Coronavirus

  1,005 new COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths reported Friday in Mississippi

174 new cases and no new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Friday.

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  State Representative continues to spread smiles at retirement community

  Community Thanksgiving Dinner feed bodies and souls

  Loaves and Fishes serves Thanksgiving Day dinner to those in need

  Healthcare workers just as thankful for patients this holiday season

  Empty seats, delivered feasts as virus changes Thanksgiving

  Supreme Court blocks NY coronavirus limits on houses of worship

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  Schools struggle to stay open as quarantines sideline staff

  1,746 new COVID-19 cases, 18 new deaths reported Thanksgiving Day in Mississippi

  Texas grandparents mail life-sized cutouts to family for holidays

  South Mississippi caterers busy this Thanksgiving season

  South Mississippi healthcare workers remain thankful this Thanksgiving

  Americans risk traveling over Thanksgiving despite warnings

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.

  1,092 new COVID-19 cases, 16 new deaths reported Wednesday in Mississippi

151 new cases and one new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Wednesday

  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.

  Holiday fitness goals stay intact despite pandemic

  Picture of US economy is worrisome as virus inflicts damage

  COVID-19 in Mississippi: 148,387 cases, 3,769 deaths reported by health dept.

  27 COVID deaths at Illinois vets nursing home prompts probe

  EU says first coronavirus vaccinations possible by Christmas

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

  Monoclonal antibody treatment showing positive results for South Mississippi residents

Monoclonal antibodies have been shown to directly neutralize the COVID-19 virus and prevent the progression of the disease, according MSDH.

  Demand for rapid COVID-19 testing soars ahead of Thanksgiving

AlphaCare Urgent Care has seen an increase in the number of asymptomatic people taking extra precautions ahead of Thanksgiving and being tested for COVID-19.

  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.

  Surgical interns help keep the OR running at Singing River Health System

They say it takes more than one person to make any type of surgical procedure a success. That’s why Singing River Health System’s Surgical Internship program gives hands on training to add to the workforce, and help save lives.

  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.

  TeamVR opens from the ashes of a failed business

A coast family that went into business just before the COVID-19 pandemic is showing that resilience and hard work are more important than ever for business success.

MSU, Southern Miss cancel sports events amid COVID-19 concerns

Golden Eagles, Bulldogs cancel events

  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.

  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.

  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.

  DeSoto County tops state in COVID-19 cases as some officials there downplay pandemic

Dubbed “on fire” with coronavirus infections weeks ago, DeSoto County now leads the state in total positive cases, with some elected officials continuing to question -- without proof -- whether the numbers from the state’s health department are accurate.

  Coast Mardi Gras parade first to be canceled due to COVID risks

As concerns over the rising number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow, at least one Mardi Gras parade on the Coast has already been canceled due to the pandemic.

  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.

  Preparing children for Thanksgiving during a pandemic

Health officials also recommend gathering outdoors with children when possible for the holidays.

  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.

  ‘It feels like we’re sliding backwards’ says Biloxian in NYC during pandemic

Stephen Pitalo has lived and worked there since 1995, and like all of us, he’s ready for the pandemic to be over, but he also understands there’s still a long way to go.

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 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths reported Monday in Mississippi

80 new cases and no new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Monday

  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.

  Some Coast residents ready, willing to take COVID-19 vaccine

A COVID-19 vaccine could be available as early as the second week of December. Many coast residents we spoke with feel the benefits of getting it far outweigh any concerns.

  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.

  779 new COVID-19 cases, 19 new deaths reported Sunday in Mississippi

98 new cases and no new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Sunday

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.

  Coast residents still plan Thanksgiving celebration, but with precautions

While COVID-19 rates are now the worst they have ever been in the state, the Thanksgiving traditions haven’t stopped cold turkey.

Miss. Gov. urged to enforce statewide mask order by State Rep.

Saturday, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported 1,972 new cases and 15 additional deaths.

  Many GOP lawmakers shrug off Statehouse mask-wearing rules

Efforts to require lawmakers and staff to wear masks have received a cool reception even in statehouses that have seen outbreaks of the virus or where Republican governors have issued statewide mandates.

  Tenn. woman delivers baby while hospitalized with COVID-19

Now she’s sharing her experience with others and hopes they take the warning serious.

  1,972 new COVID-19 cases, 15 new deaths reported Saturday in Mississippi

237 new cases and 4 new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Saturday

Brandon man volunteers for Pfizer coronavirus vaccine study

In the race for a COVID-19 vaccine, Pfizer submitted an application to the Food and Drug Administration for an emergency use authorization for its experimental coronavirus vaccine.

State medical leaders warn of staffing shortages and precautions ahead of Thanksgiving

Health leaders warn that Mississippi's trends don't have to follow what we're seeing in other parts of the country.

  Daily COVID-19 deaths in US reach highest level since May

The surging coronavirus is taking an increasingly dire toll across the U.S. just as a vaccine appears at hand, with the country now averaging over 1,300 COVID-19 deaths per day — the highest since the calamitous spring in and around New York City.

  What does emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine mean?

During a health crisis, the FDA can loosen its normal scientific standards to allow emergency use of experimental drugs, devices, vaccines and other medical products.

‘Make simple sacrifices‘: Miss. health officials warn no traditional holiday gatherings

Experts say preventing community spread is critical to keeping health care employees well enough to care for patients and stopping the spread of the virus.

Montevallo mother of 10 dies after being diagnosed with COVID-19

Katherine Pennington of Montevallo was buried Thursday. She leaves behind 10 children ranging in age from 5 to 17.

  Student heading home for the holiday? Get a virus test, colleges say

Thousands of cases have been connected to campuses since some colleges reopened this fall, forcing students to quarantine in dorms and shifting classes online.

  1,638 new COVID-19 cases, 23 new deaths reported Friday in Mississippi

185 new cases and 2 new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Friday

Gulfport School District planning ahead in case of COVID outbreak after Thanksgiving

School is still set to return on Nov. 30 but Gulfport teachers are sending home lessons for the next several weeks just in case students are forced to go virtual.

  COVID-19 survivors ‘needed’ to donate plasma

We’ve always known that donating blood helps save lives, but if you’re a COVID-19 survivor, your blood could help treat a Coronavirus patient.

  Health experts clash over use of certain drugs for COVID-19

Health officials around the world disagree on the use certain drugs for COVID-19, leading to different treatment options for patients depending on where they live.

  St. Jude scientists make breakthrough and discover possible COVID-19 treatment

Scientists at St. Jude may have figured out how COVID-19 kills, and more importantly, how to stop it.

Frontline workers talk about toll of more than 200 days caring for COVID-19 patients

Nurses say they are feeling the toll of caring for COVID-19 patients.

  Bay St. Louis business stays course; looks forward to 2021

The Wedding Collection isn’t about to slow down after a tough year. Now is the time to set the stage, so to speak, for 2021.

Tyson suspends Iowa plant managers amid virus betting claim

At the time of the alleged betting, Tyson was resisting pressure from local officials to shut down the plant as a safety precaution. The company argued the plant, which can process nearly 20,000 hogs per day, was a vital market for farmers and critical to the meat supply.

  1,395 new COVID-19 cases, 13 new deaths reported Thursday in Mississippi

165 new cases and 2 new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Thursday

  Southeastern Grocers, Feeding the Gulf Coast provide 500 families with food for Thanksgiving

Five hundred Coast families now have everything they need for a Thanksgiving feast, thanks to a generous donation.

  EXPLAINER: What’s with the confusion over masks?

A lot of the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus comes down to a seemingly simple concept: Wearing a mask.

  Number of COVID cases in schools released for week of Nov. 9-13

Here is a breakdown of the number of cases and quarantines for South Mississippi schools for the week of Nov. 9-13, 2020.