Friday, March 20, 2020

Health Dept. Recommends Restaurants Shut Down Dine-in Service

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement.
 The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) now recommends that all restaurant and bars suspend dine-in service in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19, effective immediately. This decision is consistent with the social distancing principles from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in line with actions taken by other states.

This recommendation is for the foreseeable future.
Restaurants may still offer carryout or delivery orders to their customers.
“This will in no way affect gas stations, pharmacies, grocery stores or food marts” said MSDH State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs, MD, MPH.
Additionally, the MSDH is recommending that Mississippi residents not attend funerals, weddings, church services or other community or social events with expected attendance of more than 10 people.
Currently, Mississippi has reported 80 positive cases of COVID-19 and one death. A significant increase in positive cases and additional deaths are expected.
Dobbs said that as this virus continues to spread rapidly, prevention has never been more important. Preventive measures Mississippians can take include the following:
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, especially after coughing or sneezing, blowing your nose, and using the bathroom. Effective handwashing takes about 20 seconds, and includes cleaning under fingernails, between fingers, and washing the back of hands as well as the front.
  • Stay home if you are sick and avoid close contact with anyone who is ill.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes. When possible, cough, sneeze or blow your nose into a tissue, and throw the tissue away.
  • If you are sick, especially with shortness of breath, severe cough, fever or severe chest pain, call a doctor or healthcare provider for instructions on being safely examined.
  • Avoid social gatherings where 10 people or more would come into close contact.
  • Practice social distancing: keep at least six feet away from other people in a group.
For more information on prevention measures and the latest guidance, download the free MS Ready mobile app or visit Follow MSDH by email and social media at


Anonymous said...

Be of my best friends died Thursday. 32 years. I don’t get to go to the funeral. Only family. I get it, but it breaks my heart.

Anonymous said...

Another human being wrote: "Be of my best friends died Thursday. 32 years. I don’t get to go to the funeral. Only family. I get it, but it breaks my heart."

First, the writer quoted and I are just a couple of people posting anonymously on a small back corner of the Internet, so as little as it may matter, you have my sympathy for your lost and situation.

With that said, here's a thought. King, why not anchor this thread at the top. It starts with just one anonymous person, one anonymous loss, but maybe it's a sign. No arguments allowed, no "information" allowed, no "I heard on..." allowed. Just one small place for decent people to offer well-wishes to their fellow human beings. Yeah, actually, sometimes it really is that simple.

So, with that said, charish your time, your family and friends, do what you can to protect the vulnerable, help when and where you can, and be a person folks can look to as an example...even if no one is looking.


Anonymous said...

I’m sure all the “member owners” of the electric power monopolies could use the capital credits these coop “friends” are hoarding from their members right about now.

Anonymous said...

It’s a hoax!

Anonymous said...

What about the constitution? Are we just going to suspend that for some coughing and dead boomers?

Anonymous said...

So, is this a recommendation or a legal decree?

Anonymous said...

How difficult it is to recommend a mask? It’s a respiratory disease. The department of health and CDC are out of their common sense.

Anonymous said...

In Pearl, All the stores are wide open. The traffic is very busy. Like nothing has happened.

Anonymous said...

11:06; It would not be improper for you to show up at graveside and stand 50 yards or more off. That would be respectful. I've done that before.

Anonymous said...

These unconstitutional actions are a virus that will kill the republic.

Anonymous said...

As best I can figure, the government guidance is:

a. If you are not sick, stay at home.
b. If you are sick, stay at home.

Soon stores will be closing, not to keep customer crowds away, but because they have no customers.

And there will be a ripple effect all the way up the supply chain.

This could end up in another 1929 type depression.

Anonymous said...

All you chicken littles can stay home. But don't force free people and private businesses to suffer just because you are terrified by the seditious lying press.

Anonymous said...

Time to tell the government to stick it where the sun don't shine. Rather die than to be told not to live.

Anonymous said...

8:44, I have family locked down in Italy. Trust me, this is real and because of people like you we are headed for Italy’s fate.

Anonymous said...

why could China contain this? South Korea? Vietnam? Singapore? They listened to the health and science people. Temporary restrictions followed. problem controlled. i think the USA is going to have a serious problem because people here do what they want and since we rarely face hardship don’t ever consider the greater good. enjoy the outlets now and get ready to fight corona at home alone... you do have a 4 in 5 chance of being ok...

Anonymous said...

Some people will die with their ideology.

Anonymous said...

All you people arguing that this is about freedom and the constitution are gonna learn a tough lesson. Might not happen to you personally but it will to someone you know. This is a real thing. Listen to the press releases that doctors and the CDC are putting out. They're not the press. They have nothing to gain by spreading this info.

Anonymous said...

Some ideologies are worth dying for. The Bill of Rights and Constitution of the United States of America must withstand moments of panic. You dont suspend it. You don't pretend a virus is more important than the rights enshrined by the founding father's. They had disease and viral outbreaks back then too. You aren't smarter then they were. Democrats certainly aren't either.

Anonymous said...

All this really shows how Conservatism is a mental illness.

Anonymous said...

11:09, hey dumbass, you don’t have the right to go around infecting people. I guarantee you that in times of national emergency George Washington would not hesitate to quarantine people if deemed necessary.

Anonymous said...

Ideology of personal freedom inherently comes with personal responsibility. We’re saying we can take care of ourselves without government mandates. What it doesn’t mean is irresponsible people have the freedom to needlessly endanger others. I’m a strong supporter of the Constitution, but I’ve lost all hope of Americans working together as a society. Too many selfish people are hiding behind the Constitution to justify their dangerous behavior. As far as I’m concerned they are not Americans, they are sovereign citizens improperly using personal freedoms without any regard to other Americans. Deliberate actions that endanger others is exactly how those freedoms get restricted.

Anonymous said...

@12:14 & 12:35
I am 11:09 and I'm not going around town infecting anyone. I'm one of the few that's been wearing a mask all month. That's all it takes is wear a damn mask and we dont have to shred the constitution. You jackasses are willing to shred the constitution instead of something as simple as wearing a mask.

Anonymous said...

All we need to do is what we should've been doing since January. Wear masks.

It's so simple. It's what they are doing in Japan and Korea. It is what Asians do every cold and flu season. Put the mask on and preserve the constitution.

That's what George Washington, Ben Franklin, and the rest of the founding fathers would do today.

Why do liberals always resort to unnecessary complication, erosion of freedoms, and personal attacks?

Anonymous said...

6:35 - evidently you might have a reading comprehension problem. But at least that's better than the "constitutional scholars" her at 6:41, 7:53, 11:09 and elsewhere (although they all sound like the same voice, repeating itself).

This is a recommendation. Read again: "recommendation".

I don't see anywhere in this release from the MDOH that this is a mandate.

As such, please 6:41, and 7:53, and 11:09 - tell me where the "constitutional issue" is with this statement.

Answer: It doesn't exist.

And as to 6:52 - masks do nothing to keep one from getting infected, unless you are actually talking about a respirator. Surgical masks are designed to protect others from your emissions - they are designed for Drs in the surgical suites, so that they don't breath germs INTO an open body. They are not designed to protect one as you breath in.

So, besides the need for the health care professionals to need the available masks - your suggestion of offering masks rather than recommendations does little other than to show your ignorance.

But don't feel bad, 6:52 - you are in plenty of good company - plenty of folks showing off their ignorance nowdays.

Anonymous said...

@1:22, Wearing a mask contains your sneezing, snotting, and coughing. If everyone is wearing a mask the airborne droplets are minimal.

Anonymous said...

This Chris McDaniel supporter has been drinking the Hoppes #9. No one is making anyone do anything, or shredding the constitution, they are trying to keep dumbasses from being dumbasses. I love my freedom, my guns, and my friends and family. I’m also doing yard work, hunting, fishing, and cooking at the house. I am not going out to eat or going shopping. I also have the freedom to tell you and your internet badassness to go 3825 yourself.

Anonymous said...

Well, China began this. They had it for months before we heard of it and had a cure. Strange thing is, China controls 85% of our pharmaceutical drug industry. Go figure. For those that think socialism /communism is good? This is their method of operation. And just think, Patton was killed because he wanted to invade China and The Soviet Union and put an end to their ideology.

Anonymous said...

this thread proves one thing, and here it is: The flood gate is wide open and you can post whatever irrelevant, goofy, disjointed, racist, politically inebriated bullshit you want to in hopes of making yourself feel valuable and relevant. Then you'll go to bed and wake up still confused and feeling worthless.

Anonymous said...

Italy has Europe's oldest population.
Italy has a high percentage of its population that smokes compared to the US.
Italy has centralized medicine, the US does not yet.
Italy has a fraction of the ICU beds that the US has.

Comparing the Italy to the US is disingenuous.

1:22 here said...

@ 1:17 & 1:57 - true enough. But there aren't 300million masks avaialable in the country. There aren't a million available in Mississippi (for its 2.8 million population.)

Yes - IF. But your IF is not possible.

And - you shouldn't be wearing the same mask every day. So lets say you get three days use from your mask; and we have three weeks of need for your mask theory.

That would be 7 times the 300 million population. Where you going to get those masks?

Your solution solves "some" of the spreading possibilities - but it takes away the masks from those that really "NEED" them - the health care professionals.

So - come back with me again on how this great suggestion works where we can all go about our business if we would all wear masks.

Anon-E-Mouse said...

All the cities on the coast just went to take out orders for restaurants.

Anonymous said...

All Mask are not created equal.

A N95 masks will block 95% of airborne germs.

A common surgical mask will only keep you from spreading germs.

Anonymous said...

"And - you shouldn't be wearing the same mask every day."

Thanks for stating the obvious.

At 6:28, it's a sad but true fact that many of our fine citizens wear the same underwear for days at time.
I know this as I work in a major hospital.

If this segment of society is not concerned about clean underwear, why in the Hell do you think they are concerned about a fresh surgical mask.

I doubt any of this group has ever even held a surgical mask, much less tried to wear one.

Anonymous said...

How many of you losers who claim you will die rather than surrender your “freedom” served in the military in combat? The silence will be deafening.

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