Coronavirus

Mississippi doc: No link between politics, vaccine hesitancy

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs says he talks with equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans who are unsure about getting vaccinated.

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  292 new COVID-19 cases, 14 new deaths Saturday in Mississippi

  Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million

  With weekly COVID cases increasing slightly in Miss., vaccine hesitancy remains a concern

  US setting up $1.7B national network to track virus variants

  216 new COVID-19 cases, 12 new deaths Friday in Mississippi

  COVID-19 in Mississippi: 292 new cases reported Sat.

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  US opens more distance in worldwide race against coronavirus

  Pfizer: 3rd COVID vaccine dose likely needed within 12 months

Coronavirus hug image named World Press Photo of the Year

  Study looks at weight gain during pandemic

  Apple studies whether Apple Watch can detect COVID-19, flu

  St Vincent fears COVID-19 outbreak with volcano evacuations

  410 new COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths Thursday in Mississippi

There were 40 new cases and no new deaths reported in South Mississippi on Thursday.

  $1,400 stimulus checks helped March retail sales soar 9.8%

Retail sales surged a seasonally adjusted 9.8% in March after dropping about 3% the month before, the Commerce Department said Thursday.

  WHO: Europe has surpassed 1 million COVID-19 deaths

Overall, a tally by Johns Hopkins University shows nearly 3 million deaths have been linked to COVID-19 worldwide.

  VIDEO: Dr. Fauci, Dr. Webb speak on vaccine concerns regarding hesitancy, J&J pause

WLOX spoke with Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Cameron Webb, who both serve on the White House COVID-19 Response Team, about the J&J vaccine.

MDOT helping schedule free rides to vaccine sites

  ‘Red’ states on U.S. electoral map lagging on vaccinations

  Study: Leaving middle seat open on planes reduces COVID exposure risk

Parents can schedule online COVID-19 appointments for 16 or 17-year-olds in Miss.

  Vaccine advice for pregnant, postpartum women after J&J pause

  275 new COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths Wednesday in Mississippi

  COVID safety rules may limit your trip — even if you’re vaccinated

Given ongoing international quarantine rules, capacity limits, complicated testing requirements and more, avoid setting your heart on a dream vacation just yet.

CDC updates guidance for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces

The CDC recently changed its guidance for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

  Local pharmacies bombarded with questions, concerns about J&J vaccine

With concerns over blood clots following the vaccine, many people called pharmacies across the Coast to change their vaccination appointment or to cancel altogether.

  Pause on J&J vaccine not expected to have drastic impact on vaccination rates in Miss.

None of the cases of J&J complications have been identified in Mississippi.

  US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J shots in blow to vaccine drive

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said they were investigating unusual clots that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination.

CORRECTION: COVID death in Miss. was not vaccine-related

[This article is correcting a previous error by WLBT.]

42K J&J vaccines administered in Miss., MSDH encourages ‘pause,’ not fear

The lion share of the J&J vaccines have been administered in clinics, MSDH says.

Poll: 15% of Americans worse off a year into pandemic

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the economy — the United States still has 8.4 million fewer jobs than it had in February 2020, just before the pandemic struck.

  317 new COVID-19 cases, 23 new deaths Tuesday in Mississippi

There were 56 new cases and 2 new deaths reported in South Mississippi on Tuesday.

  Selena Gomez and J.Lo headline vax concert for poor nations

The concert, which airs May 8 on ABC, CBS and FOX as well as on iHeartMedia radio stations and YouTube, will also showcase the Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder, J Balvin and H.E.R.

  Half of US adults to be vaccinated by end of week

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly 46% of adults in the US have already received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and about 28% are fully vaccinated.

Reeves pokes fun at Biden’s ‘Neanderthal’ comment as state’s virus cases continue downward trend

It’s been over a month since President Joe Biden called Mississippi’s elimination of the mask mandate akin to “Neanderthal thinking.”

  Drivers wanted: Record demand at Uber as vaccinations rise

The San Francisco ride-hailing company said Monday that total monthly bookings, including food delivery and passenger service, reached an all-time high in March.

  Tweaked COVID vaccines in testing aim to fend off variants

Viruses constantly evolve, and the world is in a race to vaccinate millions and tamp down the coronavirus before even more mutants emerge.

Increasing variants threaten progress against COVID-19 fight, Dobbs says

Mississippi has detected 147 UK variants, 1 South African variant, and 3 Brazilian strains of the virus, officials say.

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

There were 8 new cases and no new deaths reported in South Mississippi on Monday.

  Shops, gyms, outdoor dining restart in Britain

Monday sees the easing of restrictions that have been in place in England since early January to suppress a surge in coronavirus infections linked to a more transmissible new variant of the virus.

  Georgia pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccine site after adverse reactions

The Georgia Department of Health says the reactions were consistent with common reactions in adults receiving any vaccine.

  117 new COVID-19 cases, 1 new death Sunday in Mississippi

There were 20 new cases and no new deaths reported in South Mississippi on Sunday.

Report: Hotel will house Olympic athletes with COVID-19

The measure underlines the risk of trying to hold the Olympics and Paralympics during a pandemic.

East Biloxi Church hosts COVID-19 vaccination event

On Saturday, the church jumped on the opportunity to help the community by partnering with Gulfport’s Memorial Hospital to host a vaccine site.

  238 new COVID-19 cases, 9 new deaths Saturday in Mississippi

There were 28 new cases and 2 new deaths reported in South Mississippi on Saturday.

  Stalled at first jab: Vaccine shortages hit poor countries

As many as 60 countries might be stalled at the first shots of their coronavirus vaccinations because nearly all deliveries through the global program intended to help some of the world's poorest nations are blocked until as late as June.

  Mississippi’s Hispanic community lagging behind in COVID-19 vaccinations

The Hispanic community is lagging behind in getting the COVID-19 vaccines.

  CDC ties COVID clusters to youth sports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says youth tournaments and extracurricular activities are creating clusters where coronavirus can spread among children.

  Pfizer asks US to allow more kids to get vaccine

Pfizer asks Food and Drug Administration to expand the use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 12 to 15.

  No region in the world spared as virus cases, deaths surge

Nations around the world are setting new records for COVID-19 deaths and new coronavirus infections, and the disease is surging even in some countries that have kept the virus in check.

  WHO chief decries ‘shocking’ vaccine imbalance

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that on average, one in four people in rich countries has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, compared to only one in 500 people in low-income countries.

  243 new COVID-19 cases, 4 new deaths Friday in Mississippi

There were 40 new cases and no new deaths reported in South Mississippi on Friday.

  FEMA to start taking applicants for COVID-related funeral reimbursements

A new reimbursement program from the Federal Emergency Management Agency could take some of the financial burden off grieving relatives.

  Governor Tate Reeves discusses year two in the fight against COVID-19

Governor Tate Reeves sits down to discuss year two of fighting COVID-19.

  Florida sues federal government to allow cruises to sail

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the no-sail order is outdated and hurts the state as the industry generates billions for the economy and employs tens of thousands of Floridians.

  Governments give varying advice on AstraZeneca vaccine

A patchwork of advice was emerging from governments across Europe and farther afield, a day after the European Union’s drug regulator said there was a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca vaccine and a rare clotting disorder while reiterating the vaccine is safe and effective.

  COVID-19 patient receives lung transplant from living donors

Kyoto University Hospital said it was the world’s first transplant of lung tissue from living donors to a person with COVID-19 lung damage.

  240 new COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths Thursday in Mississippi

There were 27 new cases and 2 new deaths reported in South Mississippi on Thursday.

  Study shows a third of COVID-19 survivors suffer mental health or neurological symptoms

A third of COVID-19 survivors may suffer longer term mental health or neurological symptoms, a new study in the journal Lancet Psychiatry finds.

  UK advises limiting AstraZeneca in under-30s amid clot worry

The EU’s drug regulator says it has found a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and a rare clotting disorder but said that the benefits of the shot still outweigh the risks.

  Re-Entry Job Fair in Jackson County offers second chance to unemployed

15 vendors set up tables, tents and chairs as potential employees drove past them one-by-one.

  CDC: Variant found in Britain most common in US

Walensky says new outbreaks have been tied to youth sports and day care centers.

  As states expand vaccines, prisoners still lack access

Nationwide, less than 20% of state and federal prisoners have been vaccinated, according to data collected by The Marshall Project and The Associated Press.

  270 new COVID-19 cases, 4 new deaths Wednesday in Mississippi

There were 65 new cases and 3 new deaths reported in South Mississippi on Wednesday.

  Woman recovering after rare windpipe transplant from donor

Doctors say this drastic operation could potentially help other people including COVID-19 patients left with serious windpipe damage from breathing machines.

  At Disney World, smiles won’t be hidden for much longer

Starting Thursday, visitors to the theme park resort will be able to remove their masks temporarily for outdoor photos.

  Nearly half of new US virus infections are in just 5 states

New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey together reported 44% of the nation’s new COVID-19 infections.

  Official: EU agency to confirm AstraZeneca blood clot link

Any further doubts about the AstraZeneca vaccine would be a setback for the shot, which is critical to Europe’s immunization campaign and a linchpin in the global strategy to get vaccines to poorer countries.

  Man arrested at Disney Springs refused temperature screening, refused to leave, deputies say

Kelly Sills of Baton Rouge, La., refused to undergo a temperature screening at Disney Springs, according to deputies, which Disney requires as a COViD-19 precaution.

  Study: Moderna vaccine lasts at least 6 months

The report Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine echoes what Pfizer said last week about its vaccine, which works in a similar way.

  Viral thoughts: Why COVID-19 conspiracy theories persist

Conspiracy theories about the coronavirus have flourished since the global pandemic was declared a year ago. Researchers want to know why.

  Norwegian Cruise Line to resume trips in Greece, Caribbean

Norwegian said Tuesday that it plans trips in late July in the Greek islands and in August in the Caribbean.

  Most kids with serious inflammatory illness had mild COVID

The unusual post-infection condition tends to be milder in kids who were sicker with COVID-19, although more than half of affected youngsters received intensive hospital care, according to a CDC analysis.

Miss. receives $29.7M to expand vaccination efforts in minority communities

31 percent of all shots administered have gone to African Americans.

  No new COVID-19 cases Tuesday in South Mississippi; 183 new cases, 18 new deaths statewide

There were zero new cases and no new deaths reported in South Mississippi on Tuesday.

  State agencies partner to get vaccines to homebound older adults

Two state agencies are partnering to improve access to COVID-19 vaccines.Their focus? Homebound older adults and minority populations.

  Norwegian Cruise Line asks CDC to allow trips from US in July

The Norwegian Cruise Line is seeking permission to resume trips from U.S. ports on July 4, requiring passengers and crew members to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks before the trip.

  Growing concern over COVID-19 variant infecting children

Experts are raising the alarm about a virus variant that appears to be infecting school-age children and younger adults.

  UK will test vaccine passports, to ease lockdown next week

Businesses from barbers to bookstores will be allowed to reopen next week in the United Kingdom.

  Some businesses want masks on, even as states drop mandates

Many business owners are keeping their own rules in place, requiring staffers and customers alike to wear masks for the sake of protecting everybody, particularly their employees. And the law is on an owner’s side.

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

8 new cases and no new deaths reported in South Mississippi on Monday.