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George Evans Jones Jr.

George Evans Jones, Jr., 78, of Columbus died on July 31, 2020 at West Point Community Living Center in West Point. He was born July 21, 1942 in Columbus to Willie White and George Evans Jones, Sr. He was a Pharmacy Clerk for 15 years and was a member of First United Methodist Church. George was a Veteran of the Army National Guard.


Ethel Johnson

Ethel Johnson, 70, of Clarksdale, born in December 1950, died.

Funeral services are noon Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020 with the Rev. Tyler officiating. Graveside services are at Oak Ridge Cenetery. Visitation is 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 at Century Funeral Home.

Century Funeral Home is handling arraangments.




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Ericka Wilson

Funeral services for Ericka Wilson, of Memphis and formerly of Clarksdale, will be held at noon Saturday, Jan. 25,2020 at Chapel Hill Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2020.

 


Pearlie Mae Fair

Pearlie Mae Fair, 79, born Aug. 16, 1940, died at Desoto Nursing Home in Southaven Jan. 16, 2020.

Funeral services are noon Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at Century Funeral Home Chapel in Clarksdale. Burial is at McLaurin Cemetery in Lyon. Visitation is noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2020.



Coahoma coronavirus count

By JOSH TROY / PRESS REGISTER,

 

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.


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Leon Thomas Corso

Leon Thomas Corso, 96, of Clarksdale and a retired owner/operator of Corso Liquor Store and worked with his father at Corso Distributing, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2019 at home. Visitation is 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, June 28, 2019 at Riverside Baptist Church in Clarksdale. Funeral services are 2 p.m.


Police Report

The following crime reports were released by the Clarksdale Police Department Assistant Chief Vincent Ramirez, Sept. 9 through Sept. 17, 2019.

Anyone with information about these crimes or any other crimes is urged to call the Clarks-dale Police Department at 621-8156. All calls remain anonymous.

Mon. Sept. 17



Patricia Clark

Patricia Clark, 50, of Clarksdale died Friday, February 28, 2020 at home in Clarksdale.

A viewing will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2020 at Delta Burial Funeral Home in Clarksdale.



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