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Coronavirus Update: Chamber of Commerce, businesses, social security office announce changes

On Tuesday morning Mississippi State Department of Health reported 9 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi.

New coronavirus cases have been identified in Harrison, Hinds, Jackson and Leflore counties. The state total now stands at 21, with 389 individuals tested.

No cases have yet been confirmed in Adams County but local businesses and organizations are taking steps to limit the public’s chances of exposure to the disease.

Below is a list of other closings and cancellations announced recently in the Miss-Lou:

Natchez-Adams Chamber of Commerce

The Natchez-Adams Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday that it is suspending several meetings and activities over the next few months, until further notice, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those suspensions include Friday Forums, Ribbon Cuttings and After-Hours and committee meetings. The chamber’s annual golf and tennis tournament, scheduled for April 3, as well as the Leadership Kickball Tournament, scheduled for April 18, are postponed and will be rescheduled to a later date.

“Currently, we have decided to continue to keep the YP Natchez Bicycle Classic, which will be held as planned on May 23,” said Debbie Hudson, chamber president and CEO.

Belk

As a result of the recent COVID-19 developments, Belk has decided to temporarily close their stores. The health and safety of Belk customers, employees and communities is their first priority in making the decision, company officials said in a press release.

There have been no decisions on when the stores will begin operating again and therefore as a result, we are canceling all current marketing efforts in our Belk communities.

United Mississippi Bank

All United Mississippi Bank locations will temporarily close their lobbies starting Wednesday, March 18, in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

UMB’s drive-thru services will remain open during normal operation hours at each branch location. In addition, online banking, mobile banking and automated telephone banking are available for remote banking transactions. Employees will also be available to offer customer assistance by phone.

Limited in-person appointments are available for customers needing loans, new account services and safety deposit box access. To schedule an appointment, call 844-862-4862.

“Our goal is to continue offering full service banking, with extremely limited lobby access to protect our employees and our community,” said CEO, Adrian Sandel. “We appreciate your patience as wait times may increase. As always, ATM’s, online banking, mobile and automated telephone banking will still be available 24/7 for your convenience. Our loan officers remain ready to discuss your existing loans or new loan requests, via telephone and e-mail during this time. Thank you for choosing to bank with UMB.”

Natchez National Historical Park

The National Park Service announced Tuesday that all sites of the Natchez National Historical Park will be temporarily closed effective at noon Tuesday.

“Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and recommendations from state and local public health authorities in consultation with National Park Service Public Health Service Officers, all sites of the Natchez National Historical Park, including Melrose and the William Johnson House, are temporarily closed to the public as of noon, March 17, 2020,” a press release states. “Updates will be posted to the park website and social media channels.”

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/natc

Social Security offices

All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. This decision protects the population we serve—older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions—and our employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  However, we are still able to provide critical services. The Social Security offices’ secure online services remain available at www.socialsecurity.gov. Local offices will also continue to provide critical services over the phone. The Social Security Administration is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local governments, and other experts to monitor COVID-19 and will let you know as soon as we can resume in-person service.