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State's death toll from COVID-19 rises to five

Posted 3/26/2020 in State

Mississippi State Department of Health reported Wednesday that four more people in the state have died of COVID-19 coronavirus.


Governor: Mississippi not 'dictator' on limits during virus

Posted 3/26/2020 in State

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday that he is rejecting "dictator models like China" to strictly control people's movements to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.



Mississippi has nation's 12th highest COVID-19 infection rate

Posted 3/25/2020 in State

Based on total confirmed cases, Mississippi currently has one of the nation's highest COVID-19 infection rates.



Mississippi governor bans most gatherings of 10 or more

Posted 3/25/2020 in State

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on Tuesday issued an executive order that further restricts people's physical interactions to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but he is not mandating that people stay at home.


MSDH reports 320 cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi

Posted 3/24/2020 in State

Mississippi State Department of Health reported 71 new cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in Mississippi Tuesday morning, bringing the state's total to 320.


Reeves: Closing businesses amid virus could do harm

Posted 3/24/2020 in State

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that he is not ordering businesses to close or people to stay at home to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus, in contrast to what several other governors are doing.


249 cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi

Posted 3/23/2020 in State

There are nearly 250 confirmed cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Mississippi, including two new cases in Lowndes County and three in Oktibbeha County.

Reeves seeks to help unemployed amid virus outbreak

Posted 3/23/2020 in State

Confirmed coronavirus infections climbed to more than 200 in Mississippi, and the governor announced plans to provide quicker access to unemployment benefits for residents affected by the outbreak.


Analysis: Mississippi wise to close Capitol because of virus

Posted 3/23/2020 in State

The Mississippi Capitol is a germ and virus factory during any normal legislative session because of all the glad-handing, back-slapping and random hugging. It was clearly in line to become more perilous than usual during the coronavirus pandemic.



Mississippi collects more than $27M from lottery in 3 months

Posted 3/23/2020 in State

Revenue from the Mississippi Lottery continues to increase.



Inmate found dead at south Mississippi prison

Posted 3/23/2020 in State

An inmate serving a life sentence for capital murder has died at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville, the prison said in a statement released Sunday.



Tupelo mayor breaks up gathering to stem COVID-19 spread

Posted 3/23/2020 in State

A large group of people at an auction in a northeast Mississippi city was broken up Saturday under a directive from the city's mayor.



Brewery planned to make hard seltzer but made hand sanitizer

Posted 3/23/2020 in State

Lazy Magnolia Brewing has been on the Mississippi Coast for 15 years. They're known for their ales, but as cases of the new coronavirus began to rise in Mississippi, co-owner Leslie Henderson saw something distilleries across the country were doing to help their communities.



Mississippi delays a GOP primary runoff amid pandemic

Posted 3/21/2020 in State

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves announced Friday that he is postponing the March 31 Republican primary runoff in the state's 2nd Congressional District because of the coronavirus. The new date is June 23.


Mississippi sees first death from COVID-19

Posted 3/20/2020 in State

A Hancock County resident has died from COVID-19, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health.


COVID-19 exposes holes in Mississippi's health care system

Posted 3/20/2020 in State

With cutbacks that include hundreds fewer employees working for the state Department of Health, Mississippi appears less equipped to battle the coronavirus pandemic.



Attorney: Mississippi jails not prepared for virus pandemic

Posted 3/20/2020 in State

Mississippi jails are not prepared to handle a coronavirus outbreak, and judges should consider releasing people who are waiting for trial on nonviolent crimes but cannot afford to post bail, a human rights attorney said.



Mississippi researchers working on another coronavirus test

Posted 3/19/2020 in State

Leaders at the University of Mississippi Medical Center said Wednesday that physicians and researchers there are working to develop a test for the new coronavirus amid high demand for test kits nationwide.


34 COVID-19 cases in Mississippi

Posted 3/18/2020 in State

Mississippi State Department of Health reported 34 cases of COVID-19 as of this morning.


Mississippi focuses on worker pay amid coronavirus concern

Posted 3/18/2020 in State

Mississippi legislators decided Tuesday to suspend their session because of the coronavirus pandemic, but they first worked to ensure teachers and employees of city and county governments would be paid even if they are told to stay home.



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