City of Hattiesburg mourns passing of Urban Development housing coordinator

Kévin Jordan, the City of Hattiesburg’s housing coordinator in urban development, passed away due to COVID-19 complications, Mayor Toby Barker and his administrative team confirmed Tuesday. Jordan, 58, worked for the city for 13 years. “Kévin Jordan believed in going the extra mile to help people, and many in our city benefitted from his compassion, work ethic and high standard of excellence. He treated his coworkers as family, and tonight, that family grieves for someone who cared deeply for all of us,” Mayor Barker said in a statement.

MSDH reporting more cases, tips on face coverings

The Mississippi State Department of Health reports 177 new cases of COVID-19 in the state and eight new deaths. The total of Mississippi’s cases, since March 11, now stands at 1915, with 59 deaths. MSDH advises everyone to cover their faces with a mask or homemade cloth covering when in public places where a distance of at least six feet between people is difficult to maintain. The Centers for Disease Control have tips on making, wearing and cleaning your own cloth face covering at this website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

PRCC launches "Wildcats Never Quit" campaign

(The following is a press release from Pearl River Community College.) POPLARVILLE, Miss. —Pearl River Community College strives to be a constant, progressive and strong fixture in its community. With that in mind, Pearl River Community College is launching a new campaign: “Wildcats Never Quit.” “The marketing team at PRCC is exceptional,” Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communication Candace Harper said. “One thing they do is align their efforts to push forward the vision Dr. Breerwood (PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood) sets forth. President Breerwood expressed he wanted to encourage students to stay focused and motivated to not give up. “That is how the ‘Wildcats Never

Mississippi COVID-19 Update: 100 new cases, 8 new deaths

Jackson, MS - This morning MSDH is reporting 100 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi and eight new deaths. Coronavirus cases have also been identified in three more long-term care facilities across the state. The total of Mississippi’s cases since March 11 now stands at 1,738, with 51 deaths. Total statewide COVID-19 testing figures as of April 5 are now also available. MSDH, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and commercial laboratories have performed 20,370 tests of Mississippians since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak. More details of COVID-19 in the state, along with preventive steps to take against coronavirus, are online at http://HealthyMS.com/covid-19 The Missis

MSDH confirming eight new COVID-19 deaths

(The following is a press release from the Mississippi State Dept. of Heath, which continues to take your questions about coronavirus at 1-877-978-6453.) This morning MSDH is reporting 183 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi. Eight new deaths have also been confirmed, and coronavirus cases have been identified in five more long-term care facilities across the state. The total of Mississippi’s cases since March 11 now stands at 1,638, with 43 deaths.

MSDH: Six new COVID-19 deaths confirmed

(The following is a press release from the Mississippi State Dept. of Heath, which continues to take your questions about coronavirus at 1-877-978-6453.) This morning MSDH is reporting 97 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi. Six new deaths have also been confirmed. Coronavirus cases have been identified in 30 long-term care facilities around the state, most in the past week. The total of Mississippi’s cases since March 11 now stands at 1,455, with 35 deaths.

HPD makes arrest in Apr. 3 shooting

(The following is a press release from HPD.) Hattiesburg Police have charged a Hub City man in connection to the Friday night, April 3, 2020, shooting in the 1700 block of West 7th Street. Robert Freeman, 23, of Hattiesburg, was charged with three counts of aggravated assault, after he surrendered to authorities shortly after the shooting. It was learned during the investigation, that the shooting stemmed from a physical altercation. None of the injuries sustained were life-threatening. Freeman was booked into the Forrest County Jail.

MSDH: 181 new cases of COVID-19

The Mississippi State Department of Health reports 181 new cases of COVID-19 in the state. Three new deaths have also been confirmed, in Chickasaw, Pontotoc and Tippah counties, the MSDH said. The state's total of cases since March 11 now stands at 1,358, with 29 deaths. The Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline continues to take your questions about COVID-19, toll free, at 1-877-978-6453.

LPD launches senior citizens initiative

(The following is a press release from Laurel Police.) The Laurel Police Department is launching a new public outreach initiative aimed at keeping our senior citizens safe. The Senior Citizens Initiative has been in the planning stage for a while but now seems to be the perfect time to kick it off. We are asking the public to help by providing LPD with the name, address and telephone number of senior citizens in our community who may not have the family support structure locally to regularly check on them. It is the goal of the program to call the citizens two times per month and visit with them at least once per month. Obviously, the home visit part of the initiative may have to be modified

MSDH: Wayne Co. reports its first COVID-19 case

(The following information comes from the Mississippi State Dept. of Health.) This morning MSDH is reporting 104 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi. Four new deaths have also been confirmed, in Chickasaw, Jackson, Marshall and Monroe counties. Wayne County is reporting its first coronavirus case. The state total of cases now stands at 1,177, with 26 deaths. We are also actively investigating COVID-19 cases in nursing homes and similar long-term care facilities in several counties. Because this group of older adults is much more vulnerable to severe illness and death from coronavirus infection, even a single case among residents or staff begins an outbreak investigation and diseases control

Mississippi's Governor Tate Reeves establishes statewide shelter-in-place

(The following is a press release from Governor Tate Reeves' office.) JACKSON — Today, Governor Tate Reeves signed a new executive order establishing a statewide shelter-in-place for Mississippi to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of all who call our state home. The Mississippi Department of Health determined that our state has now reached a critical point in the cycle of the outbreak, and Governor Reeves announced his decision to issue the shelter-in-place order for Mississippi at a press conference this afternoon. Mississippi is rapidly increasing testing and strictly enforcing quarantines for anyone that investigators believe has been exposed to the virus. The shelter-in

Pandemic expert: Social distance now to lessen COVID-19 spread

(The following is a press release from the University of Mississippi Medical Center.) JACKSON, Miss. – Social distancing is the most important tool we have in slowing COVID-19 transmission, saving lives and saving resources, according to a University of Mississippi Medical Center emergency physician. “The key is to minimize person-to-person transmission, especially among people who do not normally interact with each other,” said Dr. Richard Finley, professor of emergency medicine at UMMC, who has studied models of the factors influencing the course of pandemic illness. “With several forecast models predicting that Mississippi will see a wave of infections peaking in the last two weeks of Apr

Organizers postpone, reimagine FestivalSouth

(The following is a press release from FestivalSouth organizers. Visit www.FestivalSouth.org for more details.) FestivalSouth had planned to announce the complete line up for this summer’s annual event and begin ticket sales today, April 1, 2020. However, in the best interest of the public and its’ participants, all of the events planned for this year have been moved to 2021. FestivalSouth is planning to offer and share online content through its’ social media channels and in partnership with local, state, and international presenters. In a statement, the board of the Hattiesburg Concert Association that presents FestivalSouth and the staff of the festival itself said: It has been an unprec

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