These were the numbers as of Monday, July 6, 2020
COFFEEVILLE – There have been 22 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Yalobusha County during the last week, pushing the total number of cases in the county to 173 since March 11. The latest tally includes an elected official after District 3 Supervisor Kenny Harmon tested positive last week.
Although he was still waiting for his test results, Harmon had already self-quarantined prior to an emergency supervisor meeting last Wednesday when county officials decided to limit customer access at the county’s courthouses in Water Valley and Coffeeville after another county employee who works in the buildings reported potential exposure to the virus.
“I have slept more during the last six days than I have slept in the last six weeks,” Harmon reported from his residence Monday afternoon. He explained his symptoms started with a dry cough and he decided to get tested as a precaution. “I really thought I got too hot,” Harmon added about early symptoms of the virus after working outside for several days. In the days that followed, he said the symptoms have included fever and aches.
“The biggest thing, you feel like somebody took a stick and beat you,” Harmon said.
Harmon added that he was thankful that he took precautions while awaiting the test results, explaining that family members, his road crew workers and others in close proximity to him who have been tested for the virus have all had negative test results.
Yalobusha County EMA Director Dalton Coleman reported that there are currently 26 active cases in the county as of Monday. He added that the majority of these active cases are in the Coffeeville, Tillatoba and Oakland areas, with around six in the Water Valley area.
Coleman noted that even with the increase in confirmed cases in Yalobusha County, neighboring counties including Lafayette and Grenada have been hit much harder. He speculated that these spikes will likely affect the number of cases in Yalobusha County, as many people who live in the Water Valley area work or shop in Oxford, while many people in Tillatoba, Oakland and Coffeeville areas work or shop in Grenada.
Coleman also reminded everyone that the City of Grenada has implemented mandatory face mask policy requiring the public to wear masks inside all businesses starting Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. Violators can be fined up to $1,000 per offense.
Coleman also said he plans to schedule another face mask giveaway in mid-July, this time in the Oakland area, “We haven’t had a mask give-away at Oakland yet and a lot of our new cases are from that area,” Coleman explained.
With limited access, much of the county business is again being conducted at the entrances of the buildings as a precaution to protect county employees and customers. Customers can contact the appropriate department by phone to handle routine business or go to the entrances of the courthouses.
To make a phone payment for vehicle license tags, property taxes or for other tax-related questions, contact the tax assessor/collectors office at (662) 473-1235 in Water Valley or (662) 675-8707 in Coffeeville.
To make a phone payment for your county garbage bill, contact the county’s garbage department at (662) 675-8555.
To contact the Chancery Clerk’s offices call (662) 473-2091 in Water Valley or (662) 675-2716 in Coffeeville.
To contact the Circuit Clerk’s offices call (662) 473-1341 in Water Valley or (662) 675-8187 in Coffeeville.
To contact the county’s justice court office call (662) 675-8115.
To contact the county’s EMA or E-911 office, call (662) 675-2556.