Update: MSDH-run testing and vaccination sites to remain closed Tuesday

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Update:

The winter weather has arrived and with it expected to stick around a little while longer, MSDH-run testing and vaccination sites will remain closed Tuesday with the exception of the Coast Coliseum site in Harrison County.

For those who had appointments scheduled, the MSDH website states if we have to cancel your vaccination appointment because of weather, you will still be vaccinated. We will automatically reschedule your vaccination for the same time on a different day and send you notification about the change by phone, text or e-mail.

Original Report:

With the arrival of severe winter weather across the state, the vaccination sites operated by the Mississippi State Department of Health will be closed on Monday.

For those who had appointments scheduled, the MSDH website states if we have to cancel your vaccination appointment because of weather, you will still be vaccinated. We will automatically reschedule your vaccination for the same time on a different day and send you notification about the change by phone, text or e-mail.

The winter storm will continue to reach across the state through Wednesday with snow, ice and record-cold temperatures.

In the anticipation of the severe weather, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency reminds you to prepare your home and your family.
  • Prepare for possible isolation in your home by having sufficient heating fuel; regular fuel sources may be cut off. For example, store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
  • Winterize your home to extend the life of your fuel supply by insulating walls and attics, caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows and installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic.
  • Winterize your house, barn, shed or any other structure that may provide shelter for your family, neighbors, livestock or equipment. Clear rain gutters, repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or other structure during a storm.
  • Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip slightly during cold weather to avoid freezing.
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves, in the case of a pipe bursting.
  • Know ahead of time what you should do to help elderly or disabled friends, neighbors or employees

Also, be sure to check on the elderly and those who may need assistance.

With icy road conditions expected, you should avoid travel if possible. If you must drive, the Department of Transportation provides the following tips:

  • Remember, ice will form on bridges and overpasses quicker than the road.
  • Slow down; should winter weather conditions become present, black ice can form.
  • Allow more space between the vehicles around you.
  • Brake early and gently to avoid skidding, and never slam on the brakes.
  • Avoid distractions, such as talking or texting on a cell phone.
  • Stay alert.

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