Hattiesburg, Mississippi – While there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Mississippi, Mayor Toby Barker convened with external stakeholders in the medical, education and emergency management communities on Monday, March 9 to discuss potential impacts and plans related to coronavirus.
On Tuesday, March 10, the City of Hattiesburg’s administrative team issued a memo to employees restricting out of town city-sponsored travel for 45 days. This measure is being implemented to lessen the potential impacts of the transmission of coronavirus.
Barker stated, “The spread of COVID-19 potentially poses significant challenges for our community, and we want to prepare and make responsible decisions that can best keep our citizens and their families healthy and safe. For these reasons and more, we are working diligently with our subject matter experts in the medical community and taking extra precautions on the front-end.”
The city has launched a website to help follow any pertinent updates provided by the CDC, the Mississippi Department of Health, the local medical community and education institutions. That site can be accessed by visiting http://hattiesburgms.com/coronavirus.