Mississippi COVID-19 Update: 108 new cases

Jackson, MS - Expanded testing statewide is identifying more cases of coronavirus in Mississippi. This morning MSDH is reporting 108 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, with first coronavirus cases in Benton, Lauderdale, Quitman and Yalobusha counties. The state total now stands at 485. New COVID-19 deaths: Four new coronavirus deaths were confirmed yesterday, bringing the state total to 5. All five deaths to date have been among Mississippians 60 or older, a reminder that strong protective measures are important for this age group. We look forward to even more widespread testing as time goes by, which will identify larger numbers of positive COVID-19 cases, helping to better track and con

COVID-19 Update: Two New Deaths in Mississippi, Five Total

Jackson, MS – Tonight the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports two new deaths from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Mississippi. The cases were a Wilkinson County male 85-90 years old with underlying conditions who died while hospitalized, and a Tunica County female 75-80 who died in a long-term care facility. Deaths have also been reported in Hancock, Holmes and Webster counties. MSDH strives to update new case counts at 10 a.m. each day. For more information on prevention measures and the latest guidance, download the free MS Ready mobile app or visit HealthyMS.com/covid-19. Follow MSDH by e-mail and social media at HealthyMS.com/connect.

FGH establishes COVID-19 hotline questions

(The following is a press release from Forrest General Hospital.) HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (March 25, 2020) In an effort to help answer questions for the community, Forrest General has created a Hot Line telephone number for anyone calling into the hospital with general questions regarding COVID-19 or other general questions related to visitors, symptoms, supplies, etc. The Hot Line is staffed with nurses from 7 a.m. – 11 p.m., seven days a week. The Hot Line number is 601-288-1111. Forrest General also encourages the community to visit www.forresthealth.org/COVID19, where they will find daily updates from Forrest Health along with links to other resources and information.

City of Hattiesburg hosting mask drive-thru, drop-off Event

(The following is a press release from the City of Hattiesburg.) Hattiesburg, Mississippi - To assist Hattiesburg’s health care community, first responders and a general need for personal protective equipment, the City of Hattiesburg will host a mask drive-thru and drop-off event at the Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center (220 West Front Street) from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., March 26 - March 28. All unused masks (medical, construction-grade, sewn fabric, etc.) will be accepted. The event will be drive-thru and drop-off only, and all guidelines per the Center for Disease Control (CDC) will be used for unloading donations out of vehicles. Instructions include: • Donors with one case or fewer a

Mississippi Power commits $350K to community, small business relief in COVID-19 pandemic

(The following is a press release from Mississippi Power.) Mississippi Power remains committed to delivering safe and reliable energy to our customers as the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to impact our state. The company has also recognized several community needs that have increased during the crisis, especially grocery supplies and assistance with household budgeting. Mississippi Power, through its Foundation, is announcing today a $350,000 commitment to assist South Mississippi residents, local charities and small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our service to our customers goes far beyond providing electric service,” Mississippi Power President and CEO Anthony Wilson said. “We

Farris crowned as Hattiesburg's Miss Hospitality amidst pandemic

(The following press release and photo were submitted to FOX23 from Hattiesburg’s local director of the Miss Hospitality organization. The local director tells FOX23 Callie Farris is pictured standing outside of Hattiesburg’s Visitors Center, currently closed due to COVID-19.) HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (March 25, 2020) Callie Farris was in the process of being named Hattiesburg’s representative for the 2020 Mississippi Miss Hospitality Competition, when the COVID-19 Pandemic struck the Pine Belt. Normally, the crowning moment is a ceremony that includes a photographer, family and loved ones, and making cherished memories. This year looked a lot different, as Callie’s crowning was expedited so sh

Mississippi COVID-19 Update: 57 new cases

Jackson, MS - This morning MSDH is reporting 57 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, with first coronavirus cases in Amite, Calhoun and Prentiss counties. The state total now stands at 377, with two deaths, the second of which was recorded today. Full details on the state's second COVID-19 death HealthyMS.com More details of COVID-19 in the state, along with preventive steps to take against COVID-19, are online at 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 The latest state map shows Mississippi's case total as reported at 6 p.m. last night.

Health Officials Confirm Second Coronavirus Death in Mississippi

Jackson, MS – Today the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports the second death from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Mississippi. The case was a male 60-65 years old from Holmes County with underlying health conditions. He died while hospitalized. As of Tuesday, Mississippi had 320 cases and one previous death reported in a male 60-65 from Hancock County with underlying health conditions. MSDH strives to update new case counts at 10 a.m. each day. “We knew that more deaths would be inevitable, just as we expect numerous new cases. It is a very sad update to report, regardless,” said MSDH State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs, MD, MPH. “Please do your part by practicing all preventive me

Kindness in Action: Giving spirit continues in midst of storm

(Toggle closed captions on and off through the video player settings.) For more details: E-mail mandyleeteng@gmail.com To nominate someone for this Kindness in Action series, sponsored by Forrest General Hospital: wwww.forrestgeneral.com/kindnessinaction

MSDH: Three new cases of COVID-19

Health officials are reporting 71 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi. The Mississippi State Department of Health says the first coronavirus cases in Choctaw, Newton and Noxubee Counties have been confirmed. The state total now stands at 320, with one death.

Mississippi Department of Education Compiles Learning-at-Home Resources

Jackson, MS – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) has compiled a host of learning-at-home resources for students in pre-K through grade 12 to support student learning during the extended school closure. The resources are available online at www.mdek12.org/LearningAtHome. The learning-at-home resources do not replace what children have learned at school, but instead help students practice the skills and strategies taught by their teachers. The resources are intended to help parents and caregivers engage students in continued education. Resources include learning activities, example videos and digital resources that support the Mississippi College-and Career-Readiness Standards to c

SCRMC offering screening, testing for COVID-19

(The following is a press release from South Central Regional Medical Center. Officials recommend calling to schedule an appointment for testing and screening.) Mark Horne, MD, Chief Medical Officer at South Central Regional Medical Center (SCRMC) stated, “A press release broke last night from Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) that did not include SCRMC on the list of hospitals testing for Coronavirus. That list refers to drive through locations only. We have not set up a drive through site similar to those in other locations around the state, given that we have adequate space and capacity within our facilities. Once again, let me be clear so that everyone understands, any patie

Mississippi COVID-19 Update: 42 new cases

Jackson, MS - This morning MSDH is reporting 42 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, with first coronavirus cases in 3 counties. The state total now stands at 249, with one death. More details of Mississippi cases, along with preventive steps to take against COVID-19, are online at http://HealthyMS.com/covid-19. On that same web page you’ll also find our new directory of local COVID-19 testing providers.

MSDH News: COVID-19 Update: Local Testing Providers List

Jackson, MS – The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) will now be keeping an active list of local COVID-19 testing sites throughout the state. The list has been provided to MSDH from local county emergency management agencies and local providers. It will be updated daily when positive cases are updated on the MSDH website (usually mid-morning). Residents are asked to call the facility before coming in for possible testing as procedures will differ from site to site. A fever of 100.4 AND severe cough or chest pain is required to receive testing. The list of facilities that will be testing starting on Monday is as follows: Forrest General Hospital – Hattiesburg Hattiesburg Clinic – H

Mississippi COVID-19 Update: 67 new cases - Mississippi State Department of Health

Jackson, MS - This morning MSDH is reporting 67 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, in 33 counties. The state total now stands at 207, still with just one death. Full details of all Mississippi cases, along with preventive steps to take against COVID-19, are online at http://HealthyMS.com/covid-19 Remember, the Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline is now available every day, 24 hours a day. It's your best source to get questions answered quickly and accurately: 877-978-6453 New cases as of 6 p.m. March 21, 2020 County Cases Bolivar 1 Chickasaw 1 Coahoma 2 Copiah 2 De Soto 5 Forrest 6 Franklin 1 Grenada 1 Ha

Mississippi COVID-19 Update: 60 new cases statewide

Jackson, MS - With more testing taking place across the state by MSDH and private labs, we're seeing a jump in new cases. This morning we're reporting 60 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, in 28 counties. Among the counties with their first coronavirus cases are Attala, Clay, Union and Clay. The state total now stands at 140, with one death. Full details of all Mississippi cases along with preventive steps to take against COVID-19 are online at http://HealthyMS.com/covid-19 County Cases Deaths Attala 1 0 Clay 1 0 Coahoma 2 0 De Soto 9 0 Forrest 1 0 Franklin 1

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Mississippi

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Mississippi small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Tate Reeves on March 18, 2020. The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in the entire state of Mississippi; and the contiguous counties of Choctaw, Colbert, Franklin, Lamar, Lauderdale,

COVID-19 UPDATE: New Recommendations for Restaurants and Bars

Jackson, MS – The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) now recommends that all restaurant and bars suspend dine-in service in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19, effective immediately. This decision is consistent with the social distancing principles from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in line with actions taken by other states. This recommendation is for the foreseeable future. Restaurants may still offer carryout or delivery orders to their customers. “This will in no way affect gas stations, pharmacies, grocery stores or food marts” said MSDH State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs, MD, MPH. Additionally, the MSDH is recommending that Mississippi reside

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