Raleigh, Mississippi - As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread throughout the United States, officials are continuing to monitor the virus at all levels of government. As of writing, there are NO cases of COVID-19 in Smith County, and there is only ONE case in the State of Mississippi.
COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus that causes flu-like illness ranging from mild to severe, with symptoms of fever, coughing, fatigue and difficulty breathing. The CDC and Mississippi Department of Health are working to detect, contain and limit the spread of cases in the U.S. and Mississippi should they occur. Cases of COVID-19 continue to be identified in U.S. states, and in some areas, person-to-person contact has been identified. This is a rapidly changing situation that is continually being monitored by the CDC and MSDH as more cases in the U.S. are expected. The risk of infection to the general public in Mississippi remains low, but all Mississippians are advised to take health precautions to prevent the possible transmission of disease.
The Smith County Emergency Management Agency has been monitoring the current health concerns alongside the Smith County Health Department and posting updates as they receive information from the Mississippi State Department of Health and MEMA concerning necessary precautions and anything else that will affect the daily routine of the residents of Smith County.
Smith County has been making plans the last few weeks and making sure our responders are prepared to respond and assist our citizens.
We would like to remind everyone that there are steps you can take to protect yourself
It is important to remember that panic and fear does not replace facts and science. We have set up a web-page where you can get all of the latest information from federal, state, and county officials regarding coronavirus.
The webpage can be found at: