New Augusta, Mahned community under boil water advisory

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

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

  COVID-19 in Mississippi: 216 new cases reported Fri.

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

  Doctor speaks about HIV prevention, treatment for Minority Health Month

Hattiesburg native provides support to COVID-19 vaccination effort

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

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  Officials say connection between social media and eating disorders is likely

  White House COVID advisors speak with WDAM about vaccine concerns

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

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

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

  CDC updates guidance for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces

  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

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

  Medicaid expansion ballot initiative groundwork underway in Mississippi

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

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

LPN openings at Forrest Co. Sheriff’s Office

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,

271 new COVID-19 cases, 16 deaths reported in Miss. Thurs.

One death was reported from the Pine Belt as it came from Forrest County.

  MSDH issues last-minute guidelines for worship services ahead of Easter Sunday

While Mississippi’s average coronavirus cases remain at nine-month lows, state health leaders are concerned about the possibility of COVID-19 outbreaks during this weekend’s Easter services.

  Healthcare workers reflect on the first year and look ahead to year two of fighting COVID-19

Healthcare workers say there's nothing to compare the last year of fighting COVID to but they are finding hope as they move into year two.

Gov. Tate Reeves announces new K-12 seating restrictions

Gov. Tate Reeves officially extended the existing Executive Order, but also eased restrictions on K-12 events.

  WCU med school gets 3 top 10 rankings from U.S. News and World Report

The report also ranks WCU as the fifth-best for locating graduates in medically underserved areas.

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

Two deaths were reported from the Pine Belt that took place between July 31, 2020, and March 16, 2021.

  Pine Belt women share long-term COVID-19 effects

COVID-19 survivors continue to live with long-term effects.

  Hundreds of COVID-19 vaccines administered at Hattiesburg’s weekend vaccination clinic

Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker says the weekend clinic aims to reach deprived communities.

  USM student receives surprise Make-A-Wish party after cancer battle

USM sophomore Clancy Slay overcame cancer and is now in remission. On Sunday, she received a party through Make-A-Wish Mississippi.

Collins’ Express Care offering COVID shots with no appointment needed Sunday

You have one more day to get a free, drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine in Collins without an appointment.

  Local VA medical center administers COVID-19 shots to veterans

Drive-thru clinic was made possible through the VA and its partnership with Merit Health Wesley.

Hattiesburg to host 2nd walk-in vaccination clinic this weekend

The free vaccines will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis.

2 new COVID variants discovered in Mississippi

Mississippi Department of Health identified two new variants of COVID-19 within the state Friday.

Drive-thru vaccination site for veterans coming to Hattiesburg

The drive-thru clinic will be held at Merit Health Wesley from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

268 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths reported in Miss. Fri.

One death was reported from Pine Belt as it comes from Jones County.

  Southern Miss offering vaccines to students, staff

Students and staff can sign up for a vaccine through their university health portal.

  No appointment needed for new, temporary COVID vaccine clinic in Collins

The temporary drive-thru site is located in the hospital’s Express Care Building next to the Collins Civic Center.

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

In the eight Pine Belt counties, 32,907 COVID-19 cases and 665 deaths have been reported.

  Colon cancer screenings are crucial in preventing the disease, experts say

Experts at South Central Regional Medical Center are reminding people of the importance of screenings.

  Reeves: ‘Vaccine hesitancy’ making it harder to get more shots in Mississippians’ arms

State leaders and health experts remain concerned about vaccine demand slowing down because of something Gov. Reeves called “vaccine hesitancy.”

  New federal incentives boost Medicaid expansion talks in Mississippi

Medicaid expansion hasn't gotten any traction in Mississippi. But new federal incentives seem to be increasing the talks about how the state could benefit.

  Petal pharmacy offering Johnson & Johnson vaccine, ‘COVID Packs’

The pharmacy recently received doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and appointments are now available.

Drive-through vaccine sites closed Thursday

Many drive-through vaccination sites will be closed Thursday, March 24, across Mississippi due to the threat of severe weather.

387 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths reported in Miss. Wednesday

In the eight Pine Belt counties, 32,885 COVID-19 cases and 665 deaths have been reported.

  Homebound residents express challenges with getting access to COVID-19 vaccine

MSDH encourages individuals who are homebound or disable to call their physician to aid in this endeavor or a hospital in the COE program.

  Many in Mississippi still dealing with long-term COVID side effects

Many who survived the virus are still dealing with mild to more serious long-term effects.

  Pink Up: Doctor encourages women to get annual mammogram

Dr. Jennifer Bailey said mammograms are the most efficient way to detect breast cancer.

  Expert: State’s health care system starting to ‘crumble’ from pandemic, other factors

An expert on the subject says the state’s health care system has started to crumble from the coronavirus pandemic and other factors.

  C.E. Roy Community Center hosting 2nd COVID-19 vaccination clinic

Hattiesburg Clinic, Forrest General and the City of Hattiesburg will be hosting this weekend a second vaccination clinic at C.E. Roy Community Center.

Mississippi surpasses 1M vaccine doses given out

The state has administered a million shots so far, Governor Tate Reeves announced Monday.

Krispy Kreme offering a free doughnut a day for showing a COVID-19 vaccine card

Krispy Kreme is offering a sweet incentive for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

  Lt. Governor discusses federal relief package

As lawmakers enter the final days of the legislative session--they're also considering the budget impacts of the federal coronavirus relief dollars.

  COVID-19 relief bill offers help for small businesses

Small business owners in Hattiesburg are looking forward to the assistance offered by the COVID-19 relief bill.

More than 3K inmates vaccinated in Mississippi

More than 3,000 inmates in Mississippi received a vaccine dose Friday.

South African COVID variant found in Mississippi; could impact effectiveness of vaccine

Health officials identified a new variant strain of COVID-19 that was found in Mississippi.

  USM’s Joye Lee-McNelis making an impact and coaching through cancer

Coaching the Golden Eagles since 2004, Lee-McNelis says being a role model to her players is extremely important to her.