The Board of Aldermen extended the COVID-19 guidelines for two more weeks at the board meeting on Sept. 2, following Gov. Tate Reeves announcement.

On Aug. 31, Reeves said he made the decision to extend measures with the upcoming holiday weekend in mind.

“We know that with Memorial Day and July Fourth, large gatherings occurred. And, in many instances, there were transmissions that led to an increase in cases,” Reeves said during a live-streamed press conference.

He said the next 10 days are critical to keeping COVID-19 cases from rising.

Although new cases are decreasing since peaking during July, a total of 4,378 new cases were confirmed the previous week.

Reeve’s executive order mandates everyone in the state wear some type of face covering in all schools and businesses as well as in outdoor and indoor public areas where practicing social distancing is not possible.

As of Sept. 2, the Mississippi State Department of Health has reported 80,193 confirmed cases with 2,364 conformed COVID-19 deaths. Currently, there are 67,918 presumed recovered cases in the state.

At the time of the board meeting, the MSDH reported 781 new cases and 33 new deaths.

As of Sept 1, Stone County tallied 323 total cases and 10 COVID-19 related deaths.

While fewer positive cases are being reported locally, neighboring counties are still reporting outbreaks.

Harrison County is reporting 3,375 cases with 58 deaths and Hancock County is reporting 502 cases with 20 deaths.

Three of Stone County’s 10 deaths occurred at long-term care facilities.

The MSDH considers long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes, high risk locations because residents are typically older and not in good health, according to their website.

The Board of Aldermen also voted to keep the senior and handicap bus parked for another two weeks.

The local proclamation is set to expire after on Sept. 16. The board could vote to extend the proclamation at the next meeting.

The Board of Aldermen will meet at Wiggins City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. for the the city’s proposed budget hearing.

The board also:

• Tabled the land code text amendments until the next board meeting.

• Approved a cash request in the amount of $23,079 for Tank Pro, Inc for water system improvements.

• Accepted resignations from two part-time Wiggins Fire Department employees.

• Approved hiring one full-time Wiggins Fire Department employee at $11.50 per hour.

• Approved a pay increase to $12 per hour for one Wiggins Fire Department employee.

• Made a resolution declaring the results of the Aug. 4 special election.

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