MSDH: Eleven more patients die of COVID-19 complications

The Mississippi State Department of Health reports 246 new cases of COVID-19 in the state and 11 new deaths. The number of patients in the state currently hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 infection increased to 436. Mississippi's total COVID-19 cases since March 11 now stands at 6,815, with 261 deaths. The MSDH has posted an estimate of COVID-19 recoveries, based on reported hospitalizations at this website: http://HealthyMS.com/covid-19#recoveries

MSDH: Eleven patients die of COVID-19 complications

The Mississippi State Department of Health reports 227 new cases of COVID-19 in the state with 11 more deaths. Thirty-one of the new cases were among residents in long-term care facilities, the MSDH said. The number of Mississippians hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 infections has risen to 430, the MSDH added. The Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline continues to take your questions about the virus, toll free, at 1-877-978-6453.

USM president: Plans call for fall reopening of campus

(The following is a message from Southern Miss' president -- submitted to FOX23.) Dear Southern Miss Community: As we continue to navigate the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic, I am pleased to share that we are planning to resume on-campus operations this fall. These plans could change, as guidance from public health officials monitoring COVID-19 continues to evolve. In preparation for this transition, modified policies and procedures are being developed for implementation across the institution, including expanded health and safety protocols and flexible course formats, which will allow us to adapt more easily to changes in the environment. The Southern Miss on-campus experience has proven t

Veterans Memorial Museum in Laurel cancels 2020 Memorial Day Commemoration

Officials with the Laurel-based Veterans Memorial Museum confirm to FOX23 this year's Memorial Day Commemoration has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. The museum, located at 920 Hillcrest Drive, remains closed to the public until further notice. Visit www.veterans-memorial-museum.org for more details.

Salvation Army in Laurel seeking monetary donations after COVID-19, storms

The Salvation Army's Laurel Corps is experiencing a growing need for financial assistance due to COVID-19 concerns and recent storms. As of this writing, the Laurel shelter has 16 residents and serves 75 meals a day to local residents. The Salvation Army's mobile canteen served meals to residents and first responders after the Easter Sunday storms in Jones County. "The Laurel Corps will remain open and ready to supply prepared meals and food boxes for anyone in need, but we need monetary assistance to continue helping our community," Laurel Corps Officer Major Raymond Pruitt said in a statement. To find out how you can financially help the Salvation Army's Laurel Corps, contact them at www.s

City of Hattiesburg reduces in force in response to COVID-19

(The following is a press release from the City of Hattiesburg.) Due to projected shortfalls in sales tax revenues from COVID-19’s effect on the Hattiesburg economy, the City of Hattiesburg will experience a reduction in force beginning this week. The city’s general fund is heavily dependent on the tax dollars generated from retail sales, and March numbers indicate a downturn (approximately 15%) for when the parts of the economy were shut down for less than half the month. That shortfall is anticipated to double for April. “We have endeavored to be very transparent throughout the city’s response to COVID-19. We believe our employees and our citizens deserve to know the good, the bad and the

MSDH: Two patients die of COVID-19 complications

The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting 183 new cases of COVID-19 in the state and two new deaths. Forty-two of these new cases were among residents in long-term care facilities. The number of patients in Mississippi hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 infection has fallen to 373. Mississippi's total COVID-19 cases since March 11 now stands at 6094, with 229 deaths. The Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline is taking your questions about the virus at 877-978-6453.

MEMA opens disaster assistance centers in Pine Belt

More than two weeks after the Easter tornadoes, MEMA has opened disaster assistance centers in Covington, Jefferson Davis, and Jones Counties. The centers are open weekdays 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. until noon (closed Sundays) at the following locations. \ Covington County: Seminary United Methodist Church, 208 Pine Street, Seminary \ Jefferson Davis County: L.L. Roberts United Methodist Church, 247 General Robert E. Blount Drive, Bassfield \ Jones County: Antioch United Methodist Church, 845 Lowe Myrick Road, Laurel If you go to a disaster assistance center, MEMA requests that you bring your Social Security Number, insurance information, damage information, financial informa

MSDH: Dozen more patients die of COVID-19 complications

The Mississippi State Department of Health reports 284 new cases of COVID-19 in the state and 12 new deaths. Forty-seven of these new cases were among residents in long-term care facilities. The number of patients hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 infection rose by four to 405. Mississippi's total COVID-19 cases since March 11 now stands at 5,718, with 221 deaths. The Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline continues to take your questions at 1-877-978-6453.

HPD makes two arrests in ongoing drug investigation

(The following is a press release from the Hattiesburg Police Department.) On Friday, April 24, 2020, Hattiesburg Police along with Metro Task Force agents arrested two individuals in an ongoing investigation. Around 4 p.m. Hattiesburg Police and Metro Task Force agents executed a search warrant at a home in the 1900 block of Mamie Street. The warrant resulted in two arrests, and the seizure of weapons and drugs. Keith Atkins, 28, of Hattiesburg, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance (meth) with intent to distribute- within 1500 feet of a school/church, possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone) with intent to distribute - within 1500 feet of a school/churc

MSDH: Eight patients die of COVID-19 complications

The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting 259 new cases of COVID-19 in the state and eight new deaths. Cases among long-term care facility residents have increased by 45, the MSDH said. The health department added 382 patients in the state are hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19. The total of Mississippi's cases since March 11 now stands at 5153, with 201 deaths. The Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline continues to take your questions about the virus at 877-978-6453.

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