Mission 22 hosts car and bike show to raise money for veteran assistance

Over 120 vehicles registered for the show, and all of the registration fees will go back into the organization.

240 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths reported in Miss. Friday

  COVID-19 in Mississippi: 240 new cases reported Fri.

214 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths reported in Miss. Thursday

  Mental health stigma dissolving some since pandemic put the issue in the spotlight

218 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths reported in Miss. Wednesday

  State Health Officer: We’re getting gradually closer to normalcy and a mask-free future

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  In Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta, millions face long drives to stroke care

Reeves issues new executive order; Masks in schools only remaining COVID-19 restriction in Mississippi

Mississippi casinos will decide whether or not to enforce masks following restriction rollback

  Mississippi vaccinations drop 25% in April

Sandersville under boil water advisory

161 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths reported in Miss. Thursday

  USM College of Nursing to hold recognition & pinning ceremony at Hattiesburg church

Nursing students at the University of Southern Mississippi eagerly await graduation next week.

  Mississippi population loss potential factors: healthcare and education

Healthcare and education are challenges in Mississippi that some say may have contributed to population loss.

Only 52% of Mississippi parents intend to vaccinate their children against COVID-19

Mississippi will resume the use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine after a temporary halt.

334 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths reported in Miss. Wed.

In the eight Pine Belt counties, 33,468 COVID-19 cases and 683 deaths have been reported.

  COVID-19 vaccine demand slowing in Mississippi

Virtual town hall on vaccines to be held for Miss. university students

  Several music and food festivals returning to the Hub City

  Volunteers pick up litter in Hattiesburg during Great American Cleanup

  ‘Heroes Walk’ for Hope Clinic held as virtual event

  Ellisville Garden Club sprucing up the city

319 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths reported in Miss. Thurs.

To date, more than 2.6 million people have been tested for coronavirus in Mississippi.

  Hattiesburg church raises $11K for addiction recovery organization

The church presented a check for $11,000 to Jeffrey’s Fund Wednesday.

  Tips for parents to help children learn during pandemic

Has the pandemic hindered your child from growing academically?

233 new COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths reported in Miss. Wed.

In the eight Pine Belt counties, 33,359 COVID-19 cases and 681 deaths have been reported.

  Experts: Diet culture and mental health may have connection

People suffering from eating disorders may be more vulnerable to the effects of diet culture.

  Multi-million dollar grant will address nurse educator shortage

Nurse educators are in short supply in Mississippi. Because of that, nursing schools often can't accept all of the qualified applicants each year.

  CDC: 1 in 7 children have experienced child abuse in past year

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.

  Pine Belt residents dispose of hazardous household waste at “Right Way to Throw Away Day”

It was a drive-thru event, allowing residents to drop off waste products at no charge.

  Car and bike show in Laurel raises money for child’s medical bills

Child battling rare disease receives financial help.

  With weekly COVID cases increasing slightly in Miss., vaccine hesitancy remains a concern

With coronavirus numbers climbing slightly this week, some health experts are concerned about what that could mean.

  Forrest General Hospital celebrates Donate Life Month

Forrest General Hospital held a Mississippi Organ Recovery Association flag-raising ceremony to commemorate the month-long observance.

New Augusta, Mahned community under boil water advisory

Residents are recommended to boil all water for one minute before it is consumed.

Participants needed for USM, Tougaloo COVID-19 impact study

The research study will aim to show how young adults dealt with challenges brought on by the pandemic.

Budweiser is offering free beer for COVID-19 vaccine recipients

Anheuser-Busch announced “A Beer on Bud,” offering COVID-19 vaccine recipients over the age of 21 a free round of beer.

Participants needed for COVID-19 impact study by USM, Tougaloo researchers

The schools are trying to better understand the challenges young people in the state have faced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

216 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths reported in Miss. Fri.

One Pine Belt death was reported between Aug. 28, 2020, and April 9, 2021.

  You can donate blood after a COVID-19 vaccine, doctors say

About 250-300 donors are needed each day to keep the supply up but there are less than 200 donations daily, Mississippi Blood Services says.

  Doctor speaks about HIV prevention, treatment for Minority Health Month

Dr. Lara Otaigbe wants to get the word out and raise awareness about HIV treatment and prevention.

Hattiesburg native provides support to COVID-19 vaccination effort

Petty Officer 3rd Class Cody West is a 2016 graduate of FCAHS.

410 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths reported in Miss. Thurs.

One death was reported from the Pine Belt.

  Officials say connection between social media and eating disorders is likely

Over the past few years, the conversation regarding both mental health and body image has become more prevalent in society.

  White House COVID advisors speak with WDAM about vaccine concerns

White House experts on COVID-19 are concerned that too many people in Mississippi are choosing not to get the vaccines.

Parents can schedule online COVID-19 appointments for 16 or 17-year-olds in Miss.

The Mississippi State Department of Health says parents can now make vaccination appointments for teens at the department’s free drive-through sites.

275 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths reported in Miss. Wed.

In the eight Pine Belt counties, 33,218 COVID-19 cases and 677 deaths have been reported.

  ‘Young, healthy’ South Mississippi man suffers stroke hours after receiving J&J vaccine

When the news broke about the pause of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine Tuesday, one Coast family was already living with a tragedy they believe was caused by the vaccine.

  CDC updates guidance for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces

The CDC recently changed its guidance for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

  Psychologist discusses signs of autism, tips for parents

For Autism Awareness month, Dr. Dannell Roberts tells what to look for and how parents can help children with autism.

  Pause on J&J vaccine not expected to have drastic impact on vaccination rates in Miss.

None of the cases of J&J complications have been identified in Mississippi.

  Experts say roughly 15 to 18 million children in US are nearsighted

Doctors say myopia’s impact on children has increased over the past one to two years.

  Covington Hospital suspends J&J vaccines, continues Moderna shots

Covington County Hospital has discontinued administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

CORRECTION: COVID death in Miss. was not vaccine-related

[This article is correcting a previous error by WLBT.]

Increasing variants threaten progress against COVID-19 fight, Dobbs says

Mississippi has detected 147 UK variants, 1 South African variant, and 3 Brazilian strains of the virus, officials say.

  Medicaid expansion ballot initiative groundwork underway in Mississippi

Medicaid expansion may be a decision left up to Mississippi voters in 2022.

243 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths reported in Miss. Fri.

In the eight Pine Belt counties, 33,153 COVID-19 cases and 676 deaths have been reported.

  Governor Tate Reeves discusses year two in the fight against COVID-19

Governor Tate Reeves sits down to discuss year two of fighting COVID-19.

LPN openings at Forrest Co. Sheriff’s Office

FCSO announced the openings in a Facebook post Thursday.

240 new COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths in Miss. Thurs.

In the eight Pine Belt counties, 33,140 COVID-19 cases and 676 deaths have been reported.

  Study finds high levels of toxic metals in some baby foods

The report found popular baby food companies have levels of arsenic, cadmium and lead that is causing concern for pediatricians.

  Large swaths of rural America are health care deserts with too few primary care doctors, pediatricians, and OB-GYNs to care for residents

In 207 counties in 2018, there wasn’t a family, general or internal medicine doctor – the primary care doctors mainly for adults, according to an InvestigateTV analysis of federal data.

  Breast cancer survivor says something good came out of 2020

Amy Rozier said looking back, she can honestly say COVID-19 changed her life for the better.

Miss. receives $20.5M for mental health, substance use services

The extra funds will increase access to services for adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbances,

270 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths reported in Miss. Wed.

In the eight Pine Belt counties, 33,126 COVID-19 cases and 676 deaths have been reported.

  Over 550k people fully vaccinated in Miss.

Mississippi is making records when it comes to distributing COVID-19 vaccines!

  Hattiesburg church prepares to become COVID-19 vaccination site

Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Hattiesburg is doing its part in helping families in its community get vaccinated.

Diners at Pascagoula seafood restaurant might have been exposed to hepatitis A

MSDH is investigating two cases of hepatitis A from two employees of Brady’s Steaks and Seafood, who worked at the restaurant while potentially infectious.

Barker extends Hattiesburg mask mandate ‘one more time’

Mayor Toby Barker said the Hattiesburg mandate will remain in place to prevent a surge in the coming weeks.

Miss. receives $29.7M to expand vaccination efforts in minority communities

31 percent of all shots administered have gone to African Americans.

Morgan Freeman: ‘If you trust me, you’ll get the vaccine’

Mississippian Morgan Freeman is urging people to get their COVID-19 vaccine.

  State agencies partner to get vaccines to homebound older adults

Two state agencies are partnering to improve access to COVID-19 vaccines.Their focus? Homebound older adults and minority populations.

  Columbia mother speaks out for Autism Awareness Month

Lavinia Magee advocates for her son and autistic parents as she shares her struggles.

  Hope Clinic gears up for upcoming ‘Heroes Walk For Hope’

“Heroes Walk for Hope” will take place on April 24, 2020, at Temple Baptist Church.

  Few children turn out for annual Lion’s Easter Egg hunt

Less than two dozen children came to the 73rd Community Easter Egg Hunt.

43K Johnson & Johnson vaccines ‘available’ in Miss. next week

State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs made the announcement via Twitter Friday.

284 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths reported in Miss. Fri.

MSDH reports more than 1.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been given statewide.

  Forrest General Hospital hosts nurse career fair

More than 70 people who are seeking to be a nurse or are already a nurse came to participate in the fair.

SCRMC to open new vaccination clinic in Laurel

A new COVID-19 vaccination clinic is coming to Laurel.

MSDH seeking community partners for vaccination efforts

The Mississippi State Department of Health is looking for community partners statewide to help give minority and rural populations access to vaccines

Gov. Tate Reeves extends Safe Recovery Order for another month

The executive order will be effective at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, and shall remain in full force and effect until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2021,