From special reports

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is urging parents to act now and schedule their child’s age-appropriate immunizations before summer is over. Mississippi state law requires children to be immunized against childhood diseases to enter public or private school, Head Start or daycare.

Make an appointment at your county health department clinic to bring your child in for their immunizations. A list of county health department locations along with times and days the clinics are open can be found at

Parents should bring the child’s social security card and insurance card if available. Parents and children over 2 must wear a mask when entering the county health department clinic.

For more information on immunizations, visit


COVID-19 numbers

In Kemper County, there have been 169 cases reported cases of COVID-19 as of Monday. That’s up six reported cases since last week. There have been 12 deaths due to the COVID-19. Of that, 37 outbreaks have been reported in nursing homes. Statewide, Mississippi has 19,799 cases and 895 deaths.