Coronavirus

  Pascagoula Fire Dept. giving away free face masks Monday

If you need a face mask, but can’t find one, the Pascagoula Fire Department has you covered.

  US virus deaths top 100,000, 41 million unemployed

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

  2.1 million workers filed for unemployment last week

  Safe Return order brings smiles to local business owners

Trump continues to claim broad powers he doesn’t have

  House casts proxy votes in pandemic, Republicans have doubts

Los Angeles allows shopping, worship sooner than expected in pandemic

COVID-19 pandemic may lead to changes in the French Quarter

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  US death toll from coronavirus surges past 100,000 people

  Governor’s Safe Return order allows all businesses in Mississippi to reopen

Through kids’ eyes: Virus outbreak brings sadness, fear, joy

  Mosquito fogging begins; no worries about COVID-19 transmission through bites

Inquiry into Russia probe carries political consequences

  Ocean Springs senior living facility constructs a visitation room for family members

21 COVID-19 cases in NE Miss. attributed to funeral

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves is set to discuss the latest on the state’s efforts to combat COVID-19.

Boeing slashes 12,000 jobs as virus seizes travel industry

Boeing is cutting more than 12,000 jobs through layoffs and buyouts as the coronavirus pandemic seizes the travel industry. And the aircraft maker says more cuts are coming.

  CEO pay has topped $12.3M. Can it keep rising post-pandemic?

The typical pay package for CEOs at the biggest U.S. companies topped $12.3 million last year, and the gap between the boss and their workforces widened further, according to AP’s annual survey of executive compensation.

  Disney, SeaWorld announce plans for Florida parks to reopen

Disney World's reopening plan was approved Wednesday by Orange County, Fla. officials, clearing a hurdle to inviting people back in July.

  Landlord threatens Texas church’s lease over COVID relief effort

  Ford heats up police SUVs to 133 degrees to kill COVID-19

  313 new COVID-19 cases, 18 new deaths reported Wednesday in Mississippi

  CDC: More than 62,000 healthcare workers sickened by COVID-19, at least 291 dead

  14,044 cases of coronavirus identified by Miss. Dept. of Health; 670 deaths

  Hurricane protocols could be changing in the post-COVID-19 world

NerdWallet: Looking for safer ways to pay? Go contactless

Breaking old habits of forking over cash or swiping a credit card may be challenging, but contactless payments themselves are easy to use and may even help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

  AP-NORC poll: Half of Americans would get a COVID-19 vaccine

Among Americans who say they wouldn’t get vaccinated, 7 in 10 worry about safety.

  Nevada to reopen casinos June 4, welcoming tourists again

By allowing the casinos to reopen, with new rules on social distancing and sanitizing, the governor said Nevada would again welcome visitors but would be prepared to close down again if there is a spike in cases.

Walt Disney World presenting plans for reopening parks

Disney World and SeaWorld Orlando will present their proposals for phased reopenings before an Orange County task force on Wednesday, said Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings.

  Family learns of NY nursing home resident’s death of coronavirus from funeral home

More than half the nursing home residents and 10% of the workforce have tested positive for COVID-19, according to New York state data.

  From BBQs to swimming: Which summer activities pose the highest coronavirus risk?

“Our plea as we move into the summer.. as we open up more and more and give YOU more freedom.. we are asking you to make good decisions!” said Governor Tate Reeves

  Reeves reflects on pandemic response, blames himself for labeling some businesses ‘nonessential’

Gov. Tate Reeves said Mississippi has learned invaluable lessons and strategies after dealing with the coronavirus pandemic now for the last two and a half months, a trial by fire of sorts for states across the U.S.

  Farm aid program opens for applications Tuesday

Farmers and ranchers have been walloped by issues related to the closures of restaurants and schools in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  Stocks rise on Wall Street, but US braces for 100,000 deaths

The trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange reopened Tuesday in a largely symbolic step toward economic recovery, and stocks surged at the opening bell, even as the official U.S. death toll closed in on 100,000, a mark President Donald Trump once predicted the country would never see.

Ky. Gov. Beshear condemns rally where he was hung in effigy

Vowing not to back down after armed protesters gathered near his home and hung him in effigy, the governor of Kentucky on Tuesday condemned their use of “fear and terror” in a demonstration fueled by coronavirus restrictions.

  Ocean Springs High School graduates take in memorable graduation parade

Graduates sat high on the top of cars, taking in a memorable moment, that marks the end of a unique senior year.

NHL adopts 24-team playoff format if it can resume season

The NHL says it will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams if it is able to resume play.

  COVID-drained tax revenues could force cities to considers furloughs, layoffs

Cities could be looking at furloughs and layoffs to cope with COVID-19-induced revenue loss, one mayor has said.

US closes probes into 3 senators over their stock trades

Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Kelly Loeffler of Georgia and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma have been informed that the Justice Department has closed investigations into their stock trades.

  Locals see signs that rats are acting more violently as they seek food during the pandemic

Discarded food rats relied on from commercial establishments diminished significantly because of closures during the pandemic.

  Deadlocked Congress shifts virus focus to small business aid

It's a defining moment for the political parties heading toward the election and one that will affect the livelihoods of countless Americans suddenly dependent on the federal government.

  FabLab kicks off summer camp with new safety protocols in place

With much preparation to ensure kids are safe, only ten people are allowed in the facility—that’s five students and five teachers.

State Economist: Miss. entering ‘sharp, painful recession’

As of May 26, more than 13,000 people in the state have tested positive for the virus, with more than 650 dead. More than 9,000 have recovered.

  What psychiatric problems can follow a severe case of COVID-19?

Delirium, confusion and agitation may be common for people while hospitalized with severe coronavirus infections.

  Six Flags announces new safety measures for when parks reopen

If you are planning a trip to Six Flags this year, you will need to know about the new policies the company has put in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  Dangerous blood clots pose a perplexing coronavirus threat

Doctors and scientists at dozens of hospitals and universities around the globe are seeking answers while trying to measure virus patients’ risks for clots and testing drugs to treat or prevent them.

  273 new COVID-19 cases, 17 new deaths reported Tuesday in Mississippi

Three new deaths are reported in Pearl River County but South Mississippi does not have any new cases of the virus.

Non-tax filers: how to receive your stimulus check

The IRS wants to reach everyone with a $1,200 stimulus check. This includes those that may not have filed taxes in 2018 or 2019.

  Bell rings but trading floor chaos subdued as NYSE reopens

The trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange reopened for the first time in two months with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ringing the iconic bell, but the controlled chaos was more subdued Tuesday under new pandemic rules.

  Worker shortage concerns loom in immigrant-heavy meatpacking

The industry has historically relied on foreign-born workers — from people in the country illegally to refugees — for some of America's most dangerous jobs.

  Pandemic precautions alter airport security procedures

If you haven’t flown since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, things at the airport are definitely different.

  Boy Scout, 13, plays ‘Taps’ nightly outside NJ veterans’ home hit by coronavirus

At least 79 veterans at the hard-hit New Jersey facility have died from COVID-19.

  Analysis: Percent of hospitalizations from COVID-19 dropping in Miss.

As Mississippi stands to hit 15,000 total coronavirus cases by the end of this month, state leaders say hospitalization data is one of the biggest indicators to help determine if the state’s social distancing measures and COVID-19 strategies are working.

  Pandemic brings smaller, subdued Memorial Day observances

U.S. authorities warned beach-goers to heed social-distancing rules to avoid a resurgence of the virus that has infected 5.4 million people worldwide and killed over 345,000, including nearly 100,000 Americans, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

  Flint Creek Water Park back open with new safety procedures

After a successful opening weekend, the team at Flint Creek’s Watertown park is still adapting to the new normal.

  Trump honors war dead in events colored by pandemic’s threat

President Donald Trump honored America’s fallen service members on Monday as he commemorated Memorial Day in back-to-back appearances in the midst of the pandemic.

  People flock to Mississippi Gulf Coast for Memorial Day

Memorial Day turned out to be busy as people returned to Mississippi beaches.

Ewing out of hospital after being treated for COVID-19

The 57-year-old Hall of Famer, who played for the Hoyas in college and the New York Knicks in the NBA, announced Friday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus and was being treated at a hospital.

  Beachside hotels see business pick up over Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend brought a crowd to the Gulf Coast with hotels along Highway 90 seeing an increase in business over Memorial Day weekend.

  NY Times publishes names of lives lost to virus on front page

They gathered information about victims from across the country and pointed out that they represent only about 1% of the total number.

  How to stay safe while stepping out during a pandemic

By now, all 50 states have reopened to some degree and while experts are warning moving too fast could accelerate the COVID-19 pandemic, many are wondering if it is even safe to visit businesses.

  206 new COVID-19 cases, 10 new deaths reported Monday in Mississippi

South Mississippi saw nine new COVID-19 cases Sunday with no new deaths reported.

  Biden makes 1st in-person appearance in more than 2 months

When Biden emerged on Monday, he wore a face mask, in contrast to President Donald Trump, who has refused to cover his face in public as health officials suggest.

UN virus therapy trial pauses hydroxychloroquine testing

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that in light of a paper published last week in the Lancet that showed people taking hydroxychloroquine were at higher risk of death and heart problems, there would be “a temporary pause” on the hydroxychloroquine arm of its global clinical trial.

  High prices at grocery stores and supply chain disruptions expected to persist

Americans looking to get outside this holiday weekend, maybe fire up the grill, should be prepared to see high prices at grocery stores, especially cookout staples like ground beef and chicken.

  Crowds pack pool bar at Lake of the Ozarks amid pandemic

Pasmore said, while at Backwater Jack's, he didn't see anyone practicing social distancing.

  Trump threatens to move RNC without assurances from N.C. governor

Trump's tweets about the RNC, planned for Charlotte, come just two days after North Carolina recorded its largest daily increase in positive cases yet.

  Solemn rituals carry on with new precautions at Arlington National Cemetery

In the midst of a worldwide pandemic, honoring the nation’s fallen heroes looks a little different.

  Families spend holiday weekend at Margaritaville enjoying indoor and outdoor fun

Families were excited to get out of the house and spend time at Margaritaville in Biloxi enjoying some of that “five o’clock somewhere” service.

Entertainment venues reopen with restrictions

Governor Tate Reeves’s safer-at-home order was set to expire on Memorial Day, but it’s been extended until June 1.

  1st deadlines approach for laid-off workers to get health insurance

The nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that nearly 27 million workers and family members had lost job-based health coverage as of the start of this month.

  Popp’s Ferry Causeway Park getting attention from crowd-weary outdoor enthusiasts

The Popp’s Ferry Causeway Park is striking a nice balance of being popular but not overpopulated.

  Memorial Day weekend draws crowds -- and triggers warnings

The U.S. is continuing a cautious state-by-state reopening, even as the president urged states to relax their lockdowns during the Memorial Day weekend.

White House imposes coronavirus travel ban on Brazil

The White House announced a ban on travel to the U.S. from Brazil due to the spread of coronavirus.

No fans, no problem: Some Coca-Cola 600 fans turn out anyway

Spectators weren't allowed inside Charlotte Motor Speedway for NASCARs longest race, the Coca-Cola 600. But that didn't stop some fans from making the trip and listening to the roar of engines from an an independently owned motorhome campground a few hundred yards from the track.

  US Muslims try to balance Eid rituals with virus concerns

With no congregational prayers or family gatherings, Salsabiel Mujovic has been worried that this year’s Eid al-Fitr celebration will pale.

  Children’s paintings help feed those in need through donations

During the pandemic, all children are out of school and some are probably bored in the house, but some children have put their creativity to use by helping out those in need.

  Memorial Day even more poignant as veterans die from virus

People around the country are struggling to find ways to honor fallen heroes on a Memorial Day like no other, with people avoiding crowds to prevent the spread of the virus.

  Coast church welcomes congregation back for Sunday service with a few changes

A socially-distanced crowd filled the pews of First Baptist Church Lyman on Sunday, the church’s first in-person service since closing its doors more than two months ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CDC, states’ reporting of virus test data causes confusion

Public health officials say robust testing for the coronavirus is essential to safely lifting stay-at-home orders and business closures, but states are creating confusion in the way they are reporting the data.

Health experts give safety tips for enjoying Memorial Day activities

Infectious disease experts gave a scale of which events would be the riskiest to attend on Memorial Day.

  Trump’s pitch to voters: Trust me, economy will soar in 2021

President Donald Trump has a new pitch to voters for this fall. He's asking them to trust him when it comes to an economic recovery.

  247 new COVID-19 cases, 9 new deaths reported Sunday in Mississippi

South Mississippi saw six new COVID-19 cases Sunday with no new deaths reported.