Coronavirus

  Coronavirus deaths are rising again in the US, as feared

Health experts had warned that it was only a matter of time before deaths turned upward, given the record-breaking surge in cases engulfing the country.

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

  Gov. Reeves adds 7 counties to local mask mandates

  French doctor warns his country has ‘lost control’ of virus

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

  CDC highlights safety tips for in-person voting amid pandemic

  New US virus cases top 83,700 for 2nd day in row

  Gautier takes on their 30th annual Mullet Festival

Continued Coverage

  1,212 new COVID-19 cases, 17 new deaths reported Saturday in Mississippi

  COVID-19 in Mississippi: 115,763 cases, 3,263 deaths reported by health dept.

  US sets coronavirus infection record; deaths near 224,000

  Fauci suggests nationwide mask requirement as virus numbers climb

  Gulf Coast stores making plans for Black Friday

  Some hospitals in crisis as US nears high for COVID-19 cases

  Gulfport company to expand COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials

Despite some national test trials for a COVID-19 vaccination being put on pause, the trial involving South Mississippi residents is still going on.

  Dutch hospital airlifts patients to Germany amid virus surge

Worldwide, the virus has infected more than 41 million people and killed more than 1.1 million, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University.

  795 new COVID-19 cases, 7 new deaths reported Friday in Mississippi

161 new cases and one new death were reported in South Mississippi on Friday

  Administrative rules issued for Super Tuesday, despite Governor’s lack of mask mandates

Secretary of State issues administrative rules for Super Tuesday, despite Governor’s lack of mask mandates

  FDA approves first COVID-19 drug: the antiviral remdesivir

  US regulators seek advice on thorny issues as vaccines near

  Southwest to resume selling every seat on flights

  ‘We’re pushing through:' Health care workers persist in the face of pandemic

  Europe faces more curfews, restrictions as virus cases swell

  Number of COVID cases in schools released for week of Oct. 12-16

  What it’s like to lose sense of smell, taste due to COVID

Some of those suffering from that symptom say they can feel its effects even months after their original diagnosis.

  958 new COVID-19 cases, 8 new deaths reported Thursday in Mississippi

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

  Federal program distributes meat, veggies, and more to hundreds in George County

Hundreds of families lined up today for a food distribution program in Lucedale. The federal program handed out boxes with meat, vegetables, cheese and milk.

  Middle schooler threatened with arrest for missing less than 2 hours of virtual class

The school principal says the incident is the result of new California guidelines which require districts to keep a closer eye on student attendance.

COVID hospitalizations up 24% in last week in Mississippi

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs says COVID-related hospitalizations are up 24 percent from last week.

  Childcare centers noticing less sickness after months of heavy safety measures

Guidelines and recommendations were issued in late August from the Mississippi State Department of Health, and since then childcare centers have developed their own plan to ensure safety.

Volunteer in AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial dies in Brazil

It wasn’t clear whether the volunteer received the vaccine or a placebo shot.

  MGCCC virtual choir churns out viral hit song

With everything else going virtual these days, why not have 23 members of a choir record themselves singing on cell phones, edit the clips together and have a virtual choir?

  CDC redefines COVID-19 close contact, adds brief encounters

The CDC advises anyone who has been in close contact with a COVID-19 patient to quarantine for two weeks.

  Virus spikes have officials looking to shore up hospitals

Hospitals around the United States are starting to buckle from a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with several states setting records for the number of people hospitalized and leaders scrambling to find extra beds and staff.

  Next up in hunt for COVID-19 vaccine: Testing shots in kids

Multiple vaccine candidates are in final-stage studies in tens of thousands of adults, and scientists are hopeful that the next few months will bring evidence that at least some of them are safe and effective enough for widespread use.

9 low-cost ways to make virtual learning easier for kids

These items, all under $15, can help make distance learning more appealing to even the youngest learners.

  801 new COVID-19 cases, 21 new deaths reported Wednesday in Mississippi

146 new cases and 4 new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Wednesday

Mask mandate goes into effect for 9 Miss. counties

Governor Tate Reeves issued the new executive order in response to the growing COVID-19 cases across the state.

  USM’s Scotty Walden Tests Positive for COVID-19

The Golden Eagles coach plans to take a PCR test on Wednesday to confirm his status and will monitor team activities from home. His status remains unclear for this weekend’s non-conference game at Liberty.

  Deadline looms, but COVID relief deal may be far off

Republicans are reconvening the Senate this week to vote on a virus proposal, but it’s a bill that failed once before, and that Trump himself now derides as too puny.

  Blood from sickest COVID-19 patients makes best plasma therapy treatment

The sicker a patient is with the virus, the stronger the antibody response seems to be.

  California will allow fans at pro sports but not Disneyland

California will let fans back in outdoor stadiums for pro sporting events in counties with low coronavirus infection rates but isn’t ready to allow Disneyland and other major theme parks to reopen, the state’s top health official said Tuesday.

  Church shares experience of taking COVID-19 precautions and still having outbreak

One church took all the safety precautions they believed were necessary and still experienced a COVID-19 outbreak.

Southern Miss football coach Scotty Walden tests positive for COVID-19

Scotty Walden, USM's interim head football coach, has tested positive for COVID-19.

  Leaders in US, Europe divided on response to surging virus

New virus cases in the U.S. have surged in recent weeks from a daily average of about 42,000 in early October to about 58,000 — the highest level since late July.

Older workers face higher unemployment amid virus pandemic

For the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers face higher unemployment than their midcareer worker counterparts, according to a study released Tuesday by the New School university in New York City.

  UK to infect healthy volunteers in vaccine research trial

Imperial College London says the study involves healthy volunteers aged 18 to 30.

  CDC: ‘Strong recommendation’ but no rule for masks on planes

The CDC says masks should be worn by all passengers and workers on planes, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride-sharing vehicles. That includes in airports and at subway and bus stations.

  730 new COVID-19 cases, 31 new deaths reported Tuesday in Mississippi

87 new cases and 7 new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Tuesday

  AP-NORC/USAFacts poll: US trust in COVID-19 information down

Experts in health, science and political communication said they see three reasons for the drop in trust: fear, politics and the public watching science messily forming in real time.

  Target announces new round of bonuses for employees amid pandemic

Target is planning to pay out $70 million in bonuses to workers as the retail giant moves into the busy holiday shopping season.

  California won’t allow virus vaccines without state approval

The governor said the state wants its own independent review no matter who wins the presidential election next month.

  George County football undergo 2-week COVID-19 quarantine

Rebels become six coast team to fall victim to virus. The team will be forced to forfeit their next two games, crushing any potential playoff hopes.

  Pediatrician: COVID-19 could have lasting impacts on children

Be cautious of your kids participating in activities and holidays such as Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas with people not in your immediate family.

  Mississippi again taking county-level approach in attempt to slow COVID-19 spread

Governor Tate Reeves adds new COVID-19 restrictions but most at a county-level.

  What you need to know about herd immunity

Up to this point, more than 200,000 people have died in the United States and not even 10% of the population has been infected.

  Pfizer: Mid-November earliest it can seek virus vaccine OK

The vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech are among several leading candidates in final testing.

  Jackson County seeing additional measures to slow COVID-19 spread, including face masks

Gov. Tate Reeves announced additional measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 in certain counties, and Jackson County is one of them.

Gov. Reeves announces mask mandate for 9 counties

Numbers continue to rise across the state, with more than 110,000 cases statewide since March.

  CVS Health to hire 15,000 workers ahead of flu season

The company needs help administering COVID-19 tests and flu shots.

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

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

  Confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide passes 40 million; new strategies target hot spots

Authorities are trying to avoid a dreaded resurgence of illness and deaths, this time with economies weakened from earlier lockdowns and populations chafing at the idea of renewed restrictions.

  China’s economy accelerates as virus recovery gains strength

China’s shaky economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic is gaining strength as consumers return to shopping malls and auto dealerships while the United States and Europe endure painful contractions.

  Millions more virus rapid tests, but are results reported?

After struggling to ramp up coronavirus testing, the U.S. can now screen several million people daily, thanks to a growing supply of rapid tests. But the boom comes with a new challenge: keeping track of the results.

  Mississippi Coastal Cleanup continues along the Gulf Coast

Mississippi Coastal Cleanup set up a safe small clean up event today by allowing residents to pick up self kits to clean individually, or with a handful of people of their choice.

  Entire Ocean Springs High band in quarantine due to COVID-19

Hundreds of students at Ocean Springs High School are quarantined after a number of band students tested positive for COVID-19.

  Hard hit by virus, airlines push for tests over quarantines

International air traffic is down 92% this year as travelers worry about catching COVID-19 and government travel bans and quarantine rules make planning difficult.

  The battle goes on at Fall Muster despite COVID-19

It’s always been about living history, but this year, it was also about winning a battle against a pandemic.

Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen tests positive for COVID-19

University of Florida head football coach Dan Mullen said in a statement on Twitter Saturday that he tested positive for COVID-19.

Rural Midwest hospitals struggling to handle virus surge

Rural Jerauld County in South Dakota didn’t see a single case of the coronavirus for more than two months stretching from June to August. But over the last two weeks, its rate of new cases per person soared to one of the highest in the nation.

  751 new COVID-19 cases, 10 new deaths reported Saturday in Mississippi

149 new cases and 3 new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Saturday

  As COVID-19 cases climb again, state’s top doc expects more restrictions next week to slow spread

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs revealed the information during a press conference over Zoom Friday afternoon.

  Seabees allowed more freedom off base after COVID-19 restrictions eased

For most of the summer, servicemembers at NCBC Gulfport have been restricted to only essential retail outside of the base. That changes Friday night.

  AMR takes extra precautions to protect paramedics against COVID-19

Every day first responders put their lives on the line, but even more so in the battle against COVID-19.

Number of COVID cases in schools released for week of Oct. 5-9

Here is a breakdown of the number of cases and quarantines for South Mississippi schools for the week of Oct. 5-9, 2020.

  1,116 new COVID-19 cases, 9 new deaths reported Friday in Mississippi

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

Broadway shutdown hurting actors, theater workers

The pandemic has turned out the lights on Broadway with no productions scheduled now until next May.

  WHO study finds remdesivir didn’t help COVID-19 patients

The World Health Organization announced the long-awaited results of a six-month trial that endeavored to see if existing drugs might have an effect on the coronavirus.

  Virus at ‘turning point’ in Europe, hitting at-risk groups

Doctors are warning that Europe is at a turning point as the coronavirus surges back across the continent, including among vulnerable people, and governments try to impose restrictions without locking whole economies down.

  ISOLATED: States begin to allow nursing home visitors but face PPE shortages, logistical questions

Some nursing homes are beginning to allow visitors, but hundreds report to the federal government that they are experiencing staff shortages or have no protective masks in their supplies.

  Mississippi’s hospitals watching increasing COVID-19 trends carefully

Hospitals know the high case numbers will likely translate to a bump in hospitalizations in the next few weeks.

The impacts of cooler temperatures on COVID-19

On the minds of many is, will the milder fall temperatures increase the chance of getting COVID-19