15,229 COVID-19 cases confirmed, 13 additional deaths reported statewide

MSDH reported 439 new COVID-19 cases and 13 additional deaths Saturday, bringing the total to 15,229 cases and 723 deaths across the state.

  Wayne Co. added to list of counties at ‘severe risk’ of virus spread

State health official says social gatherings are spreading new coronavirus

Casino success signals potential economic revival

  State Auditor: Scammers try to take advantage of pandemic

USM announces condensed schedule for fall 2020 semester

Officials stress ‘one bad day’ could turn coronavirus outlook

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23 new COVID-19 deaths reported statewide; 6 in the Pine Belt

  Pascagoula Fire Dept. giving away free face masks Monday

  Jones, Wayne counties experience spike in COVID-19 cases

  As daily average COVID-19 cases trend upward, Gov. Reeves calls seven-day averages “relatively flat”

  Governor Reeves announces plans for Safe Return order to take effect June 1

Masks to be distributed in Jones County Saturday

21 COVID-19 cases in NE Miss. attributed to funeral

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves is set to discuss the latest on the state’s efforts to combat COVID-19.

  From BBQs to swimming: Which summer activities pose the highest coronavirus risk?

“Our plea as we move into the summer.. as we open up more and more and give YOU more freedom.. we are asking you to make good decisions!” said Governor Tate Reeves

Shopping malls, massage therapy facilities reopen in Hattiesburg

Under an executive order from Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker that went into effect Tuesday, shopping malls and massage therapy facilities can now reopen in the city.

State Economist: Miss. entering ‘sharp, painful recession’

As of May 26, more than 13,000 people in the state have tested positive for the virus, with more than 650 dead. More than 9,000 have recovered.

273 new COVID-19 cases confirmed, 17 additional deaths; over 9,400 recovered

  Analysis: Percent of hospitalizations from COVID-19 dropping in Miss.

  Entertainment venues reopen with restrictions

247 new COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths confirmed in MS

  Business owners sue Hattiesburg, mayor over COVID-19 order

  TrustCare offering COVID-19 antibody testing at Hattiesburg location

  Gov. Reeves extends safer-at-home order, will allow parks to reopen

As of Friday, there are more than 12,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state with nearly 600 deaths.

402 COVID-19 cases confirmed in MS., 16 new deaths; 12,624 cases and 596 deaths total

The Mississippi State Department of Health reports the number of COVID-19 cases confirmed in the state has risen over 12,600.

Interns graduate from Project SEARCH program at SCRMC

A graduation ceremony was held Tuesday, May 19 at South Central Place where graduates with their immediate family and instructors.

Masks to be available for pickup at several Forrest Co. locations

Free masks will soon be available for pickup at several Forrest County locations after the Emergency Management District received a shipment of KN95 masks.

  Gov. Reeves appoints chairman of SWIB

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves is back to discuss the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UPDATE: Pat Dye’s son says his dad is resting and should get out of the hospital soon

Former Auburn football coach Pat Dye has tested positive for COVID-19.

  Mississippi church destroyed by arson was suing city over safer-at-home order

The 14-page document claims local police officers disrupted a mid-week bible study and the church’s Easter service 10 days prior.

HHS provides $9M to Miss. rural health centers for COVID-19 testing

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday it would provide $225 million for COVID-19 testing at Rural Health Clinics across the nation, including $9.29 million for 188 Mississippi clinics.

Gov. Reeves appoints new heads of DPS, MDOC

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves announced new leadership for two major positions at Wednesday’s COVID-19 briefing.

Miss. rural health clinics to receive over $9M in funding for COVID-19 testing

Rural Health Clinics are a special designation given to health care practices in underserved rural areas by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that help ensure access to care for rural residents.

  Miss. health experts debunk face mask myths swirling on social media

Myths regarding face masks and whether they protect against the spread of coronavirus keep popping up on social media -- with some implying the public is more likely to get COVID-19 with a mask than without.

  Pandemic snacking helps pack on the 'Quarantine 15′

Exercise with a physician’s guidance is also a recommendation when dealing with weight gain.

  Coast mother returns home after battling COVID-19 for 60 days

After 60 days of fighting, Jolene Rosado is now finally free to leave the hospital— a moment that friends and family have waited to celebrate for months.

  United Way launches COVID-19 relief program for Pine Belt residents

United Way of Southeast Mississippi announced the launch of a COVID-19 relief program to help residents of Forrest, Lamar, Marion and Perry counties.

While other casinos prepare to reopen, Bok Homa will remain closed

A timeline was not given for when Bok Homa Casino or Pearl River Resort could reopen.

Gov. Reeves ‘excited’ to provide guidelines for Miss. churches to start in-person services

Reeves said he has good news for churchgoers.

MSDH reports first pediatric flu death, first case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children

The Mississippi State Department of Health is now reporting the first pediatric flu death of 2020.

  Money available for small businesses affected by COVID-19

If you own a small business in Mississippi with 50 or fewer employees and were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, you may qualify for money being made available through the Small Business Relief Act.

After a coma and 56 days fighting coronavirus in hospital, woman goes home to street lined with family, friends

In the stories of survival, sometimes there are some minor miracles. In the case of Marieliese Falcon, known as “Ghee Ghee,” consider it a major miracle.

  Perry Central seniors excited to walk across graduation stage

Perry Central High School will host its 2020 graduation Tuesday night.

  Hattiesburg restaurants reopen indoor dining

Restaurants must follow strict guidelines to combat the spread of COVID-19.

MSDH: 389 Mississippians hospitalized with COVID-19

More than 7,600 people have recovered from the virus.

  Ready or not: Miss. Casinos to reopen Thursday

Casinos are next in line to open their doors!

  Miss. Dept. of Agriculture changes rules on how farmers can sell meat products

The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce set up an online portal to connect farmers and consumers with a list of what the farmers offer.

Mobile COVID-19 testing coming to Jasper Co. Tuesday

On Tuesday, May 19, testing in Jasper County will take place at the Bogue Homa Facility Building on 109 McFarland Road in Heidelberg from noon – 4 p.m. as those with appointments will be tested.

MSDH: 173 new COVID-19 cases confirmed, 11 deaths; 11,296 cases, 521 deaths total

MSDH reported 173 new COVID-19 cases and 11 additional deaths Sunday, bringing the state total to 11,296 cases and 521 total deaths, with Jones County reporting one death.

  Camp Shelby to host online-only Memorial Day ceremony

The Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby will host an annual Memorial Day ceremony in a few days, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, it will take place only on the internet this year.

  Gov. Reeves: ‘I made a mistake because I identified essential versus nonessential’

Governor Tate Reeves is allowing tattoo parlors to reopen under his amended Safer-at-Home order.

Indoor dining to reopen Monday at Hattiesburg restaurants

Hattiesburg restaurants will be able to welcome diners inside for a meal beginning Monday.

  Petal High School to hold drive-up graduation on football field

This year, Petal High School graduation will be a little different due to COVID-19.

  Mississippi tattoo parlors allowed to re-open under health guidelines

Gov. Reeves has given the go-ahead for Mississippi tattoo parlors to begin opening back up.

  Tattoo parlors allowed to reopen under restructured safer-at-home plan

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves adjusted the state’s safer-at-home order to allow tattoo parlors to reopen.

Casino reopening guidelines include guest screening, sanitation rules

Phase One of the casino reopening guidelines are now in the hands of Mississippi casino operators, and the race is on to prepare for Thursday's reopening.

MSDH reports 318 new COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths

MSDH reports there are now more than 10,400 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state.

Mississippi now reporting one suspected case of Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome

Mississippi is now reporting one suspected case of a mystery illness connected to coronavirus in young children.

  Mississippi legislature approves $300 million dollar small business relief plan

A $300 million dollar small business relief plan for direct payments and a grant program have been approved by the Mississippi Legislature.

  Petal Headstart expands giveaway of school supplies to help parents during pandemic

A Petal Headstart center expanded an end-of-the-school-year tradition Thursday, to help families during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Outdoor dining reopens in Hattiesburg

Restaurants have been closed to diners for 53 days in the Hub City.

  COVID-19 update with Dr. Mark Horne

President Elect of the Mississippi State Medical Association and Chief Medical Officer at South Central Regional Medical Center, Dr. W. Mark Horne answers questions as the Covid-19 Pandemic continues.

  Gov. Reeves talks safety, reopening plans in daily briefing

Wednesday, Reeves announced the state’s suspension of evictions will end on June 1. he says this should give Mississippians time to get their homes in order.

  State Health Officer speaks on coronavirus in the Pine Belt

Dr. Thomas Dobbs discussed COVID-19 testing and said the virus is very active in the area.

  Mississippi: Determining where to crack down more on COVID-19

Governor Tate Reeves and the State Epidemiologist explain the decision making that goes into determining which counties need more targeted restrictions.

  Jasper County community reacts to being named COVID-19 hotspot

Jasper County has been deemed a COVID-19 hotspot and residents are now required to wear face coverings when going out.

  South Jones parent struggling to make graduation joyous occasion for daughter

For some students, a non-traditional graduation from high school is only one day away.

  Eviction suspension ends June 1 in Miss.

Tuesday, Reeves announced new social distancing guidelines for seven counties in the state.

Mississippi College will host graduation ceremonies on August 1

The ceremony allows family, friends, professors, and others to honor the university’s Class of 2020.

  South Mississippi COVID-19 survivor celebrates wedding anniversary in front of hospital

A COVID-19 survivor is celebrating her wedding anniversary in a small, meaningful, but socially distanced way.

  Local EMT travels to New Jersey to aid in coronavirus fight

He focused on staying safe, wearing his protective gear at all times and helping those who needed it the most.

  Miss. food banks see increased demand during pandemic, tornado aftermath

Food banks are seeing firsthand the tough times Mississippians are facing.

  Masks encouraged, but not mandated in Laurel

Mayor Johnny Magee says masks are encouraged but are not mandated in the City of Laurel.

  Nursing homes get ready for total testing

About a third of all the COVID-19 deaths in the United States have occurred in nursing homes.To fight that trend, the White House has called for testing of every long-term care facility in the country in the next two weeks.

  Outdoor dining reopening to provide limited relief for Hattiesburg restaurants

Restaurants will still rely on curbside and to-go orders.

  COVID-19 impacts National Salvation Army Week

This week is the 66th annual National Salvation Army week. Normally the week is full of celebrations for volunteers and everyone part of the organization, but COVID-19 has put a damper on those plans.

More COVID-19 testing sites coming to the Pine Belt

UMMC is offering new testing sites for COVID-19 in Mississippi.

  COVID-19 affecting fundraising for Pine Belt veterans group

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting fundraising for one Pine Belt organization that helps veterans in need.

Emergency unemployment assistance to count as income for SNAP eligibility

People that received emergency pandemic unemployment assistance will now have those funds count toward income when determining eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Gov. Tate Reeves launches new social distancing guidelines for 7 Miss. counties

Reeves has been pushing the state toward re-opening. Monday, he said its because he doesn’t want Mississippians to wake up in August with no job to return to.

Mississippi Attorney General extends disability funds for first responders who contract COVID-19

Attorney General Lynn Fitch says the state must do everything possible to help first responders on the front lines of COVID-19 crisis. Under the new rule change first responders may be eligible for a disability payment equal to 34% of work wages.