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River City Rescue closes store due to COVID-19 scare

The River City Rescue Mission Thrift Store is closed temporarily to clean and sanitize the building following a scare related to the COVID-19 virus, director Earnie Hall said.

The thrift store supports the mission, which is a homeless shelter for men.

Hall said the building was closed immediately as a precaution after he was notified someone with symptoms used the mission’s address as their home address.

“A lot of homeless people give our address,” he said. “We have tested all the men here and none of them tested positive (for COVID-19).”

He said no time has been determined when the store will reopen.

“We are taking all the precautions and trying to be safe,” he said.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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