Once the coronavirus reached Mississippi, officials began to take steps to slow the spread of the virus – urging social distancing, limiting public gatherings, closing schools and nonessential businesses – culminating in Gov. Tate Reeves’ shelter-in-place order.
Mississippians are adapting to a new reality. Here, readers share images showing how they are dealing with social distancing and quarantining during the COVID-19 pandemic. View a slideshow of submitted photos below.
Angela South, daughter of Rosemary Taylor, works from home in Madison. Taylor said she’s learning to use Zoom for Sunday school, Bible study and calls with friends and family to stay connected. Photo by Rosemary Taylor
Mary Margaret White, Mississippi Today’s CEO, is figuring out new ways to work and parent. In this photo, she’s walking her 1-year-old around the block in Fondren while on a conference call. Photo by Mary Margaret White
Jade Marie White in Cleveland runs around her house in shades. Jade is enjoying homeschooling/daycare with her dad, Joseph White, during the pandemic. Photo by Joseph White
Estella Dean from Holly Springs enjoys a FaceTime call with her granddaughters. Estella said she is trying to establish a happy balance of working from home and enjoying the weather. Photo by Estella Dean
Emily George, center, and her granddaughters Kaitlyn George, left, and Tayler George have Easter brunch in Ridgeland. Tayler thought of having the brunch, so they put on makeup, got dressed and set the dining room table. Mimosas, eggs Benedict, grits, fruit and Oreo cheesecake were on the menu. Emily said that a joyous time was had by all as they are blessed to have each other. Photo by Paul George.
Anne Eselin Bartin holds a copy of “Stone Motel- Memoirs of a Cajun Boy,” written by her friend and fellow writer, Morris Ardoin. Eslein said the book is great to read during the pandemic. The book is about Morris and his siblings living in their parents roadside motel during the 1960s and 1970s, staying out of trouble while coming in contact with all kinds of strange guests, playing canasta and Morris trying to steer clear of his abusive father. He found he could do this by visiting his loving Cajun grandparents with their thick Cajun French accents. They taught him about love and survival. Photo by Virginia Anne.
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