 a.m.-7 p.m, Lake Terrace Convention Center
- Sunday blood drive, noon-6 p.m., Lake Terrace Convention Center
- Blood drive 7 a.m.-noon, Monday, the Orthopedic Institute, 27 Southern Pointe Parkway
- Blood drive, 1-5 p.m. Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services, 2255 Broadway Drive
- Declared local state of emergency March 15, allowing the county to coordinate with other county governments as well as the state, and to access resources from the state and federal government.
- Already asked for masks for first responders and Merit Health Wesley and Forrest General Hospital workers from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. County administrator Jody Waits said there is not a shortage, but the masks will be needed in the future if the coronavirus continues.
- Senior and community centers closed. County libraries too — online services available.
- Supervisors will hold their regular bi-monthly meeting March 26 — asking that departmental officials not attend so press and public can be seated 3-6 feet from each other.
- County offices open.
Event cancellations, postponements
- Dixie Electric closes its three lobbies March 23. Drive-thru windows will remain open.
- RISE office closed until April 6.
- Cotton Blues restaurant is temporarily closed, but will be offering take-out meals for families of four.
- Annual Downtown Crawfish Jam canceled.
- Saenger Theater closed for all events and access until mid-April.
- The African American Military History Museum at the Historic USO Club will temporarily close its doors to the public April 1.
- Lake Terrace Convention Center closing all access and events through April 3rd. Hattiesburg Convention Commission and Area Development Partnership offices within the Convention Center will remain open. However, building access is limited to these office spaces only. .
- Live at Five events for April canceled.
- The third annual Habitat “FORE ” Humanity Golf Tournament scheduled for Friday will be rescheduled for some time in May or June.
- Gulf Wars 29 canceled. For refunds, contact the Exchequer at registration@GulfWars.org within 30 days.
- Spirit of Women’s spring event, scheduled for April 9, featuring Purvis native and actress Lacy Chabert, has been postponed. Ticketholders are urged to keep tickets for the rescheduled event.
- Hattiesburg Arts Council’s exhibit featuring William Baggett and his wife Lynne Joddrell Baggett is canceled, along with Saturday’s reception and Tuesday’s Coffee Talk with William Baggett.
- The Downtown Hattiesburg Farmers Market will postpone its opening until further notice.
- The Area Development Partnership’s annual Hubfest — scheduled for March 28 — canceled.
- Conference USA has suspended all spring sports competition until further notice. Information regarding ticketing will be communicated as soon as it becomes available.
- Visitation is suspended until further notice at Forrest County Jail and Forrest County Juvenile Detention Center.
- The Area Development Partnership’s Legislative Forum scheduled for March 23 canceled.
- ADP’s Business After Hours on March 26, and Accelerate on April 3 are canceled.
Gov. Tate Reeves has ordered all public schools closed until April 17.