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Expectations are sky high for eighth grader Irieyonia “Mook” Jackson’s basketball career at Coahoma Early College High School.
Jackson, a point guard, comes from the town of Coahoma and has been preparing for the big stage with the Lady Tigers since her career began in third grade at Jonestown Elementary School.
Coahoma Early College High School assistant basketball coach Thomas Williams Sr., whose nickname is “ESPNTom,” is recognizing achievements of players in Coahoma County with his first ESPNTom All-State Basketball Team for the 2019-20 season.
Williams Sr. named one team for the boys and another for the girls with 10 athletes each.
When will I write my last coronavirus column or story for your Clarksdale Press Register?
I don’t know.
I do know I will not write a column next week that even mentions COVID-19.
Next week I’ll write about Good News!
The crush started at Walmart Thursday night as the community geared up for Gov. Tate Reeves' order to shelter in place until April 20.
The store was filled with people and sheriff’s deputies were called to enforce a one-person, one-buggy rule.
A higher than normal COVID-19 infection count and easy accessibility to Memphis, Arkansas and the heart of the Mississippi Delta are reasons Coahoma County was chosen as one of the state’s first two mobile testing sites last week.
Twenty-five Coahoma County residents took advantage of the mobile testing site for the coronavirus in the parking lot of the Expo Center throughout the day on Friday, March 27. The Mississippi State Department of Health and the University of Mississippi Medical Center organized the testing.“(Clarksdale) was chosen due to a high number of cases and more accessibility for testing,” said Liz Sharlot, Communication Director for MSDH.
Sharlot would not speculate on why the local case count was higher other than to say the disease is new and the state health department continues to learn more about the disease every day.
Clarksdale is the first major community south of the Memphis Metroplex and does have access to a bridge over the Mississippi River. Clarksdale is the northern gateway to the Mississippi Delta.
Locals who felt they had been exposed to the disease were ushered into tents by medical personnel in full bio-hazard suits. The potential patients were then screened for where they had been, how they felt and medical history. Samples were collected by doctors and vans stood by to carry anyone needing advanced healthcare to local hospitals.
According to Marc Rolph, executive director of communications for UMMC, the results of the tests were not available on Friday. It will take several days to determine whether or not those tested had the coronavirus.
As of Tuesday morning, there were 21 reported COVID-19 cases in Coahoma County and no deaths. There were 937 cases in Mississippi and 20 deaths.
There was also a testing site at Lewisburg High School in Olive Branch on the same day.
Rolph reported 85 Desoto County residents took the coronavirus test on Friday.
“Not only is it a bigger, more densely populated area, but they’ve got a pretty strong number of cases already,” Rolph said.
There are 84 reported COVID-19 cases reported in Desoto County and one death as of Tuesday morning.
Olive Branch is also approximately 30 minutes from Memphis, which is in Shelby County. There were 405 reported cases of the coronavirus in Shelby County as of Tuesday morning.
Testing for the coronavirus in Mississippi is not finished.
“I think there’s some talk about other similar operations happening next week, but I just think it’s too early to disclose any location,” Rolph said.
Vicksburg and Greenwood were the site of mobile testing facilities on Tuesday, a massive testing facility was slated to open in Meridian today and a fourth testing location was scheduled for Natchez on Thursday.
Rolph said while healthcare professionals will handle the sick, he said the public could help by following a few simple rules:
“Stay home,” Rolph said. “If you don’t have to leave your house, don’t.
“Social distancing is important,” he added. “If you don’t have to be in any groups, don’t.”
Rolph said social distancing is just as important in every community, whether it has a smaller population like Coahoma County or is a big city.
Sharlot urged anyone who thinks they have been exposed to coronavirus to get tested.
“They should call their healthcare provider immediately; do not just show up,” said Sharlot.
She also said the MSHD website -- https://msdh.ms.gov/ -- is packed with information about the disease, prevention and general information.
EDITOR'S NOTE: See daily coronavirus case count and Mississippi State Department of Health updates at noon each day.
All high schools in Coahoma County are scheduled to open after spring break next week, but due to the coronavirus, three of the districts are not going back until Tuesday.
The Clarksdale and Coahoma County school districts and Clarksdale Collegiate Public Charter School will be closed Monday and open again on Tuesday.
Coahoma County saw the number of COVID-19 cases in the county once again increase by only one Tuesday to 30 confirmed cases of the disease.
The community reported its first case of the disease on March 18 and its first death Saturday.
The Clarksdale Municipal School District unanimously selected a 26-year veteran in education Dr. Earl Joe Nelson to be the next superintendent of the school district Wednesday afternoon.
Nelson succeeds Dennis Dupree, who retired after spending 12 years in the position.
George Henderson, 74, of Detroit, Mich. died Jan. 15, 2020 at Harper Hospital in Detroit, Mich. At 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 public viewing was at Mt. Ary Missionary Baptist Church followed by funeral service at noon with Pastor Michael Moore presiding. Burial followed at Church Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to
Robert Lloyd Bailey, Jr., died on the twenty-first of January 2020, after a long illness. Bob was the son of the late Robert Lloyd Bailey and Frances Sumner Bailey whose grandfather established the town of Sumner. Bob was preceded in death by his cousins, June Sumner Glenn of Crawfordsville, Ark.; Taylor Sumner Spradling of Clarksdale; Joy Su
Offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins is projected to be selected in the first or second round of the NFL Draft this weekend, but the Clarksdale native has not forgotten his roots.
Tatyana R. Anderson, 20, of Robinsonville died Jan. 22, 2020 at Baptist Desoto in Southaven,. Public viewing is 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 31, 2020 at Hornburger-Byas Funeral Home. Funeral service is 2:30 p.m. Feb. 2, 2020 at Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Luster Tyler presiding. Burial follows at Heavenly Rest Cemetery.
The Coahoma Early College High School boys basketball team has opened the 2018-19 season with a 4-0 start.
The Tigers defeated Clarksdale High School 86-71, won at Leflore County 79-41, at Simmons 57-43 and at home against West Tallahatchie 84-61.
Modena Taylor Buchanan, 91, of Marks died Nov. 9, 2019 in Sanford, Fla. Public viewing is from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 at Hornburger Byas Funeral Home. Funeral service is noon Nov. 23, 2019 at Valley Queen M.B. Church in Marks with the Rev. Bernard Handy presiding. Burial follows at Belleview Family Cemetery in Hinchcliffe.
Clarksdale Municipal School District board members are looking to give all prospective candidates for the superintendent position an opportunity to learn about all of its schools.
Careful, Clarksdale criminals. You don’t know who is watching.
That’s the message Clarksdale city leaders are saying as they agreed Monday to seek bids for a system that will place cameras in the city’s high-crime areas.