US panel: 1st vaccines to health care workers, nursing homes

Later this month, the Food and Drug Administration will consider approval of two vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna.

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

Canada: US border measures to last until virus under control

  ‘Very dark couple of weeks’: Morgues and hospitals overflow

  Gov. Reeves adds 13 counties to mask mandate

  EU eyes Dec 29 approval for 1st virus vaccine, later than US

  Study says COVID-19 likely came to US in 2019

  COVID-19 in Mississippi: 154,411 cases, 3,836 deaths reported by health dept.

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  Michigan great-grandparents die of COVID-19 one minute apart

  Study: Students falling behind in math during COVID-19 pandemic

  Doctor seen comforting elderly COVID-19 patient in heartbreaking photo speaks

  Students return to in-person learning after COVID outbreaks

  Americans face new COVID-19 restrictions after Thanksgiving

  Vicksburg mayor calls for statewide mask mandate

‘God is bigger than government:’ Gov. Reeves remains opposed to limiting church attendance

“With all the things we can be thankful for in this season, I am especially grateful for our God-given religious liberty,” Reeves wrote in a Facebook post.

COVID-19 hospitalizations at all-time high in Mississippi

Last week, the Mississippi Department of Health reported an “extraordinary rise” in hospital admissions over the previous two weeks.

  Great ways to enjoy winter during a pandemic

Traveling, dining out and holiday parties might not the best idea this year as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, but there are still plenty of fun ways you and your family can enjoy this winter season.

  Dictionary.com picks ‘pandemic’ as its 2020 word of the year

Dictionary.com on Monday declared “pandemic” its 2020 word of the year.

  Moderna asking US, European regulators to OK its virus shots

  Beware of COVID-19 scams as vaccine approaches FDA approval

  Texas boy who lost parents to COVID-19 turns 5 with massive parade

  Merriam-Webster’s top word of 2020 not a shocker: pandemic

  Crystal Springs light show brings joy to community during pandemic

  Fauci: US may see ‘surge upon a surge’ of virus in weeks ahead

  With no action by Washington, states race to offer virus aid

Governors and state lawmakers are racing to get pandemic relief to small-business owners, the unemployed, renters and others whose livelihoods have been upended by the widening coronavirus outbreak.

Natchez-Adams School District to continue virtual learning through December

The district went virtual on Thursday, November 12 after an outbreak of COVID-19 amongst students and staff.

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

Several schools around the state transitioned from in-person learning to virtual learning before the Thanksgiving holidays.

  CDC panel meets Tuesday to vote on COVID-19 vaccine priority

A panel of U.S. advisers will meet Tuesday to vote on how scarce, initial supplies of a COVID-19 vaccine will be given out once one has been approved.

Experts: Virus numbers could be erratic after Thanksgiving

The coronavirus testing numbers that have guided much of the nation’s response to the pandemic are likely to be erratic over the next week or so, experts said Friday, as fewer people get tested during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and testing sites observe shorter hours.

  Virus keeps Black Friday crowds thin, shoppers shift online

In normal times, Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, drawing millions of shoppers eager to get started on their holiday spending.

  US colleges mull new virus protocols for students’ return

The coronavirus presented huge challenges for the fall semester for U.S. colleges that opened the academic year with in-person learning, including some that took a battering from outbreaks.

Disney to lay off 4,000 more at California, Florida parks

The company has been limiting attendance at its parks and changing protocols to allow for social distancing.

  Empty seats, delivered feasts as virus changes Thanksgiving

Americans are marking the Thanksgiving holiday amid an unrelenting pandemic that has upended traditions at dinner tables all around the country.

  Supreme Court blocks NY coronavirus limits on houses of worship

The court’s action could push New York to reevaluate its restrictions on houses of worship in areas designated virus hot spots.

  Schools struggle to stay open as quarantines sideline staff

It’s another layer of the “tremendous stress” faced by administrators and educators navigating the pandemic, said Dan Domenech, executive director of AASA, the nation’s leading school superintendents association.

  Texas grandparents mail life-sized cutouts to family for holidays

The cutouts created an activity for their grandchildren, who have had fun placing them in various locations around the house.

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

The pandemic is making 2020′s Thanksgiving Day gathering like no other.

  Americans risk traveling over Thanksgiving despite warnings

Millions of Americans took to the skies and the highways ahead of Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring gasoline on the coronavirus fire, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household.

Pandemic postpones national math, reading tests until 2022

Federal officials say national reading and math tests used to track what U.S. students know are being postponed from next year to 2022 over concerns about whether such testing would be feasible or produce valid results amid the pandemic.

  AstraZeneca manufacturing error clouds vaccine study results

AstraZeneca and Oxford University on Wednesday acknowledged a manufacturing error that is raising questions about preliminary results of their experimental COVID-19 vaccine.

  27 veterans die in COVID-19 outbreak at Illinois VA home

State officials are investigating a coronavirus outbreak at a veterans nursing home in rural Illinois that has infected nearly 200 residents and staff, and killed 27 veterans.

  Picture of US economy is worrisome as virus inflicts damage

A flurry of data released Wednesday suggested that the spread of the virus is intensifying the threats to an economy still struggling to recover from the deep recession that struck in early spring.

  27 COVID deaths at Illinois vets nursing home prompts probe

The department on Tuesday requested an independent probe into the facility, which was the focus of a state Senate committee virtual hearing on the outbreak.

  EU says first coronavirus vaccinations possible by Christmas

A top European Union official is appealing to the 27 member countries to urgently prepare logistical chains to handle the rollout of hundreds of millions of vaccine doses.

  Doctor simulates COVID-19 patient’s last moments to encourage virus precautions

The doctor encourages everyone to take precautions to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, including mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing.

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

“I would go into homes and businesses and do like parties where people could decorate their own cookies, and there’s none of that because there’s no parties.”

Monoclonal antibody treatment showing positive results for South Mississippi residents

Monoclonal antibodies have been shown to directly neutralize the COVID-19 virus and prevent the progression of the disease, according MSDH.

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

In 2020, the Magnolia state has seen six of cooking related house fire deaths that have happened in Jackson, Marshall, Lawrence, Harrison, and Hinds counties.

  Restaurant workers out of work again as virus surges anew

Restaurant owners — most of whom underwent shutdowns in the spring and summer — are finding the new round of closings challenging as colder weather sets in.

  Half of Mississippi’s counties now under mask mandate

Tuesday’s 53 deaths marked the third highest single-day total in Mississippi since the onset of the pandemic.

  Hotel workers struggle amid coronavirus resurgence

Many properties remain closed, and thousands of people that worked in hospitality are unemployed. With the holidays approaching, the impact is even more painful.

Miss. hospitals see ‘extraordinary rise’ in COVID patients

With 910 confirmed patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and that number rapidly increasing, it’s likely hospitals because more inundated before things improve.

  Keep the mask: A vaccine won’t end the US crisis right away

Despite the expected arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in just a few weeks, it could take several months — probably well into 2021 — before things get back to something close to normal.

  International flyers may soon need to get coronavirus vaccinations

International air travel could come booming back next year but with a new rule: Travelers to certain countries must be vaccinated against the coronavirus before they can fly.

  Millions stick to Thanksgiving travel plans despite warnings

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans not to travel or spend the holiday with people outside their household.

  Federal prisons to prioritize staff to receive virus vaccine

The federal prison system will be among the first to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

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

Dubbed “on fire” with coronavirus infections weeks ago, DeSoto County now leads the state in total positive cases, with some elected officials continuing to question -- without proof -- whether the numbers from the state’s health department are accurate.

  Preparing children for Thanksgiving during a pandemic

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

  3rd major COVID-19 vaccine shown to be effective and cheaper

AstraZeneca is the third major drug company to report late-stage results for a potential COVID-19 vaccine as the world anxiously waits for scientific breakthroughs that will bring an end to a pandemic that has wrought economic devastation and resulted in nearly 1.4 million confirmed deaths.

‘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.

  Shops, gyms to reopen in England under new COVID-19 plan

British Prime Boris Johnson confirmed to lawmakers Monday the government will lift the stay-at-home instruction on Dec. 2.

  Pandemic has taken a bite out of seafood trade, consumption

The coronavirus pandemic has hurt the U.S. seafood industry due to a precipitous fall in imports and exports and a drop in catch of some species.

  Regal owner Cineworld secures financial help until hoped-for reopening

Cineworld, which last month closed its cinemas in the U.S. and the U.K., has secured more than $750 million of new financing that it hopes will see it through the coronavirus pandemic.

  Military steps in to help in El Paso hospitals amid devastating COVID-19 surge

With El Paso hospitals and ICUs over capacity since last month due to one of the worst COVID-19 surges in the country, three Air Force medical teams have spent the past two weeks deployed to aid in the fight.

  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.

  First US immunizations for COVID-19 could arrive on Dec. 12

The head of the U.S. effort to produce a coronavirus vaccine says the first immunizations could happen on Dec. 12.

Macy’s flagship store honors essential workers with holiday window displays

The display for this challenging year - with the theme "Give, Love and Believe" - honors frontline workers who have performed so heroically during the pandemic.

Wrong text strangers hold mini Thanksgiving to honor loved one who died from COVID-19

An Arizona grandmother and her grandson by choice have celebrated Thanksgiving together since they met through an accidental text message in 2016.

  Holiday pictures with Santa are modified for coronavirus safety

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

  FDA allows emergency use of antibody drug Trump received

U.S. health officials Saturday agreed to allow emergency use of a second antibody drug to help the immune system fight COVID-19, an experimental medicine that President Donald Trump was given when he was sickened last month.

DeSoto County inches closer to 100 COVID-19 deaths

The Mississippi State Health Department confirmed 1,972 new cases of COVID-19 along with 15 new deaths. DeSoto County, which is among the hardest-hit counties, is inching closer to a grim milestone.

  Many GOP lawmakers shrug off Statehouse mask-wearing rules

Efforts to require lawmakers and staff to wear masks have received a cool reception even in statehouses that have seen outbreaks of the virus or where Republican governors have issued statewide mandates.

Tenn. woman delivers baby while hospitalized with COVID-19

Now she’s sharing her experience with others and hopes they take the warning serious.

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

Lumumba says he fears citizens have a false sense of safety and numbers could surge during the Thanksgiving holiday.

6 Vicksburg police officers have contracted COVID-19

The officers are a part of the Criminal Investigation Division.

  Daily COVID-19 deaths in US reach highest level since May

The surging coronavirus is taking an increasingly dire toll across the U.S. just as a vaccine appears at hand, with the country now averaging over 1,300 COVID-19 deaths per day — the highest since the calamitous spring in and around New York City.

  What does emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine mean?

During a health crisis, the FDA can loosen its normal scientific standards to allow emergency use of experimental drugs, devices, vaccines and other medical products.

  Student heading home for the holiday? Get a virus test, colleges say

Thousands of cases have been connected to campuses since some colleges reopened this fall, forcing students to quarantine in dorms and shifting classes online.

  Health experts clash over use of certain drugs for COVID-19

Health officials around the world disagree on the use certain drugs for COVID-19, leading to different treatment options for patients depending on where they live.

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

Scientists at St. Jude may have figured out how COVID-19 kills, and more importantly, how to stop it.

Tyson suspends Iowa plant managers amid virus betting claim

At the time of the alleged betting, Tyson was resisting pressure from local officials to shut down the plant as a safety precaution. The company argued the plant, which can process nearly 20,000 hogs per day, was a vital market for farmers and critical to the meat supply.

WLBT Tribute: Lives Lost to COVID-19

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