Coronavirus

  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.

  Students meet and greet teachers days before first school bells ring

  Progress slow on virus relief bill as negotiations continue

  Free daycare services now available to more essential workers

Annual Sturgis rally expecting 250K, stirring virus concerns

  Some coast bar owners want late night restrictions eased

7 Cardinals, 6 staff test positive; series at Detroit off

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  Nearly 300 employees in Ga. school district test positive or in contact with virus

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

US Treasury projects record Q3 borrowing of $947 billion

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

  Coronavirus in Mississippi: 61,125 cases, 1,711 deaths reported by health dept.

  Some parents forming ‘pandemic pods’ to teach their kids

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.

  ‘We were a regular family’: Ga. teen loses both parents to COVID-19 days apart

The 17-year-old says he and his parents took all the proper precautions, but they all tested positive for COVID-19. He doesn't know how they contracted the virus.

  Parents struggle as schools reopen amid coronavirus surge

Many schools are planning a hybrid approach, with students alternating between in-person classes and online instruction.

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.

  Retail rout gains pace, Lord & Taylor seeks bankruptcy

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

Eagles coach Doug Pederson tests positive for COVID-19

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

  Catholic Diocese of Biloxi schools prepare for in-person classes

  With loan money gone, restaurants are at mercy of coronavirus

  As school begins amid virus, parents see few good options

As the academic year begins in many places across the country this week, parents are having to choose whether to send their children for in-person classes or keep them home for remote learning because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Bar owner reacts to extended alcohol restrictions during pandemic

Gov. Tate Reeves has extended his executive order mandating that bars and restaurants stop selling alcohol at 11 p.m. until Aug. 17.

  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.

Pac-12 football players urge opt-out amid COVID-19 concerns

The Pac-12 on Friday released a revised football schedule for the upcoming season, which because of the pandemic is not guaranteed to be played.

  India reports 55,000 virus cases, Florida faces storm

India reported nearly 55,000 new coronavirus cases on Sunday and Japan recorded more than 1,500 for a second day while Florida braced for a tropical storm that threatened to hamper anti-disease efforts.

  Scientists study coronavirus outbreaks among minks in Europe

In the meantime, authorities have killed more than 1 million minks at breeding farms in Spain and the Netherlands as a precaution.

  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.

  Miss. Teachers Unite rally at governor’s mansion to delay school start

Teachers with Mississippi Teachers Unite rallied at Governor Tate Reeves’ mansion on Saturday.

  Educators, parents ‘preach to the choir’ at Mississippi Teachers Unite Rally

The Mississippi Chapter of Refuse to Return had some powerful words at Saturday’s Mississippi Teacher’s Unite rally in Biloxi.

South Africa hits 500,000 confirmed cases, still not at peak

South Africa on Saturday surpassed 500,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, representing more than 50% of all reported coronavirus infections in Africa's 54 countries.

  Ind. student tests positive for COVID-19 on first day of school

The district’s superintendent, Dr. Harold Olin, says their plan was immediately put in place.

  Negotiators report progress in COVID-19 aid talks

The White House and its GOP allies appear to be retreating from their opposition to a $600-per-week supplemental unemployment benefit that has propped up both the economy and family budgets but expired Friday.

  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.

  Storm could hinder US virus response; Mexico No. 3 in deaths

Hurricane Isaias’ imminent arrival forced the closure of some outdoor testing sites even as Florida reached a new daily high in deaths.

  Rally at Biloxi Lighthouse will highlight school safety concerns

The Biloxi event is one of several taking place across Mississippi as most school districts prepare to send students back to the classroom next week.

  Pascagoula-Gautier School District postpones return to school by two days

The Pascagoula Gautier School District announced Friday that they're pushing back the start date by two days to Monday, August 10.

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

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

  US sinks another $2.1 billion into a potential vaccine

The U.S. government has a further option for the supply of an additional 500 million doses longer term as part of its Operation Warp Speed program.

12,000 sign petition urging Alcorn State University not to resume in-person classes

More than 12,000 students, alumni and others have signed a petition urging the university to offer virtual classes.

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.

  Road trip? Quarantines mess with Americans’ travel plans

The web of state and local quarantines is growing more tangled by the day: New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have ordered visitors from a whopping 34 states to quarantine for 14 days.

  Fauci confident virus vaccine will get to Americans in 2021

Dr. Anthony Fauci is returning to Capitol Hill on Friday.

  Georgia camp with COVID-19 outbreak didn’t require masks

A Georgia overnight camp hit by a coronavirus outbreak took many precautions, but didn’t make campers wear masks or have proper ventilation in buildings, according to a government report released Friday.

  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.

  1,168 new COVID-19 cases, 52 new deaths reported Friday in Mississippi

119 new cases and 2 new deaths were reported in South Mississippi Friday.

Virus rocks MLB: Cards-Brewers off; 2 St. Louis positives

The coronavirus forced another change in Major League Baseball’s schedule, bringing the league’s total to eight teams affected in the first nine days of the season.

Gulfport considering $2.5M in cuts to FY2020 budget

A memo obtained by WLOX News shows Gulfport’s administration will recommend slashing $2.5 million from the FY2020 budget.

Transition from work-at-home novice to pro

As work and home life meld, it’s difficult to maintain boundaries, stay productive and take care of your mental health amid the pandemic.

  Rent’s due, again: Monthly anxieties deepen as aid falls off

Many left jobless by the crisis are already behind on payments. And the arrival of August brings new anxieties.

  Virus testing turnaround times reveal wide disparity

Health experts say test results that come back after two or three days are nearly worthless, because by then the window for tracing the person's contacts to prevent additional infections has essentially closed.

  Why is obesity a leading predictor to COVID-19 hospitalizations?

Before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, another health crisis took a heavy toll on people across the United States…obesity.

  2nd US virus surge hits plateau, but few experts celebrate

Scientists aren’t celebrating by any means, warning that the trend is driven by four big, hard-hit states and that cases are rising in at least half of all the states

  Trump offers, Democrats reject fix for $600 jobless benefit

Frustrated negotiators of a massive coronavirus relief bill face heightened pressure with Thursday’s brutal economic news and the rapidly approaching lapse in a $600 per-week expanded jobless benefit that has helped prop up consumer demand.

  Gov. Reeves responds to Mississippi’s high positivity rate; Half of state now under mask mandate

More than 21 percent of Mississippi's COVID-19 tests are coming back positive.

SEC goes to conference-only schedule, Sept. 26 start

The SEC's university presidents agreed on a 10-game schedule that eliminates all nonconference opponents and is set to begin Sept. 26.

  CARES Act money helps school districts make technology, safety supply purchases

It took a pandemic to make it happen, but by the end of the year, almost every student in South Mississippi will have their own computer to take home.

St. Patrick unveils ‘SP Shield’ plan for coming year

Officials with St. Patrick High School have been working all summer to create the road map to guide everyone through a year in the time of COVID-19.

  Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast to become virtual education hubs

As a way to serve some of the children, each of the six units will now become a virtual education hub only for the children of those parents who choose the distance learning option but can’t be at home to oversee the process.

  Record economic plunge, bleak jobs numbers reveal virus toll

The coronavirus pandemic sent the U.S. economy plunging by a record-shattering 32.9% annual rate last quarter and is still inflicting damage across the country, squeezing already struggling businesses and forcing a wave of layoffs that shows no sign of abating.

  Herman Cain dies of COVID at 74

Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain has died of COVID-19. He was 74.

  8 counties added to governor’s mask mandate

On Thursday, Mississippi State Department of Health reported a new record-high of 1,775 cases and 48 deaths in one day.

  Gulfport church hosts food, school supply giveaway

As often as possible, Fresh Oil Ministries in Gulfport hosts food giveaways to connect with the community. On Thursday, they also handed out free school supplies.

  Ocean Springs Mayor Shea Dobson tests positive for coronavirus

Mayor Shea Dobson confirmed to WLOX that he tested positive for coronavirus this week after someone in his household tested positive.

  Biloxi MMA Beach Bash set for Saturday

Another big outdoor event is set for this weekend on the grounds at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Chairs and tables are already going in place for Saturday's Biloxi MMA Beach Bash.

  UK scientists immunizing hundreds with coronavirus vaccine

Dr. Robin Shattock, a professor at the college, told The Associated Press that he and colleagues had just finished a very slow and arduous process of testing the vaccine at a low dose in the initial participants and would now expand the trial to about 300 people, including some over age 75.

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing continues as case numbers increase

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing continues at numerous locations in South Mississippi. Thursday, Memorial Hospital in Gulfport set up testing at the Woolmarket Community Center.

  1,775 new COVID-19 cases, 48 new deaths reported Thursday in Mississippi

251 new cases and 6 new deaths were reported in South Mississippi as of July 29, 2020

Mississippi has the highest COVID positivity rate in U.S.

Mississippi has the highest rate of positive COVID-19 tests in the country, data over the past 14 days shows.

  Groups unite to urge US to extend food aid to schoolchildren

The group is pushing the Republican-led Senate and Trump to adopt the HEROES Act.

  Democrats trim convention hours amid coronavirus pandemic

Joe Biden is expected to accept the party’s presidential nomination on the final night of the convention, which runs Aug. 17-20, the schedule released late Wednesday said.

  Trump downplays West Texas energy worries, attacks Democrats

Trump took sweeping digs at so-called “crazy left radical Democrats” on a fundraising trip to the fracking fields of West Texas. The oil and gas industry is struggling with the pandemic economic downturn and global oversupply.

  Rep. Gohmert tests positive for COVID before planned trip with Trump

Gohmert, R-Texas, did not wear a mask at the judiciary committee hearing Tuesday where Attorney General Bill Barr testified.

  Some Americans may be suffering from pandemic-related post-traumatic stress symptoms, study says

The coronavirus pandemic has fostered fear and forced changed in our way of life and new research suggests an alarming number of Americans may be suffering from post traumatic stress symptoms because of it.

  ‘This is a really challenging set of circumstances,’ says child psychologist on new school year

Child psychologist says parents and guardians should talk regularly with their kids on school year expectations prior to return, in-person or virtual.

  JetBlue tests UV device for disinfecting planes

JetBlue is experimenting with a high-tech UV light system to keep its planes clear of COVID-19.