The Washington County Board of Supervisors will meet for their regular meeting at 9 a.m. Monday, but the meeting itself will not be open to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Monday’s meeting agenda will include reports from the emergency management director, county engineer, road manager, planning director, justice court clerk, veterans service officer, county patrolwoman, Warfield Point Park director, and the Washington County Convention director.
In addition, Mark Hooker of Hooker Engineering Services, Inc. will be presenting bid tabulations to the board as well as finalizing an upcoming project.
To be in compliance with social distancing guidelines, the meeting will not be open to the public but residents are encouraged to write any concerns or inquiries down and submit them.
However, residents can expect a live streaming of the meeting by searching for the meeting on Facebook.
Some members of the board will participate in the meeting by use of technology to exercise even more caution.
Since the last BOS meeting, which took place on March 17, the number of COVID-19 cases across the state as reported by the Mississippi Department of Health (MSDH) has more than quadrupled.
The MSDH, who began reporting March 11, reported there was a total of 21 positive cases of COVID-19 in the state as of March 17; there were a total of 1,358 cases and 29 deaths as of Friday.
Delta Regional Medical Center medical director Dr. Robert Corkern was present at the last meeting in which at the time, no COVID-19 case had been reported for Washington County.
During the March 17 meeting, he said, “You should assume it probably already is here.”
On March 20, it was confirmed Washington County had its first COVID-19 case and as of Friday, there have been 31 confirmed cases.
That Friday, both the city and county took active measures to protect residents and combat the spread.
Mayor Errick Simmons issued an order, which mandates there be no gatherings of more than 10 people occurring within the boundaries of the City of Greenville.