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COVID-19 hits Lawrence County

Overnight, Lawrence County was added to the list of Mississippi counties with at least one case of COVID-19. According to the Lawrence County Emergency Management Agency, the individual is a female and is quarantined at home. There is no additional information available on the case at this time, such as the area of the county the person is from or if/where they have traveled.

According to the Mississippi State Department of Health, 80 cases in 32 Mississippi counties had been diagnosed in the state as of this morning. A Hancock County man has died. A total of 602 individuals have been tested.

Monticello aldermen met by teleconference Thursday afternoon to approve a disaster declaration. Public entities must take this action in order to be reimbursed by the state and federal governments for extraordinary expenses in dealing with the problem.

As part of the resolution, aldermen recommended that restaurants limit their dine-in crowds to 10 and required them to keep groups at least six feet apart.

During discussion, aldermen recognized there are larger dining rooms in town that can separate more people, while others cannot, resulting in the recommendation as written.

However, when it comes to buffet-style service, aldermen are requiring establishments to restrict access to restaurant staff that have engaged in proper sanitation processes.

They highly recommend the use of carry-out and drive-through services.

The full resolution can be found at the following link:

COVID 19 Proclamation