Coronavirus News

City of Pearl Shelter in Place Information Hotline: 601-933-7100 (4.3.20)

Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline: 877-978-6453

Governor Tate Reeves Shelter In Place Executive Order 1466 until April 20.  (4.1.20)  /sites/default/files/1466%20highlighted.pdf

Governor Reeves Executive Order 1463 on Social Distancing and Businesses (3.24.20)    /sites/default/files/Executive%20Order%201463%20%20-%20essential%20businesses.pdf

"What is Essential?" Click here for MEMA guidancehttps://www.msema.org/news/covid-19-frequently-asked-questions-answers/

State Dept. of Health website with latest information: https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,0,420.html

Business Loans: SBA Disaster Loans are available to Small Businesses in MS, apply at :https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/ApplyOnline

Unemployment: If you have been laid off or lost a job please apply for unemployment benefits online at https://mdes.ms.gov/unemployment-claims/ or call 888-844-3577.

Description of the Cares Act/Paycheck Protection Program for employers and employees: /sites/default/files/Paycheck%20Protection%20Program%20Overview.pdf

Trash Pick-Up: Waste Management is asking residents to refrain or limit the amount of non-essential waste placed at the curb such as bulky and yard waste materials at this time.  Yard waste includes items such as grass clipping, brush, or tree limbs that do not fit safely inside your container.   Regular collections are continuing but there may be delays due to the volume of trash and precautions being taken by the company. 

 

Monday, April 6: Pearl Day Concert rescheduled to Oct. 30.

Friday, April 3: Statewide Shelter-in-Place ordered by Gov. Reeves until April 20.

Monday, March 30: Updated City Operations

City offices are fully operational and maintaining essential operations.

 

City Hall: In an effort to follow MS Department of Health protocols, All city offices will conduct a majority of city business via phone and email. This will help us limit foot traffic in city buildings.

 

Community Development: Please call the office (601-932-3526)or check on-line for forms and permits at http://www.cityofpearl.com/community-development

 

Public Works:  All water bills must be paid through the drive-up window, online or by mail. If you have a concern or problem and need to speak to someone about your water bill please call the office at (601-932-2262 ext. 1300)

 

Parks and Rec: All Parks are open but limited to gatherings of 10 or fewer people. Youth baseball and softball activities are postponed through  April 30.

 

Public Safety: Please be prepared to answer screening questions in calls for service. In order to better serve our citizens during this time, the dispatcher may ask additional questions to ensure proper response by Police & Fire.

 

Senior Services: The Senior Center is closed through April 30.  Care Packages are available for pick-up and staff can deliver to seniors in need.

 

All current room reservations for the Community Room, Pearl Parks and Rec Building and the Senior Center will be rescheduled for after April 30. No new reservations being taken.

 

These measures are being done to promote the health and safety of the public and our city staff. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation during this very unusual time.

 

Tuesday, March 24

Restaurants: Nearly all Pearl restaurants are open and offering take-out and delivery. Please support our businesses as best you can!

 

Monday, March 23

"Assist our Seniors": The City of Pearl Senior Services is in need of donations to help our prized senior citizens. Many of them can’t get out to shop during this emergency. If you have the means, please consider bringing groceries (bread, canned goods, cereals, meat, vegetables, bottled water, paper goods (toilet paper, tissues, paper towels) cleaning supplies (dish soap, sanitizers, bar or liquid soap) and or monetary donations to the Senior Services Building (behind the Pearl Public Library) starting tomorrow, March 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The city cares for hundreds of seniors every month and many have been shut-in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since they are at highest risk, we want to facilitate delivering essentials to them!.

 

Friday, March 20

Health Dept. confirms first 3 cases in Rankin County.

A reminder from Pearl Public Works: only human waste and toilet paper are flushable. Baby wipes, paper towels, and even “flushable” wipes may clog your sewer line and cause overflows. Let's all work together to avoid problems.

SBA approves disaster loans to businesses for lost revenue. apply here: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

 

Thursday, March 19:

Gov. Reeves closes all public schools through April 17.

 

Wednesday, March 18:

The Mayor's Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for April 11 has been canceled.

 

Tuesday, March 17:

Board of Alderman authorize a Proclamation of Local Emergency

 

Sunday, March 15:

Mayor Jake Windham met with all city department leaders on Sunday and worked out the following proactive precautions to city services in response to the Coronavirus pandemic effective 3/16/2020.

City offices will be fully operational, fully staffed, and maintain essential operations.

 

Pearl Library Closed:

 

The Central Mississippi Regional Library System and the Board of Trustees have made the most difficult decision to close our twenty (20) branches in Rankin, Scott, Simpson and Smith Counties and the Headquarters office in Brandon, MS, to the public. With direction from the Mississippi State Department of Health, the Board of Trustees of CMRLS have decided to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our area, effective Monday, March 15, and until further notice. This closure affects traditional library services, all programs, outreach services, and meeting room reservations made by the library.

 

CMRLS services can still be accessed through our digital materials. There are thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks, music, and more, available 24/7.

We will continue to update our social media and website, Cmrls.lib.ms.us, about any further disruptions to library services. 

 

COVID-19 Testing
Anyone with flu-like symptoms, especially those who are older or in poor health, should see a healthcare provider as a matter of general good health. Healthcare providers can assess individual cases which may need specific testing for COVID-19.
 
Prevention and Preparedness
For Individuals
 
Preventive measures against COVID-19 are the same as those for other respiratory viruses like the flu. To help prevent getting and spreading disease:
 
  • 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.
 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
 
  • 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. 
 
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched often.
 
  • Stay in good overall health by eating right and staying active. If you are living with diabetes, heart disease or other condition, keep in touch with your doctor and stay current with your treatment.
 
  • During or before flu season, get a flu shot. Flu vaccination can prevent the flu or make it less severe, and decrease your chance of hospitalization and death. It also keeps you healthier and better able to fight off infections.
 
For People at High Risk
 
People at risk for serious illness from COVID-19 are older adults and those with a chronic illness such as heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease. These people should take simple precautions at all times to limit their exposure to others who may be ill:
 
  • Keep more space between you and others as you go through the day.
 
  • Avoid crowds. When you do go out in public, keep away from others who are sick and limit close contact.
 
  • Wash your hands often, especially after being in public places.
 
If COVID-19 begins to spread locally, you should stay home as much as possible. Having a supply of important medications and basic supplies can help.
 
 
 
For the latest information please visit the Health Department website at: