Governor Reeves Issues Shelter-In-Place Order for Lauderdale County

Jackson, MS — Today, Governor Tate Reeves signed a new executive order establishing a shelter-in-place for Lauderdale County to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of all Mississippians. The Mississippi Department of Health identified Lauderdale County as the first localized region for additional restrictions, and Governor Reeves announced the shelter-in-place order for Lauderdale County at a press conference this morning. This follows the “Identify and Isolate” strategy that the state health officer, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, laid out at a press conference last week. Mississippi is rapidly increasing testing and strictly enforcing quarantines for anyone that investigators believe

FCSD captures two fugitives

The Forrest County Sheriff's Department says Kelly McFarland, 59 of Hattiesburg, and Nancy Lott, 42 of Purvis, were arrested on warrants for credit card fraud and abuse and exploitation of a vulnerable adult. The sheriff's department adds McFarland and Lott were transported and booked into the Forrest County Correctional Facility.

Mississippi COVID-19 Update: 89 new cases, two new deaths

Jackson, MS - This morning MSDH is reporting 89 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi identified by testing from the state Public Health Laboratory and private testing providers. Two new deaths have also been confirmed, in Amite and Leflore counties. Alcorn County is reporting its first coronavirus case. The state total of cases now stands at 847, with 16 deaths. While most Mississippi coronavirus deaths have been in those over 60 years old, keep in mind that it can be a serious risk for those with long-term health problems at any age. If you have diabetes, heart disease, or other chronic illness, follow your doctor’s recommendations closely. This is also a time for everyone to concentrate on

Southern Miss president issues updated note to students, rest of university

(The following details come from The University of Southern Mississippi.) Dear Southern Miss Community, Today marks an important day in the history of our institution, as we begin to deliver our entire curriculum remotely as part of The University of Southern Mississippi’s response to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. It is fitting that we begin this new journey, together, on the 110th anniversary of our institution’s legislative founding. The past few weeks have brought with them more uncertainty than many of us have experienced in our lifetime – and we do not yet know exactly what tomorrow will bring. Even so, I am confident that we will continue to rise above the unknown challen

SCRMC seeking donations of hand-sewn face masks

(The following is a press release from South Central Regional Medical Center.) At this time, South Central Regional Medical Center (SCRMC) has an adequate supply of masks on hand to protect its employees and patients from COVID-19. However, the global supply of masks continues to be uncertain and we are actively taking steps to secure more supplies. Linda Gavin, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at SCRMC, said, “We have received numerous calls from the community over the last couple of weeks from churches, sewing groups, and other organizations asking if they can make masks out of fabric and donate them to the hospital. As with all healthcare facilities around the country,

SCRMC: Fifth patient tests positive for COVID-19

(The following is a press release from South Central Regional Medical Center.) South Central Regional Medical Center received word this afternoon from the MIssissippi State Department of Health (MSDH)that another patient who was tested at South Central is positive for the Coronavirus. The individual is a South Central employee who was tested a week ago after exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 and sent home to self isolate until test results could be received. The employee, a resident of George County, will now remain in quarantine at home unless symptoms warrant a visit to the Emergency Department. Doug Higginbotham, President and Chief Executive Officer at South Central, said, “I know this

SCRMC: Fourth patient tests positive for COVID-19

(The following is a press release from South Central Regional Medical Center.) South Central Regional Medical Center received word today from the Mississippi State Department of Health that they had an inpatient test positive for COVID19. Mark Horne, MD, Chief Medical Officer at South Central said, "This is our first inpatient to test positive for the condition. Staff caring for the patient are taking appropriate precautions." The patient is a Jones County resident. He continued, "Through about noon today, cumulative testing numbers at South Central include 120 patients who have been tested for the Coronavirus since testing began; and 4 patients with positive results to the Coronavirus. They

Mississippi COVID-19 Update: 84 new cases, five new deaths

Jackson, MS - This morning MSDH is reporting 84 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi identified by testing from the state Public Health Laboratory and private testing providers. Five new deaths have also been confirmed, in De Soto, Lee, Perry, Sunflower and Tippah counties. The state total of cases now stands at 663, with 13 deaths. More details of COVID-19 in the state, along with preventive steps to take against COVID-19, are online at http://HealthyMS.com/covid-19 The Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline is the best way to get your questions about COVID-19 answered. Call any time: 877-978-6453.

Hattieburg Cough and Fever Clinic offering curbside testing

(The following is a press release from Hattiesburg Clinic.) HATTIESBURG, MISS. – In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, Forrest General Hospital and Hattiesburg Clinic are now offering curbside testing for COVID-19. This testing will be provided through the Cough & Fever Clinic, located at the Cloverleaf Medical Plaza at 5909 US Highway 49 in Hattiesburg. Patients must schedule an appointment online at www.curbsidecovid.com a minimum of three hours in advance to get tested. For Hattiesburg Clinic patients that have an active Iris account, they will be directed to continue their appointment through Iris. Patients without an active Iris account may continue as a “guest.” Drive-thru testing i

Health officials offer Mississippians tips on COVID-19 testing, results

(The following is a press release from the Mississippi State Medical Association.) JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi State Medical Association (MSMA) and Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) are advising Mississippians who have been tested for COVID-19 to self-quarantine until they receive test results. With almost 600 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and eight COVID-19 related deaths, physicians and public health leaders are stressing the importance of social distancing, washing hands, and preserving critical medical supplies, including personal protective equipment (PPE). State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs, MD emphasized that “a decision to test is a decision to isolate until test result

Southern Miss announces temporary waiver for grad school testing requirements

(The following is a press release from the University of Southern Mississippi.) In response to current restrictions created by the COVID-19 health crisis, The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is temporarily waiving requirements for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and the Graduate Records Examinations (GRE) for all Graduate School applicants during the summer and fall 2020 admission periods. Dr. Karen Coats, Dean of USM’s Graduate School, stresses that the University remains sensitive to the challenges people from across the globe face due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Among those challenges are closures of many test centers that typically administer standardized exams in

Mississippi COVID-19 Update: 94 new cases, two new deaths

Jackson, MS - This morning MSDH is reporting 94 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi identified by testing from the state Public Health Laboratory and private testing providers. Two new deaths have also been confirmed, in Tippah and Harrison Counties. New counties reporting cases are Jefferson, Kemper, Neshoba and Sharkey. The state total of cases now stands at 579, with eight deaths. We are also now charting hospitalizations by age, which shows how serious the risk of severe illness is for those over 60. More details of COVID-19 in the state, along with preventive steps to take against COVID-19, are online at http://HealthyMS.com/covid-19 The Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline is the best way

Officials: Mississippi Legislative Session will not resume April 1

(The following is a press release from Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann's office.) Jackson, Miss. – The Mississippi Legislature will delay reconvening the 2020 Legislative Session beyond Wednesday, April 1, by agreement of Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn. The Legislature adjourned its 125-day Session temporarily on Wednesday, March 18, pursuant to House Concurrent Resolution 65, which provided it would reconvene April 1 or on another date determined jointly by agreement of the Lieutenant Governor and the Speaker. Lieutenant Governor Hosemann, Speaker Gunn, and members of the Legislature continue to analyze the impact of COVID-19 and the new federal stimulus

MS Public Service Commission coordinates with utility providers to suspend online convenience fees

(The following is a press release from the Mississippi Public Service Commission.) (Jackson, MS) – The Mississippi Public Service Commission is coordinating with utility providers under its jurisdiction to temporarily suspend convenience fees for online payments during the COVID-19 outbreak. These providers are Entergy Mississippi, Mississippi Power Company, Atmos Energy, CenterPoint Energy and Spire Gas. “Suspending these online convenience fees is the right thing to do during this time where social distancing and online payments are encouraged,” Chairman Dane Maxwell said. “We will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and identify ways we can protect customers.” “We thank the

COVID-19 Update: Mississippi's Sixth Coronavirus Death Reported

Jackson, MS – Today the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports one new death from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Mississippi, bringing the state total to six. The case was a Rankin County male 80-85 with underlying conditions. He died while hospitalized. Deaths have been previously reported in Hancock, Holmes, Tunica, Webster and Wilkinson counties. Note: Further COVID-19 deaths in Mississippi will be reported daily alongside the case counts on MSDH's COVID-19 web pages. Follow MSDH by e-mail and social media at HealthyMS.com/connect

State Games Creates Contingency Plan During COVID-19 Crisis

Meridian, MS — While plans to hold the State Games of Mississippi Opening Ceremony and most sporting events in June are still going forward, the State Games has created a contingency plan. The State Games of Mississippi is monitoring the ongoing concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and is committed to the health and well-being of our staff, board, volunteers and athletes and will be taking the necessary steps to help prevent the spread of the virus and keep everyone safe during any State Games events. “If it becomes necessary for the Opening Ceremony and or the Summer Games to be postponed or cancelled, we plan to have a ‘Big Celebration’ ceremony with at least two of our largest sp

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