Health

  USM nursing grad on the front lines of COVID-19 pandemic

When Travis Rodgers graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2016, he never expected he would be on the front lines of a worldwide pandemic just four years later.

COVID-19 hits the Hancock County School District

  944 new COVID-19 cases, 32 new deaths reported Friday in Mississippi

  Coronavirus in Mississippi: 70,930 cases, 2,043 deaths reported by health dept.

  $47 million in CARES Act money will go to Mississippi child care programs

  From hair loss to mystery rashes, some are feeling the long-term impacts of COVID-19

  Analysis: 28 Miss. counties under mask mandates see downward trend in COVID-19 cases

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  Stone County Jail next South Mississippi facility to battle COVID-19

  Amid COVID-19 pandemic, MGCCC enrolls nearly 1,000 students campus-wide

Gov. Reeves says lower coronavirus numbers in Mississippi are encouraging

Coastal Family Health dedicates mobile van to Greg Wilson

  Practice makes almost perfect for drive-thru COVID testing

  612 new COVID-19 cases, 22 new deaths reported Thursday in Mississippi

Stone Co. jail dealing with COVID outbreak after corrections officers, inmates test positive

The Stone County Correctional Facility is working hard to contain an outbreak of COVID-19, said the county’s sheriff.

  Gulfport School District displays transparency to calm COVID concern

The process of managing quarantine protocol is left up to the districts, and each one is handling things a little differently.

  Mid-South veteran survives battle with COVID-19

At age 77, with congestive heart failure, COVID-19 became Army veteran Eugene Perkin’s toughest battle.

  Health care workers feel the strain as the conditions of COVID-19 patients worsen

Medical experts say they are the last line of defense in this COVID-19 battle.

  3 On Your Side debunks coroner’s COVID-19 claim, called ‘ridiculous’ by state’s health dept.

Saints announce no fans in the stands for home opener Sept. 13

  1,081 new COVID-19 cases, 45 new deaths reported Wednesday in Mississippi

  US enters deal for 100 million doses of potential COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna

  Mississippi seeing some improvement five months since the state’s first COVID-19 case

Jackson mayor extends curfew to curb spread of coronavirus

Immunization records can now be accessed, printed online

The Mississippi State Department of Health is making it easier for parents to check their children’s immunization records as well as allowing them to print the Certificate of Immunization Compliance required for school registration.

  100 students sent home from Gulfport High after teacher shows symptoms of COVID-19

Dozens of students at Gulfport High have been sent home after coming into contact with a teacher who may have COVID.

Gov. Reeves discusses COVID-19 impact in the state after tweeting college football ‘is essential’

The total number of cases in the state is nearing 70,000 since March, with 644 reported Tuesday.

Ocean Springs students quarantined after staff member tests positive for COVID-19

Only two days after starting back to school, a class of elementary students is now under quarantine after a staff member tested positive for coronavirus.

  644 new COVID-19 cases, 33 new deaths reported Tuesday in Mississippi

121 new cases and 3 new deaths were reported in South Mississippi

  Universal Health Services conducts a survey calculating COVID-19 related mental issues

A new report about the impact of COVID-19 on mental health found that 68 percent of Americans surveyed call COVID-19 an extreme crisis.

Gov. Reeves discusses COVID-19 in Mississippi, says state’s economy is recovering

Cases continue to rise in the state, with 476 new cases reported Monday.

  ‘We hope to never use it’: Biloxi High develops data program to track COVID-19 cases

Biloxi High administrators hope they don't have any cases of COVID-19 this year but they are ready if and when it happens.

MDHS providing millions to help child care providers and parents during pandemic

MDHS is also working diligently to assist child care providers in accessing supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE).

  476 new COVID-19 cases, 16 new deaths reported Monday in Mississippi

45 new cases and one new death were reported in South Mississippi on Monday.

  Biloxi man’s death proves COVID-19 not the only microscopic cause for concern

While COVID-19 is dominating the news, there’s another cause for concern in South Mississippi that also won’t go away.

George County inmate dies from COVID-19 complications, sheriff says

An inmate at the George County Regional Correctional Facility has passed away due to complications from COVID-19.

  527 new COVID-19 cases, 22 new deaths reported Sunday in Mississippi

68 new cases and two new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Sunday.

  1,210 new COVID-19 cases, 26 new deaths reported Saturday in Mississippi

In South Mississippi, that number breaks down to 180 new cases and three new deaths reported for the six southernmost counties.

  As average new coronavirus cases drop for eighth-straight day, Gov. Reeves says curve starting to flatten

A 3 On Your Side analysis of Mississippi coronavirus data continues to show downward trends in the number of weekly cases.

  Tips to maintain mental health while working from home

As some continue to work from home during the pandemic, many are reporting increased levels of burnout and stress.

  21 South Miss. long-term care facilities report COVID-19 cases in residents, staff

Twenty-one LTC facilities reported cases of COVID-19 in residents and staff this week in the six southernmost counties.

DeSoto Co. coroner says coronavirus death numbers in Mississippi may be misleading

The Facebook post has garnered over 2,000 shares in one day.

Why won’t the FAA require masks?

So why hasn’t this federal agency, which oversees air safety, required face masks for all passengers instead of leaving it to the discretion of airlines and flight crews?

  1,036 new COVID-19 cases, 23 new deaths reported Friday in Mississippi

95 new cases and one new death were reported in South Mississippi on Friday.

  Miss. native and assistant to the president, Dr. Fleming discusses state’s COVID-19 response

Dr. John Fleming discusses Mississippi's coronavirus response and the its outlook.

  956 new COVID-19 cases, 21 new deaths reported Thursday in Mississippi

161 new cases and one new death were reported in South Mississippi on Thursday.

Mobile COVID-19 testing site in Perry Co. Thursday

The testing site will be set up at the Perry County Multipurpose Center in Richton.

  State epidemiologist cites concerns as schools reopen

State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers on Wednesday, who said he has some concerns like most do, but noted that the spread of the virus is something we can all help prevent.

  Miss. physicians release school reopening recommendations

The Mississippi Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Mississippi State Medical Association are voicing their concerns for the health of students, teachers and staff as schools prepare to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some bars agree to pay fine to reinstate licenses; constitutionality of virus restrictions to be argued in hearing

Two bar owners have agreed to pay a $250 fine to have their liquor licenses reinstated after being suspended for refusing to follow Governor John Bel Edwards’ coronavirus rules.

  1,245 new COVID-19 cases, 51 new deaths reported Wednesday in Mississippi

177 new cases and 5 new deaths were reported in South Mississippi Wednesday.

  Gov. launches ‘ReSkill’ program for workers impacted by pandemic

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves is discussing the latest on the state’s COVID-19 response.

Gov. Reeves pushes school start date for 7-12th grade in 8 counties; Issues statewide mask mandate

Reeves has repeatedly said he believes students should be back in schools this fall.

  George County the only South Mississippi school district ordered to delay opening

The eight counties ordered to delay the start of school for grades 7-12 in Bolivar, Coahoma, Forrest, George, Hinds, Panola, Sunflower, and Washington.

  Jackson County Fab Lab producing more than 4,500 masks for schools

The Jackson County Fab Lab is turning donated shirts and fabrics from businesses into reusable masks for schools across the coast.

Pediatrician weighs in on Governor’s executive order to delay the start of school for some grades

Under the Governor Tate Reeves' new executive order for schools, Hinds County Schools will now have to delay the start of in-person instruction for grades 7th-12th.

  UAB doctor says data about the effects of COVID-19 on pregnant women is limited

Doctors at UAB said there’s still a lot they don’t know about COVID’s effects on pregnancy.

Mississippi health officer issues immediate stay-at-home order for COVID-19 patients

Any Mississippian diagnosed with COVID-19 must immediately isolate at home, according to an order just issued by State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs.

  1,074 new COVID-19 cases, 42 new deaths reported Tuesday in Mississippi

173 new cases and 6 new deaths were reported in South Mississippi Tuesday.

  Memorial Hospital approved for remdesivir trial

Memorial Hospital in Gulfport has been approved for a remdesivir trial.

5 COVID-19 cases now confirmed in Corinth School District

The district posted on Facebook about receiving notification after school Monday of the additional individuals who tested positive for the virus, bringing Corinth’s total to five cases.

  Recent studies suggest kids could be high transmitters of COVID-19

Two recent studies suggest younger kids could be potentially more contagious. Since the beginning of the pandemic one of the many baffling phenomenon centers around children and how they handle the virus.

COVID-19 testing made available on USM campus ahead of fall semester

COVID-19 testing is now available on the Hattiesburg campus for students, faculty and staff of the University of Southern Mississippi.

  Dobbs: Decline in COVID cases could be short-lived; some clinics aren’t reporting test results

While weekly totals of coronavirus cases dropped Sunday for the first time in two months, health care providers warn that the decrease may not truly reflect the pandemic across the state because cases continue to go under reported from urgent care clinics in multiple counties.

Corinth School District reports additional COVID-19 cases after first week of school

On Monday, Corinth reported two additional cases at the high school.

State Health Officer: ‘I think it’s a good idea to delay school’

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs says he believes school should not reopen this month.

  572 new COVID-19 cases, 8 new deaths reported Monday in Mississippi

142 new cases and no new deaths were reported in South Mississippi Monday.

Harvard health official: Miss. will become number one in the nation for COVID-19

The state has reported 59,881 positive cases and 1,693 deaths as of July 31.

Cities, counties could see COVID-19 relief through MEMA and FEMA

Counties and cities can apply for assistance through MEMA and FEMA as part of COVID-19 related relief programs.

  Harvard professor: “I am concerned about the state of the outbreak in Mississippi”

Dr. Ashish K. Jha has been studying Mississippi's numbers for several weeks and is very concerned.

  Gulfport company, Coast doctors prepare for COVID-19 clinical trial

On Aug. 10, COVID-19 clinical trials will begin on the Coast in hopes of eventually finding a way to help stop the disease, and patients will get their shot at helping find a cure.

  672 new COVID-19 cases, 10 new deaths reported Sunday in Mississippi

94 new cases and no new deaths were reported in South Mississippi Sunday.

  D’Iberville dojo fights to keep in-person classes during pandemic

There are no online courses for this dojo. Okinawa Kenpo Martial Arts in D’Iberville prefers face-to-face interactions over digital screens any day of the week.

  Kansas girl hears world around her for first time

Two-year-old Mavis Malone brings a lovable laugh and sparkling smile to a world she’s largely experienced without hearing it.

  1,134 new COVID-19 cases, 30 new deaths reported Saturday in Mississippi

82 new cases and 1 new death were reported in South Mississippi Saturday.

  Local parents share back to school risk concerns in the age of coronavirus

Parents are worried about the risks associated with returning to school.

  Miss. students must be up-to-date on vaccines even if taking online classes, doctor says

Immunizations are important to keep on schedule, according to Dr. Gaudet.

Ochsner Health becomes 1 of 120 sites around the world to conduct Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine study

Ochsner Health is one of 120 sites around the world that’s participating in the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine study.

  Senior living facility adopts pen pal campaign to connect residents to the public during pandemic

Back in March, many nursing homes and senior living facilities had to put a stop to visitation in response to COVID-19.

25 South Miss. long-term care facilities report COVID-19 cases in residents, staff

In total, there were 145 employee cases, 172 resident cases and 19 resident deaths related to COVID-19 reported in 25 LTC facilities across the six southern counties.

Gov. Reeves’ office releases COVID-19 executive orders ‘cheat sheet’

With Gov. Tate Reeves having signed several executive orders related to COVID-19, his office is now making it easier to know what the orders mean for Mississippians across the state.

  KAFB Medical Center ramps up rapid COVID-19 testing

On Friday we got a peek behind the curtain at some of the lab technicians helping Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center lead the way in terms of rapid COVID-19 testing.