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Pearlie Maddox

Pearlie Maddox, 67, born in November 1952, died in Memphis, Tenn.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, July 31 with Pastor Hemphill officiating. Graveside is at McLaurin Memorial Garden. Visitation is 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, July 30 at Century Funeral Home.

Century Funeral Home is handling arrangements.



Jimmie Monroe Pierce

Jimmie Monroe Pierce, 102, a retired farmer from Alligator, died Sunday, July 26, 2020 at Methodist Central Memphis, Tenn. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Clarksdale. Meredith Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale is handling the arrangements.



Jeffery Gooch

Jeffery Gooch, 53, born in May 1967, died in Batesville.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2 with the Rev. Powell officiating. Graveside is at McLaurin Memorial Garden. Visitation is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 at Century Funeral Home.

Century Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


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Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson, 72, of Tutwiler died Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in Clarksdale.

A viewing will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 10, 2020 at Delta Burial Funeral Home in Clarksdale.






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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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Michael Scott Monaghan

Michael Scott Monaghan, 66, a dispatcher at the University of Mississippi and former Clarksdale resident, died Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Baptist Hospital in Oxford.

Mike, who lived in Oxford, was an avid reader.




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