Smith County resident dies from COVID-19 at SCRMC

A patient at South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel has died due to COVID-19.

  16.8M Americans out of work; Easter celebrations move online

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

2 more City of Hattiesburg employees test positive for COVID-19

  Employees working in Hattiesburg required to wear mask

Coronavirus forces new approaches to fighting wildfires

  5-year-old Alaska girl is serious about keeping people safe

  Pine Belt clinics offer telehealth services amid COVID-19 crisis

  Korean Church of Laurel donates masks to SCRMC

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  IMF head sees worst economic downturn since Great Depression

Africa must not be ‘neglected’ in virus fight, officials say

  No social distancing in space: New crew greeted with hugs

  Pet fostering takes off as coronavirus keeps Americans home

Forrest General displays PPE innovations for COVID-19

UK prime minister out of intensive care as condition improves

Gray InvestigateTV COVID-19 Tracker surpasses 1 million views

Gray Television's county-by-county COVID-19 tracker has surpassed 1 million views, keeping local communities informed about emerging hotspots across the U.S.

  Governor Reeves discusses latest efforts to combat COVID-19 in Miss.

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves is holding his daily press briefing to discuss COVID-19.

  Senators block new virus aid, Pelosi decries ‘stunt’

Senators torpedoed quick passage of a new coronavirus aid package Thursday, with Democrats rejecting a Trump administration request for $250 billion to boost a small business payroll fund and Republicans refusing Democrats’ demand for another $250 billion for hospitals and states.

  Wall Street caps best week since 1974 on latest Fed stunner

The central bank announced programs to provide up to $2.3 trillion in loans to households, local governments and small and large businesses as the country tips into what economists say may be the worst recession in decades.

  Scientists warn virus will be with us through summer

  US economy unlikely to recover as rapidly as it collapsed

  Sailor from USS Roosevelt with coronavirus found unconscious, admitted to ICU

  Start of Passover celebrated remotely, as families connect online

  VIDEO: Julia Louis-Dreyfus PSA makes you want to be socially distant

  Georgia bar removes dollar bills stapled on walls to help pay employees during coronavirus outbreak

2,260 COVID-19 cases reported statewide; 167 in the Pine Belt

MSDH reports there are now more than 2,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.

FGH kicks-off t-shirt sale for COVID-19 frontline workers

All proceeds from the sales will be used to purchase gift cards from local restaurants as drawings will take place to give those cards to Forrest General employees and first responders after the sale is done.

Laurel City Hall announces temporary changes

If your temperature is over 100.4, you cannot enter whether employee or public.

  2,260 cases of coronavirus identified by Miss. Dept. of Health; 76 deaths

The number of presumed positive coronavirus cases in Mississippi continues to rise.

  States struggle with coronavirus supply shortages

Nearly a month after President Donald Trump declared COVID-19 a national emergency, states are still sounding the alarm on supply shortages.

  Record 16.8 million have sought US jobless aid since coronavirus

The figures collectively constitute the largest and fastest string of job losses in records dating to 1948.

  Texas library employees use 3D printers to make protective gear for health care workers

Texas library workers are using 3D printers to help make protection gear for health care professionals fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

  Girl who inspired Charlotte’s Web marijuana oil dies

A girl with a rare form of epilepsy whose recovery inspired the name of a medical marijuana oil that drew families of children with similar health problems to Colorado for treatment has died after being hospitalized and treated as a likely coronavirus patient.

  Point of order: Congress weighs how to govern from afar amid coronavirus fight

The virus' continuing spread is raising doubts among lawmakers and aides that the House will reconvene in Washington as scheduled after April 20.

Trump quietly shuts down asylum at US borders amid coronavirus fight

The government has temporarily swept aside decades-old national and international laws, saying holding people in custody is considered too dangerous.

  After mother’s death of coronavirus, two Colo. sisters forced to watch funeral over FaceTime

Families across the world are grieving for loved ones who died from coronavirus, but as the pandemic continues, they can't say goodbye in the traditional way.

  Mich. woman with coronavirus asked Amazon’s Alexa for help with pain 40 times in days before her death

The nursing home says its staff followed clinical practice guidelines in managing the 66-year-old's pain. She was one of 31 residents and five staff members who had tested positive for the virus.

  83 residents at Calif. nursing home hit by coronavirus evacuated after staff fails to show for work

After staff at the 90-bed facility didn’t show up for work two days in a row, the patients had to be moved to other healthcare locations in the county.

Waffle House sells out of waffle mix in 4 hours

Waffle House just found out its signature product is as popular online as in its restaurants.

  Pine Belt native on the front lines of COVID-19 battle in New York

From the Pine Belt to the Big Apple, Trey Galloway is a nurse that traveled to New York to help fight and save lives from COVID-19.

HHS: Federal stocks of protective equipment nearly depleted

The Department of Health and Human Services told the Associated Press Wednesday that the federal stockpile was in the process of deploying all remaining personal protective equipment in its inventory. A small percentage will be kept in reserve to support federal response efforts, the department said

  Lamar County shows appreciation for healthcare workers

The Lamar County Sheriff’s Department, the Lamar County Fire Department, and the Hattiesburg Police held a special parade this evening for healthcare workers at Merit Health Hospital.

  Petal’s Flathau’s Fine Foods serving free lunches this week to Pine Belt first responders

A Petal specialty food company served up tasty, free curbside lunches Wednesday to first responders in the Hattiesburg area.

  Countries start thinking about easing up on restrictions

Even as coronavirus deaths continue to mount across Europe, New York and other hot spots, the U.S. and other governments are slowly beginning to envision an exit strategy.

New executive order requires all workers in Hattiesburg to wear masks

The order applies to all employees of essential and non-essential businesses still operating in the city.

  Feds loosen virus rules to let essential workers return

In fashioning the recommendations, the Trump administration appeared to be trying to balance political and public health concerns.

  New CDC guidance for essential workers during coronavirus

The guidance is focused on when those workers can return to work after having been exposed to the new coronavirus.

  Governor Reeves urges pastors not to hold in-person services during shelter-in-place

Governor Reeves invited a bishop who held Palm Sunday services to come and discuss why he's changing his mind about holding an Easter service.

  Barker says city ‘heartbroken’ over death of employee from COVID-19

Flags at all city buildings in Hattiesburg are flying at half-staff to honor a longtime city employee who died from COVID-19 Tuesday.

House Speaker Philip Gunn addressed unemployed workers saying, ‘We want you to know that we hear your cries for help’

Thousands of Mississippians still can’t apply for unemployment benefits, but they may get the help they’ve been begging for.

Coronavirus claims couple just 4 days apart

As the pandemic consumed the world, Joan and Ed Porco fell victim to it. Ed, who was 89, and Joan, who was 90, died four days apart on Long Island.

  C Spire adds extra data, WiFi hotspots due to COVID-19 pandemic

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of Mississippians are having to do their work from home, and, of course, that almost always requires internet.

WATCH: One-on-one interview with Gov. Tate Reeves

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves spoke exclusively with WLBT’s Wilson Stribling on Wednesday, discussing some tough decisions he’s had to make with just three months on the job.

  USM making masks for medical workers

Medical professionals in the Pine Belt are getting help to keep themselves safe thanks to a team at the University of Southern Mississippi.

  Psychologist offers ways to cope with mental toll of COVID-19

Dr. Geralyn Datz said this is huge and unprecedented change that can bring on anxiety you never felt before, and could be mentally taxing for those who already struggled with their mental health.

  Small business owners find obstacles trying to get stimulus loans

Some small business owners say they can't find a place to get a loan through the federal coronavirus relief package meant to help pay employees, rent and other expenses.

  Laurel teen raises $6,000 to provide meals to healthcare workers

Fletcher Horne is raising funds to provide healthcare workers meals during Easter weekend.

Some doctors moving away from ventilators for virus patients

Some doctors worry that the machines could be harming certain patients.

  Engineers turn breast pumps into ventilators

The engineering group is consulting with pulmonologists to make sure they’re on the right track.

Dick’s Sporting Goods furloughs most of its 40,000 employees

Dick’s Sporting Goods is finding it impossible to function without any sports, so the big box retailer says it is furloughing most of its 40,000 employees.

  Quitting smoking now could up your odds against COVID-19

COVID-19 is known to attack a person’s lungs and one of our best defenses against that is to make sure they’re strong and healthy in the first place. For many, that starts by stopping smoking.

  Report: Outbreak triggers drop in climate-changing emissions

Despite mocking the idea of climate change, President Donald Trump will preside over one of the country’s sharpest drops in climate-damaging emissions on record, as the economic paralysis from the coronavirus tamps down energy use, according to an Energy Department projection on Tuesday.

  UN health agency on defensive after Trump slams it on coronavirus

The World Health Organization was on the defensive Wednesday after President Donald Trump blasted the U.N. health body over its recommendations on the coronavirus and threatened to strip hundreds of millions of dollars that had come from its top single donor.

SCRMC offering new telehealth program

Patients with acute symptoms (cold, flu, etc) can call a participating clinic for a date and time for an audio/visual appointment.

  Stocks up 3.4% on Wall Street as hopes build for virus peak

Markets have been incredibly volatile in recent weeks as investors blindly guess how badly the coronavirus outbreak will hurt corporate profits amid suffocating uncertainty.

  Justice delayed: Coronavirus crisis upends US legal system

The public health crisis could build a legal backlog that overwhelms courts across the country, leaving some defendants behind bars longer, and forcing prosecutors to decide which cases to pursue and which to let slide.

  Here’s why cats potentially exposed to coronavirus should stay inside

Some veterinarians are recommending cat owners to keep their furry felines inside if their home has potentially been exposed to coronavirus.

  Starbucks antes up $10M for employees impacted by coronavirus

The money can be used for things like housing and utilities, the sudden loss of home, the death of a family member or partner, and related funeral expenses.

  Reeves urges pastors to cancel Easter services, but will not mandate it

The press brief will be held at 2:30 p.m.

Tyler Perry surprises shoppers by paying for groceries at Winn Dixie stores

Perry and Winn-Dixie joined forces to provide thousands of elderly and high-risk customers with free groceries

NerdWallet: 7 kinds of COVID-19 relief for college students

All students with federal loans qualify to delay payments, interest-free, through September. Some private lenders are offering forbearance as well.

  10 dead at Georgia nursing home as coronavirus hits facility

The coronavirus outbreak has hit a Georgia nursing home hard, as 10 people have died inside the facility.

  100 American Airlines flight attendants test positive for coronavirus

The Association of Professional Flight Attendants says the airline has agreed to start providing face masks for frontline team members.

  Coronavirus claims an unexpected victim: Florida vegetables

Thousands of acres of fruits and vegetables grown in Florida are being plowed over or left to rot because farmers can't sell to restaurants, theme parks or schools nationwide that have closed because of the coronavirus.

MSDH reports more than 2,000 COVID-19 cases in Miss.

MSDH reports there are now more than 2,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.

Hattiesburg, FGH encourage city to show red for hope during pandemic

FGH is also asking the public to share photos of how creative their family, friends or business is using to show red in support of the effort.

  Baltimore police investigating after video shows sergeant coughing near residents

The Baltimore Police Department is investigating after a sergeant was caught on camera coughing near residents of a Southeast Baltimore housing project without covering his mouth.

  Insulin maker to cap out-of-pocket costs amid coronavirus pandemic

The co-pay cap will cover most of the pharmaceutical company's insulin, including the Humalog injection.

Tenn. assisted living facility connects community with residents through pen pal program

For many residents at nursing homes and assisted living facilities, the strict stay-at-home orders have caused loneliness as they attempt to stay in touch with family barred from visiting them.

70-year-old man successfully recovers from COVID-19 on the Coast

70-year-old Gary Longton is now at the end of his quarantine period but is still recovering from the effects of the novel coronavirus.

  Credit rating agency says AMC Theaters is in big trouble

S&P Global downgraded AMC Theaters from B to CCC- and said it expects the company to remain closed beyond June because of the coronavirus.

  Wisconsin voters forced to choose between health, democracy

Thousands were forced to congregate for hours in long lines on Tuesday with no protective gear. Thousands more stayed home, unwilling to risk their health and unable to be counted because requested absentee ballots never arrived.

Census sends paper forms to laggards as Midwest sets pace

Starting Wednesday, the U.S. Census Bureau is mailing out paper forms to 65.6 million homes whose residents haven't yet answered the once-a-decade questionnaire.