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Copiah sees increase in COVID-19 cases

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• Cover your coughs and sneezes.
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Areas of the country are experiencing an increase in cases of COVID-19 since the initial shelter in place restrictions were lifted over a month ago, and Copiah County seems to be experiencing one of the worst increases in Mississippi.
Instead of getting back to business as usual, local medical personnel say people need to be scared, continue to take precautions, and not go out any more than necessary.
The county’s numbers have gone from 492 on June 23 to 562 yesterday, a jump of nearly 15% during the last week.  As of Tuesday, the county has recorded 14 deaths.
According to Brad Johnson, a registered nurse and quality assurance director for the local hospital, “Those numbers are the result of people not observing safety guidelines, plain and simple.”
The importance of social distancing, wearing masks, and washing hands cannot be stressed enough. County health and emergency management officials are concerned that citizens in the area have lost their focus on protecting themselves by not implementing these safety measures. None of the measures are standalone sources of prevention, and all should be practiced.
Unlike at the beginning of the pandemic, there are plenty face masks available and hand sanitizer is placed in many public places. Health officials urge everyone to take advantage of the supplies available and do their part to protect others.
A round-table discussion was held last week at Copiah County Medical Center that included medical staff, administrators, nurses, and the Copiah County director of emergency management. All are in agreement on one thing – wearing masks is the one thing that will make the biggest difference in the spread of the virus.

Read the full story in the July 1, 2020 E-Edition