Kindness in Action: SEMRHI offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing

The Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative will offer free coronavirus testing Wednesday, May 13, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at its Hattiesburg Family Health Center, located at 66 Old Airport Road. For more details on this and other testing, visit www.semrhi.com or call 601-545-8700.

Gov. Reeves issues specific social distancing guidelines for Jasper, six other Mississippi counties

(The following is a press release from the governor's office.) JACKSON — Today, Governor Tate Reeves announced additional social distancing measures for seven counties identified as hotspots within our state to limit transmission around the communities and protect the health of all Mississippians. Consulting with Dr. Thomas Dobbs and other state health officials, seven counties were identified as localized regions at a higher risk for transmission: Attala, Leake, Scott, Jasper, Neshoba, Newton, and Lauderdale Counties. Governor Reeves signed a new executive order today establishing additional restrictions for those seven counties to slow the spread of COVID-19. This follows the state's "Iden

MSDH: 22 more patients die of COVID-19 complications

The Mississippi State Department of Health reports 234 new cases of COVID-19 in the state with 22 new deaths. Seven of the 22 fatalities were confirmed from death certificate reports between April 25 and May 3, the MSDH said. Mississippi's total of COVID-19 cases since March 11 now stands at 9908, with 457 deaths. The number of Mississippians hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 infections has risen to 450, the MSDH added. Sixteen of the newest cases were among residents in long-term care facilities. There are now 115 active outbreaks of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities -- where an outbreak is one or more cases among residents or staff, health officials said. The Mississippi Coronavir

Edwards St. Fellowship Center receives large donation

(Toggle closed captions on and off through the video player settings.) More details: Edwards Street Fellowship Center is located at 1919 Edwards Street in Hattiesburg; www.edwardsstreetfellowship.org; 601-544-6149

Gov. Reeves extends Safer At Home to protect public health, reopens some businesses

(The following is a press release from the governor's office.) Today, Governor Tate Reeves announced the next stage for Mississippi to continue safely reopening the state's economy while protecting public health. In a new executive order, Governor Reeves extends his Safer At Home Order for another two weeks until 8:00 AM on Monday, May 25 in an effort to continue flattening the curve while allowing Mississippians to get back to work safely. Consulting with our state health officials, the Governor also lays out strict social distancing guidelines and sanitation protocols for salons, barbershops, and gyms to begin reopening now to restore the livelihoods of the small businesses owners and thei

MSDH: More than 20 patients die after contracting COVID-19

The Mississippi State Department of Health reports 262 new cases of COVID-19 in the state and 22 new deaths. The 22 deaths include nine from prior weeks identified through death certificates, the MSDH said. Mississippi's total of COVID-19 cases since March 11 stands at 8686, with 396 deaths. Twenty-nine of the newest cases were among residents in long-term care facilities, the MSDH said. There are 114 active outbreaks of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities, the MSDH added. The health department continues to take your questions on its COVID-19 toll free hotline at 877-978-6453. Lines are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.

State Auditor: Favre repaying TANF funds

The following is a statement from State Auditor Shad White. “Today my office has received $500,000 from Brett Favre in repayment for TANF money he was paid through MCEC and a commitment to repay the remainder in installments over the next few months. The money will be held in our clearing account for a period and then be sent, in full, to the Mississippi Department of Human Services to be used for TANF-appropriate expenditures. I want to applaud Mr. Favre for his good faith effort to make this right and make the taxpayers and TANF families whole. To date, we have seen no records indicating Mr. Favre knew that TANF was the program that served as the source of the money he was paid.”

City of Hattiesburg responding to Gov. Reeves' orders

(The following information comes from the City of Hattiesburg.) Parks: - The sections of Governor Reeves’ Executive Order 1478 regarding state parks, municipal parks and outdoor recreational activities will stand without additional restrictions beginning May 7, at 8 a.m. Restaurants: - While Gov. Reeves’ order provides a baseline for restaurants to open indoor/outdoor dining at 50% capacity beginning Thursday, it continues to give municipalities the ability to use local data and provide for more stringent regulations - should they be needed. - Due to the surge in numbers in Forrest County, Mayor Barker’s Executive Order 2020-5’s provisions for restaurants to provide service by curbside

Kindness in Action: Giving Tuesday takes on extra meaning

(Toggle closed captions on and off through the video player settings.) For more details on Extra Table: www.extratable.org For more details on Edwards Street Fellowship Center: www.edwardsstreetfellowship.org To nominate someone for this Kindness in Action series, sponsored by Forrest General Hospital: wwww.forrestgeneral.com/kindnessinaction

Vitalant, Pine Belt Young Professionals hold blood drive at LTCC Friday

Vitalant, formerly United Blood Serivces, is teaming up with Pine Belt Young Professionals for a blood drive Friday at Hattiesburg's Lake Terrace Convention Center. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted blood centers, which are struggling to maintain stable inventories and avoid a major blood shortage. Schedule your appointment at www.Vitalant.org or call toll-free 1-877-258-4825.

2020 Legislative Session resumes Thursday

(The following is a press release from the Offices of the Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House.) By agreement of Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, the Mississippi Legislature will reconvene the 2020 Legislative Session at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2020. Legislative leadership is working together on a plan to help small businesses across the State that are struggling amid COVID-19. Legislation establishing the program will set parameters and allocate funds to a State agency to administer. “The backbone of our economy in Mississippi is our small businesses, and now they need our support,” Speaker of the House Philip Gunn said. “The two chambe

Gov. Reeves amends order, eventually reopening restaurants, parks

(The following is a press release from the governor's office.) JACKSON — Today, Governor Tate Reeves announced the next phase for Mississippi to begin slowly and safely reopening the state's economy while continuing to flatten the curve. In a new executive order, Governor Reeves lays out the next steps of a measured, strategic plan following our state health officials recommendations to protect lives while restoring Mississippians' livelihoods. This Executive Order amends his Safer At Home order, which he signed over a week ago and still remains in effect until Monday, May 11. The new guidelines go into effect at 8:00 AM on Thursday, May 7 until 8:00 AM on Monday, May 11, which is when the S

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