UK authorizes Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for emergency use

Pfizer has been gearing up for even wide distribution if given a similar nod by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a decision expected as early as next week.

  US panel: 1st vaccines to health care workers, nursing homes

  Pine Belt doctors discuss COVID-19 and flu

  CDC to shorten COVID-19 quarantine to 10 days, 7 with test

Canada: US border measures to last until virus under control

  ‘Very dark couple of weeks’: Morgues and hospitals overflow

  Gov. Reeves adds 13 counties to mask mandate

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  EU eyes Dec 29 approval for 1st virus vaccine, later than US

  Study says COVID-19 likely came to US in 2019

1,141 new COVID-19 cases, 29 deaths reported Tuesday in Miss.

  COVID-19 in Mississippi: 154,411 cases, 3,836 deaths reported by health dept.

  Michigan great-grandparents die of COVID-19 one minute apart

  Study: Students falling behind in math during COVID-19 pandemic

  Doctor seen comforting elderly COVID-19 patient in heartbreaking photo speaks

Thankfully, the patient in the picture is doing better and may be able to leave the hospital soon.

  Americans face new COVID-19 restrictions after Thanksgiving

Health experts had pleaded with Americans to stay home over Thanksgiving and not gather with anyone who didn't live with them.

Miss. hospitals ‘strained, actively transferring patients out-of-state’

Doctors are actively transferring patients out-of-state because Mississippi Intensive Care Units are at capacity and hospitals are overwhelmed, according to health systems.

COVID-19 hospitalizations at all-time high in Mississippi

Last week, the Mississippi Department of Health reported an “extraordinary rise” in hospital admissions over the previous two weeks.

  Great ways to enjoy winter during a pandemic

1,485 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death reported Monday in Miss.

  Dictionary.com picks ‘pandemic’ as its 2020 word of the year

  Moderna asking US, European regulators to OK its virus shots

  Beware of COVID-19 scams as vaccine approaches FDA approval

  Texas boy who lost parents to COVID-19 turns 5 with massive parade

  Merriam-Webster’s top word of 2020 not a shocker: pandemic

Among the runners up for word of the year: kraken, mamba and defund.

  Fauci: US may see ‘surge upon a surge’ of virus in weeks ahead

The nation’s top infectious disease expert said Sunday that the U.S. may see a “surge upon a surge” of the coronavirus over the coming weeks.

  With no action by Washington, states race to offer virus aid

Governors and state lawmakers are racing to get pandemic relief to small-business owners, the unemployed, renters and others whose livelihoods have been upended by the widening coronavirus outbreak.

  Pine Belt Holiday Expo gives shoppers new options for gifts

Pine Belt residents were invited to “shop small” Saturday during the annual Pine Belt Holiday Expo & Christmas Market.

  Old-fashioned Christmas celebrated at Landrum’s in Laurel

Saturday’s activities included demonstrations from Civil War re-enactors and several live musical performances.

  COVID-19 testing demand remains high

Clinics saw an increase in testing demand on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

  CDC panel meets Tuesday to vote on COVID-19 vaccine priority

A panel of U.S. advisers will meet Tuesday to vote on how scarce, initial supplies of a COVID-19 vaccine will be given out once one has been approved.

Experts: Virus numbers could be erratic after Thanksgiving

The coronavirus testing numbers that have guided much of the nation’s response to the pandemic are likely to be erratic over the next week or so, experts said Friday, as fewer people get tested during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and testing sites observe shorter hours.

  Virus keeps Black Friday crowds thin, shoppers shift online

In normal times, Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, drawing millions of shoppers eager to get started on their holiday spending.

  US colleges mull new virus protocols for students’ return

The coronavirus presented huge challenges for the fall semester for U.S. colleges that opened the academic year with in-person learning, including some that took a battering from outbreaks.

Disney to lay off 4,000 more at California, Florida parks

The company has been limiting attendance at its parks and changing protocols to allow for social distancing.

1,005 new COVID-19 cases confirmed, 6 additional deaths reported

MSDH reported 1,005 COVID-19 cases and six additional deaths on Friday, bringing the state total to 148,387 cases and 3,769 deaths.

Healthcare workers just as thankful for patients this holiday season

Even with COVID-19 making headlines on Thanksgiving, healthcare workers continue the fight against the virus.

  Empty seats, delivered feasts as virus changes Thanksgiving

Americans are marking the Thanksgiving holiday amid an unrelenting pandemic that has upended traditions at dinner tables all around the country.

  Supreme Court blocks NY coronavirus limits on houses of worship

The court’s action could push New York to reevaluate its restrictions on houses of worship in areas designated virus hot spots.

  Schools struggle to stay open as quarantines sideline staff

It’s another layer of the “tremendous stress” faced by administrators and educators navigating the pandemic, said Dan Domenech, executive director of AASA, the nation’s leading school superintendents association.

1,746 new COVID-19 cases confirmed, 18 additional deaths reported

MSDH reported 1,746 COVID-19 cases and 18 additional deaths on Thursday, bringing the state total to 147,382 cases and 3,763 deaths.

  Texas grandparents mail life-sized cutouts to family for holidays

The cutouts created an activity for their grandchildren, who have had fun placing them in various locations around the house.

  Americans risk traveling over Thanksgiving despite warnings

Millions of Americans took to the skies and the highways ahead of Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring gasoline on the coronavirus fire, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household.

  Plan in place for Mississippi’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution

The vaccines are likely to be distributed shortly and we want to help you better understand what that process will look like in Mississippi.

  Pine Belt doctors share holiday visiting tips

Medical experts say the best thing you can do is keep your in-person gathering small.

Pandemic postpones national math, reading tests until 2022

Federal officials say national reading and math tests used to track what U.S. students know are being postponed from next year to 2022 over concerns about whether such testing would be feasible or produce valid results amid the pandemic.

  AstraZeneca manufacturing error clouds vaccine study results

AstraZeneca and Oxford University on Wednesday acknowledged a manufacturing error that is raising questions about preliminary results of their experimental COVID-19 vaccine.

  27 veterans die in COVID-19 outbreak at Illinois VA home

State officials are investigating a coronavirus outbreak at a veterans nursing home in rural Illinois that has infected nearly 200 residents and staff, and killed 27 veterans.

State medical association calls for statewide mask mandate

State medical association calls for statewide mask mandate

1,092 new COVID-19 cases confirmed, 16 additional deaths reported

MSDH reported 1,092 COVID-19 cases and 16 additional deaths on Wednesday, bringing the state total to 145,636 cases and 3,745 deaths.

Five more Hattiesburg city employees test positive for COVID-19

The city of Hattiesburg reported five more cases of COVID-19 within the city’s workforce on Wednesday.

  Picture of US economy is worrisome as virus inflicts damage

A flurry of data released Wednesday suggested that the spread of the virus is intensifying the threats to an economy still struggling to recover from the deep recession that struck in early spring.

  27 COVID deaths at Illinois vets nursing home prompts probe

The department on Tuesday requested an independent probe into the facility, which was the focus of a state Senate committee virtual hearing on the outbreak.

  EU says first coronavirus vaccinations possible by Christmas

A top European Union official is appealing to the 27 member countries to urgently prepare logistical chains to handle the rollout of hundreds of millions of vaccine doses.

  Doctor simulates COVID-19 patient’s last moments to encourage virus precautions

The doctor encourages everyone to take precautions to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, including mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing.

  Governor Reeves says statewide mask mandate not best approach right now

Reeves doesn't believe a statewide mask mandate is the best way to get compliance with the most Mississippians wearing masks.

  Restaurant workers out of work again as virus surges anew

Restaurant owners — most of whom underwent shutdowns in the spring and summer — are finding the new round of closings challenging as colder weather sets in.

  Half of Mississippi’s counties now under mask mandate

Tuesday’s 53 deaths marked the third highest single-day total in Mississippi since the onset of the pandemic.

  Doctor gives tips for safe last-minute Thanksgiving shopping

A local health expert has some tips you should consider to keep yourself safe from COVID -19 while shopping.

  Hotel workers struggle amid coronavirus resurgence

Many properties remain closed, and thousands of people that worked in hospitality are unemployed. With the holidays approaching, the impact is even more painful.

Is your home COVID-19 ready? Use these tips from UMMC

In case someone in your home gets sick, make a plan now for isolating those infected, protecting vulnerable relatives from transmission, and making sure the sick get the care they need.

Miss. hospitals see ‘extraordinary rise’ in COVID patients

With 910 confirmed patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and that number rapidly increasing, it’s likely hospitals because more inundated before things improve.

  Keep the mask: A vaccine won’t end the US crisis right away

Despite the expected arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in just a few weeks, it could take several months — probably well into 2021 — before things get back to something close to normal.

665 new COVID-19 cases, 53 deaths reported Tuesday in Miss.

In the Pine Belt, 15,984 cases and 413 deaths have been reported since the outbreak started.

  International flyers may soon need to get coronavirus vaccinations

International air travel could come booming back next year but with a new rule: Travelers to certain countries must be vaccinated against the coronavirus before they can fly.

  Millions stick to Thanksgiving travel plans despite warnings

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans not to travel or spend the holiday with people outside their household.

  Federal prisons to prioritize staff to receive virus vaccine

The federal prison system will be among the first to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

COVID-19 Reality: A skeptic’s story

“I just wanted you people see this this is real. This is real. This ain’t no hoax. There’s no politics. This s—t’s real,” the 49-year-old said from his hospital bed.

  Doctors continue to sound the alarm about Mississippi’s COVID-19 trends ahead of Thanksgiving

Doctors are concerned about the COVID-19 trends and say people need to be careful as we approach the holiday.

Hattiesburg bars, restaurants to close in-house service at 10 p.m.

The announcement comes as cases continue to rise in the Hattiesburg Metro area

  3rd major COVID-19 vaccine shown to be effective and cheaper

AstraZeneca is the third major drug company to report late-stage results for a potential COVID-19 vaccine as the world anxiously waits for scientific breakthroughs that will bring an end to a pandemic that has wrought economic devastation and resulted in nearly 1.4 million confirmed deaths.

UMMC Vice Chancellor: ‘We could not handle a surge’

UMMC officials voiced their concerns over rising COVID-19 cases.

  Shops, gyms to reopen in England under new COVID-19 plan

British Prime Boris Johnson confirmed to lawmakers Monday the government will lift the stay-at-home instruction on Dec. 2.

  Pandemic has taken a bite out of seafood trade, consumption

The coronavirus pandemic has hurt the U.S. seafood industry due to a precipitous fall in imports and exports and a drop in catch of some species.

699 COVID-19 cases, no new deaths reported Monday in Miss.

MSDH reported 699 new COVID-19 cases but no additional deaths on Tuesday.

  Regal owner Cineworld secures financial help until hoped-for reopening

Cineworld, which last month closed its cinemas in the U.S. and the U.K., has secured more than $750 million of new financing that it hopes will see it through the coronavirus pandemic.

  Military steps in to help in El Paso hospitals amid devastating COVID-19 surge

With El Paso hospitals and ICUs over capacity since last month due to one of the worst COVID-19 surges in the country, three Air Force medical teams have spent the past two weeks deployed to aid in the fight.

  State legislators disagree on need for statewide mask mandate

Governor Reeves first enforced a statewide mask mandate on August 4. The mandate remained in effect until the governor lifted it on Sept. 30.

  First US immunizations for COVID-19 could arrive on Dec. 12

The head of the U.S. effort to produce a coronavirus vaccine says the first immunizations could happen on Dec. 12.

Macy’s flagship store honors essential workers with holiday window displays

The display for this challenging year - with the theme "Give, Love and Believe" - honors frontline workers who have performed so heroically during the pandemic.

Wrong text strangers hold mini Thanksgiving to honor loved one who died from COVID-19

An Arizona grandmother and her grandson by choice have celebrated Thanksgiving together since they met through an accidental text message in 2016.

  FDA allows emergency use of antibody drug Trump received

U.S. health officials Saturday agreed to allow emergency use of a second antibody drug to help the immune system fight COVID-19, an experimental medicine that President Donald Trump was given when he was sickened last month.