Coronavirus

  Virus cases rise in US heartland, home to anti-mask feelings

The spread of coronavirus has created new problems at hospitals, schools and colleges in the Midwest, as well as in parts of the West.

6 items to add to your packing list for COVID-era travel

  Under virus strain, Europe’s leaders plead at UN for unity

White House ordered to have sign language at virus briefings

  2 charged for handling of virus outbreak at Mass. veterans home where 76 died

  722 new COVID-19 cases, 20 new deaths reported Friday in Mississippi

  COVID-19 in Mississippi: 96,032 cases, 2,894 deaths reported by health dept.

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  Drugmaker Novavax begins late-stage vaccine trial in UK

  Ole Miss suspends team activities until October 8

  Misreported Deaths: Government count of nursing home COVID-19 cases still inaccurate despite criticism

  Sorting through the symptoms: Allergies, Asthma, Flu vs. COVID-19

Gov. Reeves: Don’t let politics hinder virus vaccination

  Democrats to redraft virus relief in bid to jump-start talks

  Fraud, backlogs disrupt US unemployment benefit payments

The biggest threat is posed by sophisticated international fraud rings that often use stolen identities to apply for benefits, filling out the forms with a wealth of accurate information that enables their applications to “sail through the system.”

Ole Miss suspends baseball activities after positive COVID tests

Ole Miss is suspending baseball activities for several weeks.

United to offer COVID testing for some travelers

United Airlines will offer coronavirus testing on flights from San Francisco International Airport to Hawaiian airports. Passengers with negative results won't have to quarantine for two weeks.

  737 new COVID-19 cases, 4 new deaths reported Thursday in Mississippi

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

  Annual Lennon tribute, in 40th year, goes online

  Drug companies work jointly to boost vaccine confidence

  US experts vow ‘no cutting corners’ as vaccine tests expand

Missouri governor, opponent of mandatory masks, has COVID-19

New Year’s Eve in Times Square incorporates virtual elements

  Officials urge flu vaccine as flu season, pandemic brings ‘doubly challenging’ time

USM faculty offering course on COVID-19, pandemic history to public

Faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi are launching a free, online course on understanding COVID-19 and related pandemic topics.

  552 new COVID-19 cases, 24 new deaths reported Wednesday in Mississippi

50 new cases and one new death were reported in South Mississippi on Wednesday

  South by Southwest announces online 2021 festival

Officials say they’ve joined forces with the city of Austin to still plan for physical events, in case they can be held amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  House easily passes stopgap funding bill, averting shutdown

Democrats and Republicans in a bitterly divided U.S. House have voted to take a government shutdown off the table this fall, giving a big, bipartisan vote to a temporary government-wide funding bill Tuesday night.

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).

  CDC to delay vote on who will get COVID vaccine

There’s general agreement among the CDC panel that frontline health care workers should be the first to get a vaccine when one is approved, but who gets priority after that?

  ‘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.

  NFL fines coaches, teams for not covering faces

The league levied hefty fines of $100,000 per coach and $250,000 per club.

  465 new COVID-19 cases, 36 new deaths reported Tuesday in Mississippi

70 new cases and 6 new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Tuesday

  Steakhouse chain Sizzler files for bankruptcy amid pandemic

Sizzler USA, one of America’s first casual restaurant chains, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it struggles amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Debunked Nashville COVID story prompts differing responses on Fox News

The story came from a Thursday report by Nashville’s Fox affiliate WZTV on “leaked emails” that the station retracted late Friday upon learning that they didn’t mean what its reporter thought they did.

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

A New Hampshire woman was not allowed to stay on an American Airlines flight with her 2-year-old son because he would not wear a mask as the airline requires.

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

The top U.S. public health agency stirred confusion by posting — and then taking down — an apparent change in its position on how easily the coronavirus can spread from person to person through the air.

  Moss Point School District will phase students back to campus starting October 5th

The first phase of that transition back to campus began Monday with diagnostic testing for second graders at Kreole Primary Elementary School.

  Long Beach School District says “Goodbye” to assigned days for in-person learning

Nearly six weeks has gone by and administrators felt the need for all students should be on campus at once.

  Pine-Sol cleaner approved for killing coronavirus on hard surfaces

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved Pine-Sol’s original cleaner as a product that can kill coronavirus on frequently used surfaces.

  US cruises vow 100% testing in plan for resuming sailing

The plan permits limited shore excursions and requires passengers to wear masks and stay apart from other people during those excursions. Passengers who don’t comply won’t be allowed to reboard.

Watchdog: Millions in danger of missing virus relief payouts

The Government Accountability Office, Congress' auditing arm, said in a report Monday that possibly 8.7 million or more individuals who are eligible for the economic impact payments have yet to receive those payments because of inadequate IRS and Treasury Department records.

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

Health authorities in the U.S. are deeply worried about the resumption of school and college and the onset of cold weather, which will force more people indoors.

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

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

  New senior living visitation guidelines announced by Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services

With COVID-19 numbers decreasing, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is now providing new recommendations on ways nursing homes can safely host visitation.

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

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instituted a national eviction moratorium in early September that lasts through the end of the year.

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

The principal called the Hooters mask "offensive to women and inappropriate," and the school district says it violates student dress code.

  Biden to focus on health care in Supreme Court debate

Joe Biden is using the sudden Supreme Court vacancy to reinforce his argument that the upcoming election should be a referendum on President Donald Trump’s handling of health care and the coronavirus.

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.

  277 new COVID-19 cases, 1 new death reported Sunday in Mississippi

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

  Singing River Health System preparing to fight COVID-19, the flu simultaneously

The goal is to help, not overwhelm the health system and to keep communities safe while dealing with both COVID-19 and the upcoming flu season.

  655 new COVID-19 cases, 17 new deaths reported Saturday in Mississippi

105 new cases and 2 new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Saturday

More LTC facilities reporting fewer COVID-19 cases in residents, staff

LTC facilities in South Mississippi reported 156 cases in staff members, 209 cases in residents and 26 resident deaths related to COVID-19.

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

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves is discussing the latest in the state’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  CDC drops controversial testing advice that caused backlash

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention essentially returned to its previous testing guidance, getting rid of language posted last month that said people who didn’t feel sick didn’t need to get tested.

  COVID measures could keep flu in check this year

The same measures we've been using to slow the spread of COVID-19 – like mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing – can also help stop the spread of flu.

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

Many thousands of volunteers from minority groups are needed for huge clinical trials underway or about to begin.

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.

  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.

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, 24 new deaths reported Thursday in Mississippi

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

  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, 22 new deaths reported Wednesday in Mississippi

64 new cases and no new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Wednesday

  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.

Coast county leads state in students quarantined due COVID-19 exposure for second consecutive week

In the six southernmost counties, 18 new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported in staff members and 46 new cases were reported in students.

  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.