Rep. Lester “Bubba” Carpenter, a Republican from Burnsville, is one of more than 40 state lawmakers who tested positive for COVID-19.

There have been several cases of COVID-19 in the Crossroads area.

Some require hospitalization while others can self quarantine at home. Those who’ve caught the virus say their symptoms somewhat resemble the flu.

“It all started with a cough then I just didn’t feel good,” said Rep. Bubba Carpenter, who recently tested positive for the Coronavirus.

According to Carpenter he called Segars Clinic in Iuka where they conducted a rapid test and within 30 minutes to an hour he had his results.

“I immediately freaked out a little because I run a business and I like to stay busy,” said the Burnsville native.

Carpenter said several more symptoms began to kick in not too long after the diagnosis.

“Next I’m having fatigue, joint and muscle aches and that continued cough I already had. I’m surprised I haven’t had any fever,” said Carpenter, who’s treating the symptoms with Tylenol and over the counter medicines.

The state representative is being quarantined in the back bedroom of his home without any contact with his wife, Niesha and son, Noah, who both tested negative.

“They just bring me food and sit it by the door. After I finish eating I place the dirty dishes outside the door and then they wear gloves and pick them up,” he said.

Carpenter said he is tired of being confined to one room, but in order to keep his family safe he must do so.

“I’m so bored. I’ve watched all the Netflix I can watch and I stay on Facebook more than usual now.,” he said. “I don’t even see my family we currently don’t have any face to face conversations we just send texts.”

The lawmaker is glad to receive phone calls more than anything.

“That’s another thing I do now is stay on the phone,” said Carpenter.

Jason Roberts of Glen recently recovered from the virus along with his wife Leanne. the couple contracted COVID-19 during the beginning of last month.

“I began having symptoms on June 5 and on June 9, I tested positive. Leanne began having symptoms while we were waiting on my test to come back,” said Jason Roberts, the administrative pastor at The Bridge in Burnsville.

Roberts and Leanne went into quarantine with their two children. The pastor who is also a diabetic was very concerned when he contracted the virus.

“On television they keep saying those who contract the virus with underlying medical conditions have a more difficult time recovering. This was very worrisome to me,” he said.

The coronavirus reminded Roberts of the flu.

“For the first four days my symptoms consisted of fever, chills, headaches and muscle aches. I began to feel lethargic not too soon after. Around day six I could feel it in my lungs,” he said. “My lungs were hurting and my chest was congested. Everything just came in waves.”

Leanne on the other hand, had a really bad cough, he said. The couple had other family members with underlying medical conditions to contract COVID-19.

According to Roberts everyone in the family who contracted it lost their sense of smell and taste.

“You couldn’t taste food at all, but I’m just so glad we all recovered,” said Roberts.

Like Carpenter, the Roberts clan watched a lot of TV primarily Netflix.

“The two weeks I was in quarantine I was able to work on ministry. Once we got better we did some thorough house cleaning,” he said.

A Corinth woman was diagnosed with the coronavirus at the beginning of last month.

“As soon as my doctor told me I was positive I began crying. I thought I was going to die. The doctor had to calm me down,” said Demetricia Davis, a COVID-19 survivor.

According to Davis, she went to the doctor thinking she had a really bad sinus infection.

“I had a headache, fever, body aches, chills, shortness of breath, coughing and congestion. I had also lost all sense of smell and taste. I didn’t have an appetite at all,” she said.

The doctor told Davis the fourth and fifth day of having coronavirus is the worst.

“I had a lot of fatigue that day. I didn’t have any energy,” she said.

Davis quarantined in an upstairs room at her sister’s house for 14 days.

“Quarantine wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I kept myself occupied. I had my phone, TV, crossroad puzzles and I journaled everyday,” she said. “I also read the bible and listened to music occasionally.

Davis recovered from the virus. Now she encourages people to wear their masks in public, practice social distancing and wash hands frequently.

“I just want to thank God I survived COVID-19,” said Davis.

Roberts wants people to know the coronavirus is real and it’s out there.

“Many people don’t take it serious, but it’s definitely not a joke. It’s serious. It also affects each person differently,” said the pastor.

Carpenter wants to remind the people in his area to follow the state’s health department guidelines if someone is to contract it.

“Stay in quarantine for the two whole weeks like you’re supposed to. I know it’s awkward and boring, but if I can do it so can you,” said the politician.

Staff Writer

Gabby Boyd is a native of Iuka and a graduate of the University of Souther Mississippi where she majored in broadcast journalism. She is a staff writer for the Daily Corinthian and an published fantasy fiction author.

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