The location for DeSoto County and area residents to receive their coronavirus vaccine through the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) may be moving.
DeSoto County EMS Director Mark Davis told the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors Monday morning efforts were being made to move the vaccine shots location from the Landers Center to the Storm Shelter location next to the Arena at Southaven on Highway 51 North.
Davis said MSDH wants to move the vaccines inside instead of continuing the current drive-through facility in the Landers Center parking lot. He said an agreement is in the works, although not finalized, with the City of Southaven to take in the vaccination distribution site at the Storm Shelter building.
The site cannot be moved inside the Landers Center because high school graduation events and other concert activities prevent the site from going insde.
He also recommended the Board extend the county’s state of emergency proclamation for another 30 days, which the Board voted in favor of. The extension keeps the county eligible for COVID-19 grant money that may still be available, Davis said.
On Monday, MSDH reported an additional 316 coronavirus cases and three new virus-related victims in Mississippi. That brings the total number of cases in the Magnolia State since the start of the pandemic last year to 315,026 and the total number of virus-related victims to 7,257.
In DeSoto County, there have been 21,684 cases and 260 victims from coronavirus since March 2020.
You may find all of the case and death numbers in Mississippi on the MSDH website.
DeSoto County Schools reported 13 new positive cases of coronavirus among its school student population during the week ending Friday, May 14. The district also had 103 new quarantines in its student body the past week.
The weekly report from DeSoto County Schools had the most new cases at Lake Cormorant Middle School with three. There were two new cases reported at Horn Lake Middle School, and one each at Pleasant Hill Elementary, Hernando High School, Horn Lake Intermediate, Lake Cormorant High, Walls Elementary, Lewisburg High, Southaven High, and Hope Sullivan Elementary School.
The most new quarantines the past week came from Lake Cormorant Middle with 22. There were 20 new quarantines at Walls Elementary, and 17 new quarantines at Horn Lake Middle School.
DeSoto County Schools had two new staff members have a positive coronavirus test last week.
The weekly report is posted on the DeSoto County Schools website.