Saturday, August 7, 2021

Covid-19 Restrictions Return to Courts

 The Mississippi Supreme Court issued the following statement. 

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph issued an emergency order on Thursday, Aug. 5, implementing COVID-19 safeguards in all courts in the state.

            The emergency order gives individual judges discretion to adopt safety measures. Judges have discretion to postpone jury trials scheduled through Sept. 10. The order calls for use of teleconferencing, videoconferencing and electronic filing to limit in-person contact in courts. The order allows felony plea hearings, felony sentencing hearings and probation violation hearings to be conducted remotely by way of interactive audiovisual equipment.

            Chief Justice Randolph in Emergency Administrative Order 21 said, “If not otherwise prohibited, all courts are urged to limit in-person, courtroom contact as much as possible by utilizing available technologies, including electronic filing, teleconferencing, and videoconferencing.” The order said, “Any in-person proceedings shall be limited to attorneys, parties, witnesses, security officers, members of the press, and other necessary persons, as determined by the trial judge.”

            Chief Justice Randolph said that all courts have a constitutional and statutory responsibility to remain open. The order sets out a list of more than a dozen kinds of proceedings which must be conducted in person if remote technology is unavailable or not feasible.

            Judges are strongly encouraged to refer to guidance issued by the Mississippi State Department of Health for preventing spread of COVID-19, including recommendations for social distancing, capacity limitations on gatherings and personal protective measures including face coverings.

            Chief Justice Randolph said the worsening pandemic requires changes to safeguard the public. He said, “Unfortunately, circumstances have precipitously deteriorated, especially with respect to the Delta variant of COVID-19. On today's date, State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers reported to the Court that the Delta variant is much more contagious and spreading three times faster than other strains. 

As of August 2, 2021, there were 1,574 new COVID-19 confirmed infections in Mississippi. Two days later, on August 4, 2021, the number of new confirmed infections had more than doubled to 3,164. These new cases are dominated by the Delta variant and a growing number of infections are found in individuals aged 40 or younger. COVID-19-related hospitalizations and ICU occupancy are rapidly rising to levels seen during the worst days of the pandemic in Mississippi, with multiple hospitals throughout the state at maximum capacity. Unvaccinated Mississippians account for the overwhelming majority of confirmed infections, emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths. 

Dr. Byers further stated that between June 1 and August 1, 2021, unvaccinated individuals accounted for 97% of COVID-19 cases, 89% of hospitalizations, and 82% of deaths. The latest guidance from the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) continues to encourage eligible individuals to ‘get a COVID-l9 vaccination’ and recommends ‘wearing a mask in all indoor public settings, even if you are vaccinated.’ Similarly, ‘to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others,’ federal health authorities now recommend ‘wearing a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.’ According to Dr. Byers, every county in Mississippi presently constitutes ‘an area of substantial or high transmission.’”

            A copy of the Aug. 5 order is at this link:


Anonymous said...

So a non-order order.

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile in Italy, the vaccinated are burning their “green pass” Covid passports in solidarity with the unvaccinated. Time to stand together against tyranny, lockdowns, and mandates.

Remember, you may not have a problem with restrictions, mandates, etc. now. But sooner or later, you or someone you love will be negatively affected by government overreach.... and by then there may be no one left to stand up for you...

Anonymous said...

Now the Jackson "blessings" can be handed out remotely. Great customer service.

Anonymous said...

@ 9:37, nobody left to stand up for me? How about somebody with a remnant of common decency showing basic concern for others, including elderly folks, and kids too young to vaccinate.

Unless my recollection is faulty, wasn't Italy the hardest-hit western European country when this thing took off last year? Don't get me wrong, I love Italy. I love Italians, their food, the babes, whatever you got, but what I remember about my first visit was that their version of high speed trains were the exact same models as the German trains. You could do surgery in the men's room of the German trains but the Italian version was too filthy to use for its intended purpose. You could set your watch by the German trains. In Italy the crew would delay departure so they could go faster. I believe Italians tend to be risk-takers.

I guess I don't care who is left to stand up for me. Here is a link to Johns Hopkins' COVID dashboard. U.S. cases, in red, deaths, in white. You figure it out.

Anonymous said...

@9:37 I personally think the unvaxed should be locked in their homes until this is over, we need to protect you from yourself, it’s the Christian thing to do.

Anonymous said...

Thanks anti-vaxxers

Anonymous said...

The order did nothing. It was simply one more channel for pushing the "unvaccinated" narrative (like this website). The courts should be above that.

Anonymous said...

9:37. For me I hope vaccination becomes mandatory along with masking 24/7. I am willing to protect myself and others today and worry about long term affects later.

Anonymous said...

@12:29 pm you know you bring up a good point. Maybe you should forward that link to Obama and he can pass it around at his massive birthday party he’s throwing in Martha’s Vineyard! The same media, celebs and politicians spewing the fear are all schmoozing and partying it up in huge gatherings…. Newsflash!! They’ve been doing this the entire pandemic, but the plebs are too glued to their CNN and FOX to wake the hell up to the fear porn that’s been drummed into their heads for a year and a half.

Common decency wouldn’t have perfectly healthy people forced to have experimental biotech injected into their bodies multiple times, or as many times deemed necessary by the CDC/government. Just how many shots are you willing to take? Two a year? Once a month? Where do we draw the line?

Common decency would have allowed therapeutics to treat people the moment they tested positive. Instead they were sent home and told to go to the ER if things got worse. HCQ, Ivermectin, Budesonide, all these treatments work but they were denied to patients and that is why so many people died. The Lancet study was botched on purpose, overdosing hospitalized people with HCQ so the EUA could be revoked for it. THAT IS EVIL and your righteous anger should be directed there and not at healthy people who take care of themselves and don’t want an experimental injection with no long term safety data available.

Anonymous said...

Can the Supreme Court do something about protecting the teachers and classroom students?

Anonymous said...

I respectfully suggest that anybody of good will, i.e., the basic social decency of say covering your face when you sneeze in public, glance over this well-wrought item from the NYT.

I know, I know, they're commies. Here's a thought problem. You're drowning, somebody throws you a life preserver, says "Hilary Clinton is a babe!" Do you put on the life preserver in the hope of living long enough to vote for Trump? Or, do you do the right, decent, Christian thing, like a free American and drown?

Anonymous said...

"Meanwhile in Italy, the vaccinated are burning their “green pass” Covid passports in solidarity with the unvaccinated."

Cavolo! No, they aren't. There were a handful of protests, but the majority of Italians supported the measures and many more simply said che sarà sarà and complied. In any case, a "green pass" isn't a "vaccination card." You can also qualify with proof of having had COVID or a recent negative test (obviously, those acquired with negative tests aren't valid long). Italians are perfectly free to sit unvaccinated, untested, and never having had COVID, in their homes without any card or anyone forcing anything on them. If they wish to mingle with sensible people who do not share their feelings, then they must have a "green pass." In this case, one person's rights literally end at another person's nose.

Anonymous said...

100,000 (rounded up) / 331,000,000 (rounded down) = .000302, or .03%.

Number of deaths for leading causes of death:
Heart disease: 659,041.
Cancer: 599,601.
Accidents (unintentional injuries): 173,040.
Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 156,979.
Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 150,005.
Alzheimer's disease: 121,499.
Diabetes: 87,647.

Vaccinate yourself and your family or don’t. This isn’t a morality test.

Anonymous said...

@7:19am - Cool numbers, bro. However, none of those causes of death are attributable to a highly communicable virus that can kill in a matter of days and is spread by the ignorant masses (at this point).

In short, they’re meaningless in this context.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

The courts just got about $2.5 M to help with Covid and the electronic courts did not meet their deadline. The director is requesting more money and another 2 years to complete. With Covid limiting in person, online records are needed. I am surprise you didn’t report on this Kingfish.

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