Visit Jackson Offers Info on Covid-19, Travel and Safe Practices
Visit Jackson is committed to keeping abreast of information from local, state, and national partners to continually monitor the ever-evolving situation associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, acting as an information liaison for our visitors, clients, and stakeholders.
In an attempt to slow down the spread of any virus, we are providing additional hand sanitizer units in the JXN Welcome Center and Visit Jackson offices to further the safety measures of our visitors and stakeholders alike. We have also increased the number of times a day we wipe down shared surfaces with recommended cleaning products.
We will continue to monitor the situation and will cooperate with directives from the Hinds County Board of Health (HCBH), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Currently, HCBH is working in conjunction with the Mississippi Department of Health (MSDH) to monitor the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The health and safety of our city’s residents and visitors is Visit Jackson’s highest priority. As you are aware, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a Global Health Emergency. Overall, the risk of infection to Americans due to COVID-19 remains low and there are no travel restrictions or advisories in the domestic United States, which includes Mississippi.
COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus that causes flu-like illness ranging from mild to severe, with symptoms of fever, coughing, fatigue and difficulty breathing. The CDC and MSDH are working to detect, contain and limit the spread of cases in the U.S. and Mississippi should they occur. MSDH is actively planning with doctors and hospitals on how to respond safely and effectively to any case of COVID-19 in Mississippi. The risk of infection to the general public in Mississippi remains low.
What you need to know about COVID-19:
- It was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019.
- It is not currently widespread in the United States, and the risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is low.
- Currently, there are no travel advisories or restrictions for any location in the United States, including the southern region.
- It is important that we all know the facts to avoid misinformation and unnecessary panic.
Visit Jackson encourages all travelers, no matter their destination, to take the precautions suggested by health experts.
Healthy Travel Habits:
- Wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others
- Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
The latest information from health experts regarding COVID-19 can be found on these websites:
- World Health Organization
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- City of Jackson, MS Coronavirus Resource Page
- Mississippi State Department of Health
- University of MS Medical Center
- U.S. Travel Association
Coronavirus Hotline: The Mississippi State Department of Health is now operating a hotline for convenient answers to questions about COVID-19 by phone. Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline (8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday): 877-978-6453
Visit Jackson Questions & Concerns: Please contact Kim Lewis at 601-345-2553 or email@example.com.