Wednesday, March 25, 2020

From Mayor Hill

Be advised the local governing authorities are communicating daily, the City of Louisville, Town of Noxapater, and Winston County residents need to be re-assured the essential services you expect from your local government from first response in public safety, solid waste or trash collection, and the landfill continue to operate. Modifications may be made to business operations at each location but do know everyone is working in a responsible manner. 

 All local governing authorities strongly encourage everyone adhere to the advice of excellent hygiene, routine hand-washing, social distancing, not gathering in groups of more than 10, and do not get out unless it is absolutely necessary. 

We are all in this together and there are presently NO local mandates on businesses as so much of what is open are essential services or a lifeline for someone. Thank you for doing your part and please pay attention to recommendations of authorities and not succumb to rumors. We have a very solid method of communication in Winston County between healthcare, public safety officials, local governments as we navigate these times.


Feel free to use this time if you are able and take advantage of the beautiful days to clean up your piece of the world and the City will continue leaf collection through mid April.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Information From MEMA - 3/24/2020

As with any similar situation, there is a great deal of inaccurate information and rumors that surface. Please be careful as to your source. If you have questions, go to a legitimate provider of information. Locally these include:

Also follow WLSM for current info as well.
MEMA released the following information to clarify the current situation:

  • Currently there is not mandatory stay-home order. We ask folks to avoid crowds and frequently wash their hand.
  • Healthcare workers will be our top priority when receiving supplies along with first responders.
  • If you see the National Guard, they are assisting with delivering supplies, doing humanitarian service to help MSDH and MEMA

  • MEMA and MSDH are working to send out more supplies this week. County EMA will receive a shipment to disperse to first responders, hospitals will receive a shipment and long-term care facilities will receive a shipment.

  • We ask people not to hoard food. This is to ensure everyone has access to the supplies they need. There is not a food shortage. The overwhelming demand has slowed the process of getting food back on the shelves.

  • Daycares and businesses can choose to close on their own, at this time there is no mandatory order to do so.

  • There is a list of testing sites available at msema.org and msdh’s website
  • Please call the COVID-19 Hotline for your questions: 877-978-6453

Monday, March 23, 2020

A Message from Louisville's Mayor

The following is an audio file from Mayor Will Hill. To listen - click the audio file on the home page link here:  A transcript of the message is provided below:

Comprehensive Info on Battling COVID-19 in Our Community

There is a great deal of information concerning the COVID-19 virus (Corona) and the necessary precautions that is being passed around on social media and other news sources. The volume and purpose of this information can sometimes be confusing, inaccurate or overwhelming. Some of those sources are questionable in content and focus. There is still much that we don’t know about the virus and new and sometimes contradictory information continue to surface. Reposting undocumented and unsourced information from a friend of a friend of a doctor or health care professional may not be the best option.

Locally, Winston Medical Center and our Emergency Management team are doing a good job of providing information and resources to our community and that should be your primary source of knowledge for your actions. Follow the following Facebook pages and associated websites for current local updates:

Also follow WLSM for current info as well.

We have attempted to compile a comprehensive list of do’s and don’ts (from CDC, Ms. Dept of Health, MEMA and Winston Medical) for the public in response to the virus. Please take the time to consider and apply the following recommendations over the coming days and weeks:

1.       If you are sick in any way – STAY HOME. Good advice under any circumstances but especially important now. You may be more vulnerable to the virus, you may spread whatever illness you may be suffering from and generating fear in those you are exposing yourself to.
2.       Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
3.       If you do cough or sneeze – do so into your sleeve.
4.       Don’t travel. Now is not the time for vacations or shopping trips.
5.       Do not gather in groups – especially in groups in excess of 10.
6.       If you are elderly or have significant health issues- STAY HOME and avoid social contact. Have a family member or other do your shopping and errands.
7.       If you must visit a retailer for groceries/supplies, designate one family member to do so. Do not make this a family event! Don’t socialize, get what you need and leave. Sanitize when you go in and sanitize when you exit.
8.       KEEP YOUR CHILDREN AT HOME and supervise them. There are too many reports of unsupervised kids in our stores.

Many people cannot self-isolate due to their jobs and responsibilities. Here are some things to do to protect yourself:

1.       If you are vulnerable due to health issues or age – consider wearing a face mask and gloves.
2.       Wash your hands on a regular basis.
3.       Practice social distancing – keep a 6 foot distance if at all possible.
4.       If someone enters your place of business who appears to be ill – ask them to return to their vehicle and deliver their goods or services to them there.
5.       Clean surfaces that the public may come into contact with on a regular basis with a strong disinfectant.
6.       Consider limiting your services to call-in or curbside if at all possible.

If you are ill or concerned that you may have symptoms of Corona:

1.       If you feel you need medical care – call your health care provider. Do not go directly to the clinic or hospital. Our medical professionals have procedures in place to deal with every circumstance. They can provide instructions on exactly what to do and where to go.
2.       Use the emergency room only for 911 type emergencies.
3.       Self-isolate yourself. Use the same bed and bathroom throughout your illness.
4.       Minimize contact with others in your household.
5.       Limit contact with your pets. (others come into contact with them as well.)
6.       Don’t share household items; utensils, towels, bedding, etc.
7.       Throw used tissues into a lined trash can.
8.       Disinfect your home regularly, especially high contact items such as phones, keyboards, remote controls, door knobs, etc.
9.       Follow your doctor’s instructions religiously.


If you show symptoms of the virus or have been diagnosed with the virus- you should remain in quarantine until all of the following criteria is met:
·       You exhibit no fever for 72 hours
·       Other symptoms have abated
·       At least 7 days since your first symptom
·       After consulting with your doctor

Caretakers should follow the above rules as well

Symptoms of Corona virus include:
·       Continual fever
·       Shortness of breath
·       Cough
·       Possible chest pain

If you are young and healthy or simply have the attitude that the virus is not that serious and you’re willing to take your chances, that is your choice but consider that you may be a carrier of the virus that could affect your parents, grandparents, friends and coworkers.

While this list includes all the things you shouldn’t do, here are some things that you can do if you are healthy to make this time more pleasant:

·       Spend time outdoors – walking, fishing, hunting
·       Catch up on your reading, binge watch your favorite tv shows
·       Do all those household chores you’ve been putting off till “ you had more time.”
·       Play board games
·       Spend time with your kids – games, school work, cooking, etc
·       Donate blood
·       Volunteer to do shopping or run errands for those who may be housebound due to their age or health.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Info From CDC on COVID-19 Prevention

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT

Notice is hereby given that the City of Louisville, Mississippi, is now taking applications for employment to fill the position of Assistant Municipal Court Clerk with the City of Louisville. Job descriptions and requirements are available upon request at the City Hall. Applications may be filed at the City Clerk’s Office, 2373 South Church Avenue, no later than eleven o’clock (11:00) A.M. on Monday, March 31, 2020. So ordered by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen, this the 17th day of March 2020. Babs W. Fulton, City Clerk


MEMA : Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Declaration Request

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is collecting information and data on the economic loss to small businesses throughout the State of Mississippi. Their desire is to request an Economic Injury Declaration from the Small Business Administration to aid in the economic loss during this COVID-19 pandemic. There are two options to submit the needed data and information from small businesses.

Option 1:

Below, you will find a weblink to a survey, encouraging any small business in Winston County that has suffered economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to complete. The data and information collected will be submitted to MEMA via the Chamber of Commerce.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YKLPN5X

Option 2:

If you wish to complete the forms on your own, you will find two necessary documents at the link below -  the Estimated Disaster Economic Injury Worksheet For Businesses and the Instructions for the Worksheet.


Please complete these forms and email the completed, scanned forms directly to the following contact for inclusion into the SBA Economic Declaration Request:

Todd DeMuth
State Coordinating Officer
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency
tdemuth@mema.ms.gov
601-933-6352

PLEASE NOTE: DEADLINE TO SUBMIT FORMS TO MEMA IS APRIL 1, 2020.