MSDH: Seven more patients die in COVID-19 outbreak

The Mississippi State Department of Health reports 264 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi and seven new deaths. The total of cases since March 11 now stands at 3,624, with 129 deaths. The Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline takes your questions about the virus at 1-877-978-6453.

Governor Reeves announces assistance for homeowners, first responders

(The following is a press release from the Mississippi Governor's Office.) JACKSON — Today, Governor Tate Reeves announced further efforts to support homeowners and first responders who are being stretched thin during the COVID-19 outbreak. Working with the Mississippi Home Corporation (MHC) and Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS), Governor Reeves is providing mortgage assistance for homeowners and emergency childcare for essential personnel and first responders to help relieve the burden of hardworking Mississippians across our state. Mortgage Assistance MHC has reopened the Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) to provide short-term mortgage assistance to those who have lost employment or inc

National nonprofit organization donates food, supplies to Southern Pines Animal Shelter

(The following is a press release from GreaterGood.org.) GreaterGood.org, a national nonprofit that protects people, pets, and the planet, is donating pet food and critical supplies to Southern Pines Animal Shelter who, in partnership with Edwards Street Fellowship Center and the Hattiesburg Convention Commission, will work to distribute food to pet parents struggling financially who need resources to care for their pets. “Pets play such an important role in our families, and we recognize the difficulty many in our community are facing right now due to these unprecedented circumstances,” said Ginny Sims, Executive Director for Southern Pines. “During this time of so much uncertainty, we kno

MSDH: Eleven more patients die of COVID-19 complications

The Mississippi State Department of Health reports 273 new cases of COVID-19 in the state with eleven new deaths. The total of Mississippi cases since March 11 stands at 3360 with 122 deaths. The MSDH reports six new outbreaks have been identified in long-term care facilities. The Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline is taking your questions about COVID-19 at 1-877-978-6453.

Gov. Reeves extends school closures to slow COVID-19 spread

(The following is a press release from the Mississippi Governor's office.) JACKSON — Today, Governor Tate Reeves announced that schools in Mississippi will remain closed for the rest of the school year to slow the spread of COVID-19. To ensure that Mississippi students' education continues through the remainder of the school year, Governor Reeves is asking every school to submit distance learning plans to mitigate and enhance their learning. He is also asking that educators prepare for summer or early fall learning as an option for make-up school. "I know how hard teachers, students, all staff, and parents have been working during this dangerous time. You have my deep respect and sincere

State Auditor's Office warns of scams, frauds in midst of COVID-19 concerns

(The following is a press release from the Mississippi State Auditor's Office.) JACKSON, Miss. – Fraud schemes become more common, according to State Auditor Shad White, during emergencies. To help combat that fraud, the Office of the State Auditor today released information on the best authorities to contact if Mississippians see a fraud scheme, along with information on how to protect themselves from the fraud. “As a Certified Fraud Examiner, I’m alarmed by the number of schemes we’re seeing pop up around Mississippi and on social media,” said White. “Everyone needs to stay vigilant and use common sense in times like these. Please report each of these schemes as you see them so the proper

MSDH reporting two more deaths due to COVID-19 complications

The Mississippi State Department of Health reports 161 new cases of COVID-19 in the state and two new deaths. The total number of cases since March 11 now stands at 2,942 with 98 deaths. The MSDH adds five new outbreaks have been identified in long-term care facilities. The Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline continues to take your questions about COVID-19 at 1-877-978-6453.

MSDH: Six more patients die of COVID-19 complications.

(The following is a press release from the Mississippi State Department of Health, which is taking your questions about COVID-19 at 877-978-6453.) This morning MSDH is reporting 209 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi and six new deaths. The total of Mississippi’s cases since March 11 now stands at 2,469, with 82 deaths. Three new outbreaks have been identified in long-term care facilities. While most deaths from COVID-19 continue to be in adults over 60, five Mississippians under 50 years old have now also died. Social distancing, staying at home, and strong hygiene measures should still be strictly practiced to protect you and others.

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MSDH: Nine more patients die of COVID-19 complications

The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting 257 new cases of COVID-19 in the state -- as well as nine new deaths. The total of Mississippi’s cases since March 11stands at 2,260, with 76 deaths. Three new outbreaks have been identified in long-term care facilities, the MSDH added. The Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline continues to take your questions about COVID-19 at 1-877-978-6453.

City of Laurel announces temporary changes at City Hall, during meetings

(The following is a press release from the City of Laurel.) Beginning Monday, April 13, and continuing through Friday, April 24, 2020, there will be one entrance into City Hall for the public and employees, located at the handicap entrance at the rear of the building. Every person entering the building will have their temperature taken. If temperature is over 100.4 degrees, the person must not enter whether employee or public. These measures are being taken to help slow the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 and to protect the health of the city employees and the public. The city will reexamine this procedure on Friday April 24, to determine action for Monday April 27. Until further notice, Laur

Jones Co. Sheriff's Dept. advises residents of scam alert

The following is a press release from JCSD.) The Jones County Sheriff's Department is getting numerous phone calls from Jones County residents advising they are getting phone calls about missing jury duty and requesting they pay the fine for missing jury duty via prepaid cards or debit cards such as Green Dot. This is a SCAM! Please just hang up on the person making the call and do not pay any fine over the phone - that's not how Jones County does business. One individual today had put $2,000 on a prepaid card to pay the alleged fine, but contacted the Sheriff's Department concerned about the caller before sending the payment. Fortunately, we were able to advise that individual not to send t

MSDH: Eight more patients die of COVID-19 complications

The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting 88 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi and eight new deaths. The total of the state's cases since March 11 now stands at 2,003, with 67 deaths. Three new outbreaks have been identified in long-term care facilities. The MSDH continues to take your questions about COVID-19 at this toll-free number -- 1-877-978-6453.

Kindness in Action: Efforts underway to help food industry

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

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