Students return to in-person learning after COVID outbreaks

Brandon and Puckett High Schools also returned to in person learning on Monday as well.

COVID-19 hospitalizations at all-time high in Mississippi

  COVID-19 in Mississippi: 153,270 cases, 3,807 deaths reported by health dept.

  Crystal Springs light show brings joy to community during pandemic

Several schools to reopen for in-person learning after Thanksgiving holidays

  Thanksgiving Day gatherings will be different during outbreak, but traditions continue on a smaller scale

  Small bakery owners work holiday crunch in wake of COVID-19

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Monoclonal antibody treatment showing positive results for South Mississippi residents

  State Fire officials encourage people to be careful in the kitchen on Thanksgiving

  Elderly patients in Jackson have new health care center options

  Half of Mississippi’s counties now under mask mandate

Miss. hospitals see ‘extraordinary rise’ in COVID patients

  DeSoto County tops state in COVID-19 cases as some officials there downplay pandemic

  Preparing children for Thanksgiving during a pandemic

Health officials also recommend gathering outdoors with children when possible for the holidays.

‘It feels like we’re sliding backwards’ says Biloxian in NYC during pandemic

Stephen Pitalo has lived and worked there since 1995, and like all of us, he’s ready for the pandemic to be over, but he also understands there’s still a long way to go.

  State legislators disagree on need for statewide mask mandate

Governor Reeves first enforced a statewide mask mandate on August 4. The mandate remained in effect until the governor lifted it on Sept. 30.

  Holiday pictures with Santa are modified for coronavirus safety

You can come meet Santa and take pictures with him until Christmas eve.

DeSoto County inches closer to 100 COVID-19 deaths

  Mayor Lumumba encourages citizens to use sense of safety and vigilance for Thanksgiving

  State medical leaders warn of staffing shortages and precautions ahead of Thanksgiving

6 Vicksburg police officers have contracted COVID-19

  St. Jude scientists make breakthrough and discover possible COVID-19 treatment

St. Jude scientists discover possible COVID-19 treatment

WLBT Tribute: Lives Lost to COVID-19

We extend our condolences to every family impacted by COVID-19.

  Coroners react with concerns about Chief Medical Examiner’s administrative leave

“I had a family that waited so long for an autopsy report that their life insurance policy was canceled because it took them so long to get a final copy of the autopsy report,” said Rankin County Coroner David Ruth.

  Medical experts give tips on how to have a fun (and safe) Thanksgiving

We are just over a week away from Thanksgiving, and it’s no secret the holiday will be celebrated a lot differently this year due to the pandemic.

Pearl Christmas parade canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

Pearl’s traditional Christmas parade will not be happening in 2020.

Ole Miss men’s basketball coach tests positive for COVID-19

Ole Miss men’s basketball coach Kermit Davis tested positive for COVID-19.

  Dr. Dobbs ‘can’t imagine' a scenario in which Mississippi would go under another lockdown

Dobbs said there is a lot that Mississippians can do before a lockdown would even be considered.

  Veteran Brookhaven police officer dies of coronavirus contracted on duty

“Officer Brooks, he can’t be replaced. Right now I don’t know what I’m going to do. I have no idea. I don’t know," said Chief Kenny Collins. "Because how do you say goodbye?”

  Shoppers adjusting Christmas lists during the pandemic

The shorter list also means he won’t be spending as much this year either.

UMMC officials believe ‘dark days ahead' as coronavirus case numbers rise

With the daunting news of high numbers there is also good news.

Gov. Reeves adds mask mandate to 7 more counties, bringing list to 22

Reeves says he will update on COVID and release the executive budget proposal at 2:30 p.m.

  Mississippi lawmakers weigh in on state’s response to COVID-19

An estimated 114,430 people have recovered from the virus.

  Southaven Mayor pushes back against MS governor, state health official comments about DeSoto COVID-19 outbreak

The Mayor of Southaven is objecting to the statements made this week by Mississippi’s Governor Tate Reeves and Mississippi Health Officer Thomas Dobbs about an ongoing outbreak in DeSoto County.

57 inmates test positive for coronavirus inside Holly Springs correctional facility

The Mississippi Department of Corrections has identified an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Marshall County Correctional Facility in Holly Springs.

Lumumba says Capitol City not being supported in virus fight, blames ‘failure of state leadership’

Mississippi is currently listed in the red zone by the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

  Natchez-Adams School District transitions to virtual learning

All schools in the Natchez-Adams School District transitioned from hybrid learning to virtual learning on Thursday, November 12.

  Dobbs: COVID-19 vaccine could be available for high-risk Mississippians next month

As daily coronavirus cases surge over 1,000 for the fourth time this week, state health officials say a vaccine for the highly contagious virus could be available to a portion of the state’s residents -- including health care workers -- before the end of the year.

Vaccine may be available for some in Mississippi next month

Supplies are limited, so those who are the most high-risk will get the vaccine first.

Gov. Reeves responds to DeSoto County sheriff’s refusal to enforce COVID-19 mandates

Governor Tate Reeves has released a statement concerning the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department saying they will not enforce a state mandate on social distancing nor issue citations for not wearing a mask.

  Dr. Dobbs discusses COVID-19 in virtual town hall

Mississippi’s top health officer, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, will host a virtual discussion about COVID-19 on Thursday at 12 p.m.

  White House lists Mississippi in red zone for COVID-19

The state’s total case count is expected to reach 130,000 in the next day or two.

DeSoto Co. Sheriff’s Dept. says it will not enforce governor’s executive order, mask-wearing

The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday they will not enforce Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves' mandate on social distancing nor issue citations for not wearing a mask.

  Tourism outlook uncertain with rising COVID cases

Rising Covid cases could again impact tourism

  Children of Memorial COVID-19 nurse say she’s more than a statistic of the virus

The numbers are frightening, and when you put names and faces with those numbers, it’s also heartbreaking.

Lawrence Co. School District going virtual due to spike in COVID-19 cases

All extracurricular activities during this time will be postponed or cancelled.

Miss. governor extends COVID-19 executive order; 15 counties under mask mandate

Governor Tate Reeves announced that he has extended his “Safe Recovery” executive order through December 11.

  Dentists see proof of increased stress in 2020 in people’s teeth

"More fractured teeth, more broken teeth, so it’s becoming much more widespread,” Dr. Douglas Rummells said.

Mayor of Terry issues mask mandate for town

The order will be in effect until there is no longer a need for it.

Governor Reeves' youngest daughter tests positive for coronavirus

The governor said that the entire family is getting tested and will be in isolation for the time being.

  Despite mask mandates in 16 counties, average daily COVID-19 cases in Miss. hit nearly three-month high

Daily average coronavirus cases in Mississippi have jumped in the last week, showing little if any significant statewide impact from the mask mandates that have been in place since late October.

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Several schools going virtual after ‘outbreak’ of COVID-19 cases in Attala Co. School District

ACSD says they are contacting those who came in close contact with those individuals.

‘This is despicable’: Reeves blasts Cuomo for saying it’s ‘bad news’ Trump admin. will implement vaccine plan

Gov. Tate Reeves says it’s “despicable” for Gov. Chris Cuomo, D-New York, to say it’s “bad news” that the Trump administration will implement a vaccine plan.

Puckett High School goes virtual due to rising number of COVID cases

Puckett High School is going virtual after an increase in positive COVID-19 tests.

  AARP urges congress to provide more COVID-19 nursing home funding

They cite the potential for a third spike in cases in long term care facilities due to increasing community spread.

  Dr. Dobbs says Initiative 65 is ‘Wild West’ proposal for medical marijuana

Dr. Dobbs weighs in on Initiative 65

  Small towns take pageants virtual during pandemic

Once upon a time in Brookhaven, Mississippi, there was a pandemic, but the people at the Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce still wanted to crown a Miss Merry Christmas.

Clinton Public School District: Six students test positive for coronavirus

These six cases bring CPSD’s total positive cases to 29 since the start of school on August 13.

Ridgeland football game cancelled, team in quarantine after 3 test positive for virus

No game is scheduled for November 6 and the quarantine period will end prior to the beginning of 5A division playoffs.

  UMMC’s 1,000th hospitalized patient with COVID-19 safely discharged home

Just one little dinner.That’s how 34-year-old Timothy Hudson describes what happened that led to a week-long hospitalization with COVID-19, fever spiking at 104 degrees, debilitating body aches, an alarmingly fast heartbeat and spasms of coughing.

  Madison residents react to renewed mask mandate

“Not so happy,” said 9-year-old John Gordon, describing the feeling of being told he has to wear his mask. “Because it’s just not fun wearing them, and they’re hard to breathe through."

  Gov. Reeves adds 7 counties to local mask mandates

Case totals continue to rise across the state, with more than 115,000 cases statewide since March.

  Breast cancer survivors go ‘Cruisin’ for a Cure’ in Jackson

Breast cancer survivors decorated their cars to drive around the Jackson-metro to raise awareness.

20th positive test reported in Clinton schools

The positive test came from a student within Clinton Junior High School.

  Hospitalized COVID-19 patient speaks out about recent virus resurgence in Mississippi

The State Health Department continues to report hundreds of cases of the coronavirus daily.

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.

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  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.

Mississippi man in need of kidney donor: ‘You have to pray every day’

And after two unsuccessful transplants, the journey continues to be a rocky one.

  Gov. Reeves announces mask mandate for 9 counties

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

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.

  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.

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.

  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.

Gov. Reeves on spike in COVID cases: ‘be wise and careful!’

With more than 1,300 new COVID-19 cases reported in Mississippi on Thursday, the state’s numbers are trending in the wrong direction.

Dobbs: Mississippi virus indicators go ‘unwanted direction’

Mississippi’s state health officer says he’s troubled by the state’s recent rise in COVID-19 cases.

  Family of COVID-19 survivors warns others of long-term effects of virus

Another negative impact the family is dealing with is a loss of smell and taste.

Clinton Public School District: Two students test positive for coronavirus

These cases are CPSD’s eighteenth and nineteenth positive cases since the start of school on August 13.

  Masks will not be required for the November election in Mississippi

Mississippi voters will not be required to wear a mask when they vote in the November election. Secretary of State Michael Watson says no voter should be denied the right to vote for not wearing a mask.