‘Unfathomable’: US death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000

The bleak milestone, by far the highest confirmed death toll from the virus in the world, was reported by Johns Hopkins, based on figures supplied by state health authorities.

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  Coronavirus in Mississippi: 94,021 cases, 2,846 deaths reported by health dept.

  Steakhouse chain Sizzler files for bankruptcy amid pandemic

  Debunked Nashville COVID story prompts differing responses on Fox News

  Airline denies mom and son, 2, after he refused to wear mask

  CDC changes, then retracts, web posting on how virus spreads

  Pine-Sol cleaner approved for killing coronavirus on hard surfaces

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  US cruises vow 100% testing in plan for resuming sailing

Watchdog: Millions in danger of missing virus relief payouts

  US nears 200,000 virus deaths; Europe adopts tougher restrictions as infections surge

  Milwaukee family of 4 evicted despite national COVID-19 eviction moratorium

  Boy, 11, warned after wearing ‘inappropriate’ Hooters face mask to Fla. school

  Biden to focus on health care in Supreme Court debate

Tadej Pogacar wins COVID-defying Tour de France

In a stunning performance for the ages, Tour de France rookie Tadej Pogacar won cycling’s showpiece race Sunday on the eve of his 22nd birthday.

  USM food pantry at temporary location

This semester has been a time of change for University of Southern Mississippi students, staff and the campus food bank.

MEMA disburses more than $6 million of CARES Act funds to counties, cities

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency announced Friday it has distributed more than $6 million in CARES Act funds to counties and cities as part of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program.

Hyde-Smith optimistic on CFAP 2 benefits for Miss. agriculuture producers

Farmers and ranchers may submit applications with their local Farm Service Agency from Sept. 21 - Dec. 11.

  Gov. says state fair allowed under current orders, ‘not classified as a social gathering’

  CDC drops controversial testing advice that caused backlash

MSDH reports 497 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths

Miss. Supreme Court denies absentee ballots for COVID concerns

  COVID measures could keep flu in check this year

  Push is underway to test COVID-19 vaccines in diverse groups

Canada extends U.S. border restrictions to Oct. 21

Americans who are returning to the U.S. and Canadians who are returning to Canada are also exempted from the border closure.

  Drug shows promise in 1st largely minority COVID-19 study

Switzerland-based Roche reported the results for tocilizumab, sold now as Actemra and RoActemra for treating rheumatoid arthritis and some other diseases.

Mississippi absentee ballot rules challenged amid pandemic

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Voting rights groups are asking a federal judge to temporarily lift some limitations in Mississippi’s absentee voting process.

  COVID on Campus: At the largest universities, data vary widely and lacks transparency

Only around a quarter of the nation's largest universities publicly release active COVID-19 case information. Public health experts say the more data available, the better.

Deadline for La. residents to claim IRS stimulus check is Oct. 15

Thousands of Louisiana residents are leaving money on the table, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Twisted Sister singer to anti-maskers: Don’t use our song

In a tweet Wednesday, Snider called the stunt “moronic,” and shared a video that was recorded by an upset customer inside the Target at Coral Ridge Mall in Fort Lauderdale.

House condemns racism against Asian Americans amid pandemic

The House has voted to condemn racism against Asian Americans tied to the coronavirus outbreak.

  Infection rates soar in college towns as students return

Dozens of infections have been blamed on off-campus parties, prompting university officials to admonish students.

‘The Batman’ resumes UK production after positive COVID case

The U.K. production of “The Batman” is starting up again after being shut down earlier this month when an individual tested positive for COVID-19.

  COVID-19 danger continues to drive joblessness in US

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to 860,000, a historically high figure that reflects economic damage from the coronavirus outbreak.

701 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in MS, 24 additional deaths reported

Three deaths were reported from the Pine Belt area, with Forrest, Jones and Marion counties recording one death each.

  August US home building slides 5.1% after months of gains

U.S. housing construction fell a surprising 5.1% in August after three months of strong gains when home builders ramped up projects following a pandemic-induced shutdown in March and April.

  More than 3,000 excess deaths in Miss. attributed to COVID-19, disproving Facebook ‘overcounting’ claim

n less than six months, Mississippi has recorded more than 3,000 additional deaths compared with previous years.

  In town hall, Trump denies downplaying virus, casts doubt on mask usage

Face-to-face with everyday voters for the first time in months, Trump was defensive but resisted agitation as he was pressed on his administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and why he doesn’t more aggressively promote the use of masks to reduce the spread of the disease.

  Health official on leave amid political interference furor

The Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement that Michael Caputo was taking the time “to focus on his health and the well-being of his family.”

Study hints antibody drug may cut COVID-19 hospitalizations

A drug company says that partial results from a study testing an antibody drug give hints that it may help keep mild to moderately ill COVID-19 patients from needing to be hospitalized, a goal no current coronavirus medicine has been able to meet.

  Trump disputes health officials, sees mass vaccinations soon

In a report to Congress and an accompanying “playbook” for states and localities, federal health agencies and the Defense Department sketched out complex plans for a vaccination campaign to begin gradually in January or possibly later this year.

  Supreme Court to stick with arguments via telephone, for now

With 87-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg being treated for cancer and five of her colleagues also age 65 or older, the court is taking no chances that putting the justices in close proximity to each other might make them more vulnerable to catching the virus.

711 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in MS, 22 additional deaths reported

MSDH reported 711 COVID-19 cases and 22 additional deaths on Wednesday, bringing the state total to 91,234 cases and 2,756 deaths.

  Ky. father finds out he has stage 4 cancer after getting tested for COVID-19

The father is determined to make memories to give his son something to hold on to when he’s gone.

MSDH holding Zoom session on handling COVID-19 in school

“Coping During Crisis: COVID & the Classroom” will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. and will be conducted by a panel of local experts and professionals.

  Poll: Americans worry politics will rush vaccine

A new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows 62% of Americans believe political pressure from the White House will cause the Food and Drug Administration to approve a vaccine before it's found to be safe and effective.

Top Miss. health officials debunk COVID-19 rumors

Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs is discussing the latest on COVID-19 in the state.

  Coronavirus deaths in kids echoes toll in adults, CDC says

A detailed look at COVID-19 deaths in U.S. kids and young adults released Tuesday shows they mirror patterns seen in older patients.

  Experts worry as US virus restrictions are eased or violated

State and local officials around the U.S. are rolling back social-distancing rules again after an abortive effort over the summer, allowing bars, restaurants and gyms to open.

World Series at Arlington, first time at one site since 1944

The World Series will be played entirely at the Texas Rangers' new ballpark in Arlington, Texas, as part of a bubble agreement between Major League Baseball and the players' association, the first time the sport’s championship will be played entirely at one site since 1944.

  Pelosi: House to stay in session until COVID-19 rescue pact

Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House will remain in session until lawmakers deliver another round of COVID-19 relief.

505 new COVID-19 cases, 28 deaths reported in Mississippi

MSDH reported 505 new COVID-19 cases and 28 additional deaths on Tuesday.

Virus brings Mexican toilet paper to US

Demand for toilet paper has been so high during the pandemic that in order to keep their shelves stocked, retailers are buying up foreign toilet paper brands, mostly from Mexico.

  ‘Certified young person’ Paul Rudd teams up with N.Y. Gov. Cuomo for mask-wearing PSA

The PSA features Rudd, who is 51, dressed up in a bright yellow hoodie with sweatpants.

  Trump defies virus rules as ‘peaceful protest’ rallies grow

Democratic governors and local leaders have urged the president to reconsider the events, warning that he’s putting lives at risk. But they have largely not tried to block the gatherings of thousands of people, which Trump and his team deem “peaceful protests” protected by the First Amendment.

Harshmallow: Virus prompts pause for Peeps holiday treats

Peeps treats are going on hiatus for several months — another consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.

Oxford, AstraZeneca resume coronavirus vaccine trial

In a statement, the university confirmed the restart across all of its U.K. clinical trial sites after regulators gave the go-ahead following the pause on Sunday.

Dog-like robot could remotely measure vital signs of COVID-19 patients

A new type of dog-like robot could gather vital information from COVID-19 patients remotely, helping to keep down human exposure to the virus.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade ‘re-imagined’ as television-only event this year

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the 94th version of the iconic annual parade will be a television-only special presentation this year, the retailer and the city of New York City announced Monday.

  Anti-inflammatory drug may shorten COVID-19 recovery time

Eli Lilly announced the results Monday from a 1,000-person study sponsored by the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The result have not yet been published or reviewed by independent scientists.

  In defiance of Nevada governor, Trump holds indoor rally

In open defiance of state regulations and his own administration’s pandemic health guidelines, President Donald Trump hosted his first indoor rally since June, telling a packed, nearly mask-less Nevada crowd that the nation was “making the last turn” in defeating the virus.

After presidents meet, Big Ten football still in limbo

Big Ten university presidents will meet Sunday to hear a presentation about playing a fall football season after all -- maybe as soon as mid-October -- amid pressure to kick off from parents, players, coaches and even the president.

  Groups turn to hotels to shelter fire evacuees amid virus

Relief groups facing the threat of the coronavirus are taking a different approach to sheltering people who have fled West Coast wildfires.

445 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in MS, 15 additional deaths reported

MSDH reported 445 COVID-19 cases and 15 additional deaths on Saturday, bringing the state total to 89,620 cases and 2,685 deaths.

Six months of COVID-19 in Mississippi: Nurses discuss the impact and losing fellow nurses

Nurses describe what the last six months of treating COVID-19 have been like.

  Study: Kids infected at day care spread coronavirus at home

The findings don’t mean that schools and child-care programs need to close, but it does confirm that the virus can spread within those places and then be brought home by kids.

  Pandemic pushes summer Guard training into the fall at Camp Shelby

Normally this time of year, annual training activities at Camp Shelby would be winding down.

  Daily US virus deaths decline, but trend may reverse in fall

The arrival of cooler weather and the likelihood of more indoor gatherings will add to the importance of everyday safety precautions, experts say.

853 new COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths reported in Mississippi

MSDH reported 853 new COVID-19 cases and 15 additional deaths on Friday.

Poll: Pandemic takes toll on mental health of young adults

In the midst of the pandemic, young adults are navigating life transitions such as starting college and finding jobs, all without being able to experience normal social activities.

  Return of football renews fears over more virus spread

The topic has led to passionate debates at the state and local level, including whether to allow high school seasons to proceed and how many fans to allow in professional and college stadiums.

In a year of restrictions, virus changes Sept. 11, too

The 19th anniversary of the terror attacks will be marked by dueling ceremonies at the Sept. 11 memorial plaza and a corner near the World Trade Center, reflecting a divide over the memorial’s decision to suspend a cherished tradition of relatives reading victims' names in person.

  National Guard reschedules Shelby Retiree Day for Nov. 5

The Mississippi National Guard has a new date set for its annual Retiree Day.

  Virus bill blocked in Senate as prospects dim for new relief

The 52-47 vote fell well short of what was needed to overcome a filibuster and seems likely to end hopes for coronavirus relief before the November election.

  ‘We’re still in the fight:’ Gov. says COVID numbers falling quickly

After no deaths were reported Tuesday for the first time in months, more than 30 deaths have been reported by Mississippi Department of Health in back-to-back days.

  USM launches COVID contact tracing app for students, staff

The University of Southern Mississippi launched a university-wide mobile app this week to add on to their efforts to control the spread of COVID-19.

US will end current health screening of some travelers

The CDC said the current screening, which includes temperature checks and travelers vouching for their health, “has limited effectiveness” because some infected people show no symptoms.

  Time cover marks nearly 200,000 US COVID-19 deaths, calls response ‘an American failure’

Time’s new cover is a stark reminder of how tragic and deadly the coronavirus has been and still is. It also calls the U.S. response a failure.

517 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in MS, 33 additional deaths reported

MSDH reported 517 COVID-19 cases and 33 additional deaths on Thursday, bringing the state total to 88,322 cases and 2,656 deaths.

Mississippi health officer says COVID-19 vaccine not likely to be distributed this year

While President Donald Trump pledged to get a coronavirus vaccine to the American people before the end of the year, Mississippi’s leading infectious disease expert said that’s not likely.

  Book: Trump said of virus, ‘I wanted to always play it down’

President Donald Trump seemed to understand the severity of the coronavirus threat even as he was telling the nation that the virus was no worse than the seasonal flu, according to a new book by journalist Bob Woodward.

  No virus aid before election? Pessimism before Senate vote

Top Republicans senators are making pessimistic predictions about securing a bipartisan coronavirus relief package before the November election.