Jones College extends closure, goes online March 30th

(The following is a press release from Jones College.) ELLISVILLE –In response to the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 and to maximize social distancing to slow the transmission, all classes at Jones College and the Jones College County Centers (Advanced Technology Center, Clarke, Greene, Jasper, and Wayne) are canceled for March 23- 27, 2020, the week that students were scheduled to return from Spring Break. Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, and until further notice, the college will hold all classes and related coursework online. The timeframe for this approach is open-ended; however, the administration will monitor this, “Learn from Home” approach continuously with the hope of ret

MSDH: Nine new cases of COVID-19

The Mississippi State Department of Health reports nine new cases of COVID-19 in the state. Health officials say the newest cases have been identified in Harrison, Hinds, Jackson and Leflore Counties. The state total now stands at 21, with 389 individuals tested.

Pearl River Valley EPA Prepares for COVID-19

(The following is a press release from Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association.) Columbia, MS- After careful consideration for both our member’s and our employee’s safety, Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association has decided to close its lobbies in its offices in Columbia, Wiggins, Hattiesburg and Purvis. Members can still conduct their usual business, through our drive-throughs. “Our member’s and our employee’s safety are our top priority”, said Pearl River Valley Electric general manager, Randy Wallace. “We want to make sure that physical interaction is kept to a minimum, until the danger of the virus has passed.” Pearl River Valley Electric also encourages members to utilize al

Hattiesburg Zoo closed through rest of March, at least

(The following is a press release from the Hattiesburg Convention Commission.) ​The Hattiesburg Zoo announced today that it will close at 4 p.m. Monday, March 16th and will not reopen until at least March 31st in an effort to help stop the spread of coronavirus, or COVID-19. The Hattiesburg Zoo has been closely monitoring health information on COVID-19 along with recommendations of the CDC, State of Mississippi, and City of Hattiesburg. As a result of this guidance, we have made the difficult decision to close to the public. The health and safety of our guests, staff, animals, volunteers and the community are our highest priority. The Hattiesburg Zoo’s mission is to further our guests’

Hattiesburg, Petal, Forrest Co. Libraries closing due to COVID-19 until further notice

(The following is a press release from The Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County.) The Library Board of Trustees, after recommendations from Library Administration, has elected to close its physical facilities to the public effective March 17th. Digital services and wifi in parking lots remain in place. A new curbside pickup service will be implemented. Details of this new service will be available shortly on the library’s website ( under the COVID-19 link.

MSDH: Two new COVID-19 cases in Pearl River, Monroe Counties

The Mississippi State Department of Health says two new cases of COVID-19 have been identified. One is in Pearl River County; the other is in Monroe County. Health officials are also correcting a case previously reported in Pearl River County. The patient was actually from Hancock County.

Mississippi governor declares state of emergency

(The following is a press release from the Mississippi governor's office.) JACKSON — Today, Governor Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency to further ramp up Mississippi's coordinated response across all levels of government and provide health officials and administrators with the necessary tools and guidance to combat the spread of COVID-19. "Taking proactive measures to limit community spread, I have declared a state of emergency to deploy the necessary resources to protect public health and take care of all Mississippians. We are not taking any chances. This is our latest step to respond to COVID-19, and it will not be our last. We will continue coordinating our response efforts an

Turtle Creek Mall canceling events, including Easter photos

(The following is a press release from Turtle Creek Mall) The health and well-being of the community we serve, our customers, employees, and retail partners is our top priority. Out of an abundance of caution and based on guidelines for public meetings and events from the CDC and other governmental agencies, we have made the decision to cancel or postpone all planned events, which includes our seasonal Easter Bunny photo program. We will continue to monitor updates from the CDC as well as local health officials and governmental agencies and will resume our event schedule as soon as it is appropriate.

Jones College: All sporting events canceled through late March

(The following is a press release from Jones College.) JACKSON – As a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Mississippi Association of Community College Commission (MACC), a group composed of the state's 15 community college presidents, has suspended all community college athletics through March 30. The MACC will continue to monitor the situation and update activities accordingly. Jones College is committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of our campus community as well as our student-athletes, coaches, staff members and family members who participate in and regularly attend our sporting events.

MSDH confirms two more positive Coronavirus cases

(The following is a press release from the Mississippi State Department of Health.) JACKSON, Miss. — Today the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports the second and third presumptive positive cases of coronavirus or COVID-19 in Mississippi. Final verification will come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One case is a Forrest County adult female over 65 who recently traveled to North Carolina. The patient has been hospitalized. The other case is a Forrest County adult male who recently traveled to Florida and has been self-isolating at home without hospitalization. The first presumptive case was reported Wednesday night in an adult male from Forrest Coun

Southern Miss president releases statement on coronavirus

(The following information comes from the University of Southern Mississippi.) Dear University Community, Following the guidance of recent COVID-19 advisories provided by federal, state, and local healthcare organizations, The University of Southern Mississippi is providing the following updates: Events • Events sponsored by USM or hosted in USM facilities, where 50 or more attendees are expected, are canceled. • This guidance is effective from March 12, 2020 to April 30, 2020, at which time event guidelines will be reevaluated. Spring Break • Spring Break has been extended through March 27, 2020. Students should read this message from the Vice President for Student Affairs - https:

PRCC: NJCAA Tournament postponed

(The following is a press release from Pearl River Community College.) POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Due to developments regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), all national championship events have been postponed, the NJCAA announced Thursday. The NJCAA Tournament, which was scheduled to start Monday in Hutchinson, Kansas, will have a tentative start date of Monday, April 20. "Due to the concerns surrounding the safety and security of our student-athletes and those involved with Division I and Division II NJCAA championships, we are postponing the tournaments and maintaining a fluid mentality to see these tournaments take place with a tentative start date," NJCAA President & CEO Dr. Christopher Parker sai


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