Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Chancery Clerk Office procedures Due to COVID-19

New Office Policy for Chancery Clerk

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 and msdh’s website
  • Please call the COVID-19 Hotline for your questions: 877-978-6453

Monday, March 23, 2020

Comprehensive Info on Battling the Spread of 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:

Friday, March 20, 2020

INFO From CDC on COVID-19 Prevention

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.

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


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Info On Winston Medical Center Policies

Out of an abundance of caution, Winston Medical Center is implementing the following precautions related to patient and visitor access to the hospital or any of its medical facilities. Effectively immediately:

  • Hospital inpatients are limited to 1 visitor over the age of 18 at a time during their hospitalization.
  • Patients coming to any Winston Medical Center facility for any reason are asked to limit those accompanying them to 1 person.
  • Winston Medical Center Senior Care Services has taken the safeguards recommended by the CDC and MSDH agencies, and have gone on lockdown at this time NOT permitting outside visitors.
  • Magnolia CafĂ© is closed to the general public.

In addition, anyone exhibiting flu like symptoms is asked to contact their healthcare provider for instruction. If you are not experiencing symptoms, please do not come to the Emergency Room requesting to be tested. At this time, the only patients who will be tested for COVID-19 are those who meet the testing criteria outlined by the Centers for Disease Control.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Supervisors' Declaration of Emergency 3/16/2020

The Winston County Board of Supervisors declared a State of Emergency for the County in a Monday morning meeting (03/16/2020) in response to the Corona Virus pandemic (COVID-19). This declaration opens the county to receive state and federal assistance if needed. The declaration will remain in effect for 30 days and is subject to renewal if necessary.

BOS President Luke Parkes also stated that the Board is requesting all Winston County employees to stop all nonessential travel outside of the county during the 30 day period. Parkes cautioned employees that if they do travel outside the area , they should contact their department head when leaving and returning. The county reserves the right to evaluate an employee's situation and those in question may be asked to self -quarantine.

The Winston County Courthouse and court system will remain open and conducting business. Whenever possible the public is encouraged to use other means of doing business that may not involve personal contact.  Many county transactions can be conducted by telephone or internet. Please contact the county department head of the appropriate office for options.

Sunday, March 15, 2020