MUW president addresses recent COVID cases

MUW's president addressed the public in a video message regarding recent positive cases of the coronavirus.

Posted: Aug 20, 2020 1:31 PM
Updated: Aug 20, 2020 1:33 PM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - In a video Thursday, the president of Mississippi University for Women (MUW) addressed the recent cases of COVID-19.

App users, open this link to watch. You can also read the video's transcript below.

MUW said on its website Wednesday that seven students had reported testing positive for the virus since Friday, The Associated Press reported, and each had been on campus within a week before the diagnosis.

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs addressed the cases at MUW and Ole Miss during Wednesday’s COVID-19 briefing with Gov. Tate Reeves.

Dobbs said some of the MUW cases can be traced to the Cotton District in Starkville, an area with restaurants and bars that are popular with students from MUW and Mississippi State University, according to The Associated Press report.

Columbus is approximately 26 miles east of Starkville.

Dobbs said the cases at MUW and Ole Miss appear to have originated off-campus.

RelatedMUW shifts nursing class to remote learning after positive COVID cases

Link - MUW's COVID-19 case tracker

Transcript from MUW President Nora Miller

OK, everybody take a deep breath, and then let it out. We’ve had some positive COVID cases here on campus. We knew that was going to happen, and we are prepared. We have protocols that we are following, and we are in communication with the top officials at the Mississippi State Department of Health, and we are following their recommendations.

We responded quickly with getting information about close contacts of those who tested positive, and they have been informed that they were in close contact with someone who tested positive. The state department of health advised us to treat one group as an outbreak since they had three positive cases in that group. Their recommendation was that the entire group go into quarantine, which is what we have done. We will continue to work with the state department of health to get this group tested, and we will follow their guidelines.

If someone gets COVID, or they have to quarantine because they have been in close contact with someone who has COVID, or they were part of a cohort where an outbreak has occurred, it doesn’t mean that they have done something wrong. It just means that they have been around someone who has come down with it, or someone who has been in close contact with someone who had it. This virus can sneak around corners and slip through cracks.

Go back and read our campus renewal plan, and pay attention to the flowcharts that explain what you should do if you have symptoms, if you have been identified as a close contact, or if you have been with someone who has been identified as a close contact.

We are requiring that masks be worn except when we are alone either in our personal workspace or residence hall room, or are eating. We are asking everyone to take their temperatures and use the coronavirus self-checker every day.

We have set up classrooms and meeting spaces that maintain physical distancing, we’ve placed reminders everywhere. We have hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes available. We have misters that are sanitizing classrooms, hallways, auditoriums, etc. We have grab and go selections and carry-out available for dining.

What we need to do now is to remember to take those deep breaths, practice some self-care. Do the Coronavirus self checker every morning. If you don’t feel well, stay home. Avoid being around others. If this means you have to miss class or miss work, notify your faculty members or supervisor.

OK, let’s take another deep breath. Relax, but DON’T relax the vigilance. WEAR your mask. Wash your hands. Maintain physical distance. Don’t gather in groups unless absolutely necessary – and when you do, follow the guidelines about the number of people who can safely meet indoors or out. WEAR the mask!

We can beat this virus if we all do our part. BE a WISE Owl (Willing to Interact in a Safe Environment). Stay safe.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 308111

Reported Deaths: 7122
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto20826248
Hinds19910411
Harrison17510302
Rankin13334276
Jackson13118243
Madison9908210
Lee9871170
Jones8297160
Forrest7525147
Lauderdale7198237
Lowndes6272144
Lamar611084
Lafayette6039117
Washington5281133
Bolivar4772129
Oktibbeha455897
Panola4445103
Pearl River4428141
Warren4284118
Marshall4276100
Pontotoc416972
Monroe4061132
Union403975
Neshoba3994176
Lincoln3871109
Hancock372885
Leflore3468124
Sunflower329589
Tate322782
Pike3188104
Scott310872
Yazoo304468
Alcorn298065
Itawamba297177
Copiah293265
Coahoma289778
Simpson288284
Tippah284868
Prentiss275759
Marion266079
Leake261373
Wayne261341
Grenada255384
Covington254780
Adams246082
Newton245161
George238147
Winston225981
Tishomingo222267
Jasper219748
Attala213473
Chickasaw205057
Holmes186872
Clay182854
Stone179331
Clarke177076
Tallahatchie175540
Calhoun163531
Yalobusha159236
Smith158834
Walthall130643
Greene129433
Lawrence126423
Noxubee126233
Montgomery125542
Perry125138
Carroll120926
Amite120141
Webster113532
Jefferson Davis105432
Tunica102725
Claiborne101330
Benton97325
Kemper95428
Humphreys94332
Franklin82123
Quitman78916
Choctaw73417
Wilkinson64928
Jefferson64828
Sharkey49617
Issaquena1686
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 520503

Reported Deaths: 10722
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson754091487
Mobile38938798
Madison33898495
Tuscaloosa25297443
Montgomery23992567
Shelby23124239
Baldwin20652300
Lee15541165
Calhoun14301311
Morgan14145270
Etowah13665346
Marshall11967219
Houston10381278
Elmore10001200
Limestone9822147
Cullman9481188
St. Clair9435234
Lauderdale9223227
DeKalb8748181
Talladega8071171
Walker7100275
Jackson6762110
Autauga6734103
Blount6497135
Colbert6210130
Coffee5404112
Dale4766110
Russell429038
Franklin419982
Chilton4087109
Covington4056114
Tallapoosa3898146
Escambia388574
Dallas3531149
Chambers3503122
Clarke346560
Marion3066100
Pike305876
Lawrence295395
Winston272572
Bibb256459
Marengo248661
Geneva245875
Pickens233059
Barbour225255
Hale218775
Butler212566
Fayette209260
Henry187744
Cherokee182144
Randolph176941
Monroe172040
Washington164238
Macon154848
Clay149555
Crenshaw149257
Cleburne146241
Lamar139334
Lowndes136553
Wilcox124327
Bullock121340
Conecuh109128
Perry107926
Sumter102932
Coosa99328
Greene91034
Choctaw58724
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