Residents encouraged to prepare for increased traffic, police presence in response to Bolivar Co. vaccination site

By February 19, 2021Uncategorized

CLEVELAND, Miss.Beginning Feb. 23, the southwest parking lot of Delta State University’s Horace McCool Stadium will serve as a drive-through COVID-19 vaccine distribution site for Bolivar County, bringing increased traffic and police presence near the vicinity.

Hosted by the Mississippi State Department of Health in partnership with the Bolivar County Board of Supervisors, the Bolivar County Emergency Management Agency, the City of Cleveland and Delta State, the Bolivar County vaccination site is scheduled to operate each Tuesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until further notice.

During the site’s hours of operation, residents in surrounding neighborhoods should expect to see increased police presence as members of the Cleveland Police Department, Bolivar County Sheriff’s Department and Delta State University Police Department will be on-hand to assist with security and traffic.

Drivers should also anticipate increased traffic volume and a slower traffic flow in the area, particularly in the right turning lane for west bound traffic, from the intersection of Highway 8 and Fifth Avenue to Statesmen Boulevard (east of the Lyric Hotel).

In addition, all DSU Athletics traffic and game day traffic will be re-directed on Tuesdays and Fridays from Statemen Boulevard to the nearby residential streets of Shumate Circle, McClain Avenue, Bolling Avenue, and Westminster Drive.

Patience from area residents and community members is requested during the next few months as the City, County, and University work to provide this much needed service of having a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site in Bolivar County.

All appointments for vaccinations at the Bolivar County site must be made through MSDH’s vaccine appointment system and will be based on the eligibility guidelines established by the agency. Appointments cannot be made with city, county or university officials.

To make an appointment, visit covidvaccine.umc.edu or call 877-978-6453.

The Bolivar County Council on Aging, Inc. will provide transportation for those who have limited or no means of transportation. Citizens may contact the Bolivar County Council on Aging Dispatcher Daryeal Lewis or Mobility Manager Doris Green at (662) 846-6161 to schedule transportation to the vaccination site. Proof of appointment must be presented at the time of pickup.

For more vaccine information from MSDH, visit www.msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite.

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