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VIDEO: Mississippi governor looks back at past five months of pandemic

Aug. 11 marked the five-month anniversary of Mississippi reporting its first case of the coronavirus. Gov. Tate Reeves had this to say.

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Letter sent home with some Mooreville students about positive COVID-19 case

Some Lee County parents said their children were sent home with a letter confirming someone tested positive for the coronavirus last week within Mooreville Schools.

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Columbus Municipal School District confirms two positive COVID-19 cases

The school district has reported two positive cases of the coronavirus as of Tuesday, Aug. 11.

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MSDH reports 644 new coronavirus cases, 33 new deaths Tuesday

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reported 644 new COVID-19 cases and 33 new deaths Tuesday, Aug. 11.

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Local back-to-school plans

Students and educators will soon return to the classroom, and schools are taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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75-year old woman beats coronavirus

A local woman and her family are rejoicing after she won her nearly 2-month battle with the coronavirus.

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VIDEO: Mississippi governor says 'the masks are working'

With encouraging data Monday, Gov. Tate Reeves praised Mississippians' increased focus on slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

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Mississippi lawmakers returning to work on state budget

Mississippi legislators are returning to the Capitol to wrap up unfinished parts of the state budget as leaders are clashing with Republican Gov. Tate Reeves.

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Coronavirus: Know the basics

As the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) continues - this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe.

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VIDEO: Half of the Houston Hilltoppers went back to school Monday

Students at Houston were split into two groups. Group A went back to in-class learning Monday; group B will go back on Tuesday.

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Most Alabama child care facilities are open amid pandemic

The Alabama Department of Human Resources says 63% of the state’s 2,410 child care facilities are now open after most closed in the spring because of COVID-19.

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Bully's Closet and Pantry make changes amid pandemic

The closet and food pantry have changed their hours of operation and now offer a curbside service for students.

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MSU employees prepare to occupy quarantine spaces

Chief Communications Officer Sid Salter said university workers will be equipped with protection and the necessary equipment to stay safe during the pandemic.

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School districts in Alcorn County, Corinth dealing with COVID cases

The superintendent of the Corinth School District says 131 students are being quarantined.

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Tupelo Schools delay start for students until Aug. 17

Updated - Students in Tupelo will have to wait a few more days to return for the 2020-2021 fall semester.

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New Albany School District returns with in-person classes

The New Albany School District continued its back-to-school process on Friday with a staggered-return schedule.

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VIDEO: Lafayette County coach died after showing coronavirus symptoms

The superintendent of the Lafayette County School District said Nacoma James died Thursday.

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Saltillo parents send their kids back to school

Parents share how they feel about their children returning to Saltillo high school during the pandemic.

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Students in Webster County know what to expect for the school year

East Webster High School students returned to school for their first day of classes.

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Mississippi schools delayed by mandate can cut from calendar

The Mississippi State Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to allow some school districts the ability to cut up to 10 days from their academic calendars.

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Coronavirus stresses Americans more than others, study finds

The coronavirus pandemic has turned life upside down around the world, with many workers losing their jobs, economies plummeting and parents worried about re...

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TCPS following safety plan to protect students during pandemic

It's back to school for students at Tupelo Christian Preparatory School (TCPS).

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State leaders' reactions to rising Corinth School coronavirus cases

Governor Tate Reeves and State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs share their thoughts and plans about schools and potential school closures during the pandemic.

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Columbus schools prepare for students' arrival

A principal shares the precautions Columbus schools are taking to keep students safe from the coronavirus.

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Columbus police enforce state wide mask order

The Columbus police chief said officers are ready to answer calls if people aren't wearing masks inside businesses.

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Corinth Schools confirm positive COVID-19 cases across all campuses

The Corinth School District says two more individuals - one at the middle school and one at the elementary school - tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Tribe, economy, even cemeteries hurt as virus hits Choctaws

As confirmed coronavirus cases skyrocket in Mississippi, the state’s only federally recognized American Indian tribe has been devastated.

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Pharmacy operating changes

The cornavirus continues to impact how businesses operate. One pharmacy shares some of its changes for public health.

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EMCC and MSU athletics team up to help with contact tracing

East Mississippi Community College's Communiversity and the athletic engineering program at Mississippi State are trying to help businesses tackle contact tracing.

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Mississippi governor issues statewide mask mandate, delays start of middle and high schools in eight counties

Updated - Gov. Tate Reeves issued a statewide mask mandate Tuesday afternoon.

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State Health Officer: Individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 ordered to isolate effective immediately

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs issued a statewide order for the isolation of individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 effective immediately.

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Nursing class, two instructors at NEMCC under quarantine

A class and two instructors at Northeast Mississippi Community College are under quarantine because a student tested positive for the coronavirus.

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VIDEO: Watch out for scammers posing as contact tracers

The Better Business Bureau is warning Mississippians to beware of scammers. WTVA anchor Alyssa Martin explains what to watch out for and ways to protect yourself.

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Mississippi health department: Coronavirus deaths top 1,700

en more Mississippians have died from COVID-19, boosting the state's death toll from the coronavirus disease above 1,700, according to the latest data posted Sunday by the state health department.

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Lee, Lowndes, Pontotoc, Noxubee counties among several to follow strict safety measures

Eight more counties are to follow strict measures to further prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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Belhaven University offers perk to keep students amid virus

A private university in Mississippi is trying to attract and retain students during the cornavirus pandemic by providing full-tuition scholarships for people to earn graduate degrees online.

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Alabama school system using foggers to sanitize campuses

An Alabama school system is using a new cleaning tool to combat the coronavirus, without having to scrub desks, chairs and chalkboards.

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Junior Auxiliary in West Point continues school supply collection

The Junior Auxiliary in West Point is collecting school supplies for the annual "Stuff the Bus" event.

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Fauci optimistic COVID-19 vaccine will be widely available

Dr. Anthony Fauci is telling lawmakers that once a coronavirus vaccine is approved as safe and effective, Americans should have widespread access within a reasonable time.

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Tupelo aligns with state's latest order addressing Lee County

The City of Tupelo amended its previously-issued executive order to align with the state's order requiring the use of masks and social distancing in Lee County.

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Broadband pilot programs underway for 4 County members

4 County Electric Power Association is launching broadband pilot programs for members in Choctaw, Clay and Noxubee counties.

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Mississippi: New mask and social distancing requirements for selected counties

These counties are considered hotspots for the coronavirus, and residents are to follow strict safety measures to further prevent the spread of the virus.

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Okolona temporarily closes City Hall, office of electric department because of COVID case

Due to a positive coronavirus case, Okolona has temporarily closed two buildings.

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Alabama governor extends mask order, requires for students

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is extending a state order requiring face coverings in public for another month.

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As US nears 150,000 coronavirus deaths, group warns of hundreds of thousands more without action

The United States on Wednesday is expected to surpass 150,000 recorded Covid-19 deaths -- a milestone that comes as the country's rate of daily coronavirus d...

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MHSAA released guidelines for football and other fall sports

The governing body for Mississippi high school athletics released guidelines Tuesday for football, cross country, swimming and volleyball during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Report a restaurant violating the governor's coronavirus order

Here's where you can report a restaurant to the Mississippi State Department of Health if it is not following Gov. Tate Reeves order for coronavirus guidelines.

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FDA expands list of potentially deadly hand sanitizers

The US Food and Drug Administration has...

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Governor Tate Reeves, Mayor Shelton take aim at each other

The governor mentioned Mayor Shelton after he was asked a question about communicating with mayors.

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Supervisors want Lowndes County added to mask list

Lowndes County supervisors want the governor to add their county to the list of counties required to wear masks.

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Renewal Plan: MUW classes to begin August 17

Classes at the Mississippi University for Women (MUW) will begin on Monday, Aug. 17.

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Students and staff return to school in Corinth

Students and staff in the Corinth School District began their fall semester on Monday.

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Coronavirus forced Booneville, West Point to make school changes

A spike in coronavirus cases led to changes for a couple of local school districts.

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Mississippi restricts six more counties; adds restrictions to bars, social gatherings

Gov. Tate Reeves announced new restrictions during Friday afternoon’s COVID briefing.

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Pontotoc City Schools push back first day of school

The school is pushing back the date due to rising Coronavirus cases.

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VIDEO: Mississippi could add more counties to restriction list

The governor may announce more additions to the list of counties in which strict safety measures to be followed in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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UMMC: 'Wear a damn mask'

“Wear a damn mask,” is what the University Medical Center (UMMC) is saying to Mississippians.

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Alabama reports daily case record; more schools to go online

Alabama reported more than 2,200 new coronavirus cases, the highest single-day increase in cases since the pandemic began.

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Oktibbeha County extends mask mandate another two weeks

Supervisors in Oktibbeha County extended the county’s mask mandate for another two weeks, according to the Starkville Daily News.

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State Health Officer: Several local counties with 'rapid COVID growth'

Data shows several counties in north Mississippi have had rapid COVID-19 growth in the past 50 days.

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US returns to 1,000 coronavirus deaths in a day and officials warn pandemic will only get worse

A Texas doctor describes what it's like working in a coronavirus unit and says he's treating about 70 different patients, which is about four to five times more than he usually sees in a single day. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.

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Aberdeen schools change start date for classes

The superintendent confirmed the change with WTVA 9 News.

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NEMCC issues safe return guide for students, employees

The college will require employees and students to wear face coverings in most situations.

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Official: Mississippi hospitals likely to be overwhelmed

Within two weeks, Mississippi hospitals will need to start housing patients two-to-a room and placing beds in open wards and other areas where patients don't normally stay to keep up with the surge in new coronavirus cases, the state health officer said Monday.

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VIDEO: Residents take coronavirus tests in Starkville

The testing comes as more than 1,000 cases were confirmed Monday.

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VIDEO: EMCC Opens under CDC guidelines

The campus is working to take extra safety measures to keep everyone safe.

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SWAC pushes fall sports to spring

Alcorn State, Jackson State and Mississippi Valley State will not play football this fall.

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Mississippi adds 10 more counties to enhanced measures list

The state says 10 more counties are to follow strict measures to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.

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List of cities, counties requiring masks - north Mississippi

The list of cities and counties across the state that are requiring the usage of masks is growing.

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Review: Alabama school district plans lack closure details

A review of Alabama school districts' plans for reopening during the coronavirus pandemic finds that few districts provide clear guidance about what would force them to close schools again.

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Mississippi top doc: COVID 'solution is not to get infected'

Mississippi is hiring more people to investigate the spread of COVID-19, but cases are expanding rapidly in the state and the work is outpacing the number of employees.

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Home Depot and Lowe's will start requiring customers to wear masks

It's about to get tough to buy lumber or a sump pump without wearing a mask.Rivals Home Depot and Lowe's both announced Friday that they will require...

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VIDEO: Hospitals struggle with COVID-19 amount, UMMC provides look into daily life

The hospital in Jackson provided video of doctors and nurses treating COVID-19 patients.

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At least 2 Mississippi lawmakers in hospital with COVID-19

At least two Mississippi lawmakers are hospitalized because of COVID-19.

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Task force report says 18 states in coronavirus 'red zone' should roll back reopening

An unpublished document prepared for the White House...

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VIDEO: Hospitals working together to fight bed shortage

OCH says it has worked with other area hospitals to fight the coronavirus.

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NMMC is using “investigational” antibody treatment on some coronavirus patients

Vitalant Blood Services and NMMC are gathering and using antibodies from patients who have recovered from the coronavirus to help treat other patients.

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Students look forward to schools reopening

Students look forward to schools reopening in West Point.

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VIDEO: OCH has rapid coronavirus testing

The tests are used for those who already suffer from the coronavirus.

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Louisville urges public to wear face coverings

To prevent the spread of the virus, Louisville is asking the public to wear masks and face coverings.

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Coronavirus puts new focus on air conditioning

CDC study finds air conditioning systems could play a role in spreading the virus if proper filtration isn't in place. NBC's Liz McLaughlin reports.

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Mississippi sees new record bump in reported COVID-19 cases

Mississippi is seeing a record single-day increase for new coronavirus cases reported by the state Health Department.

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Mississippi gov considers bar restrictions as virus spreads

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves says he might set restrictions on bars to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Organizations give away free food and milk to families on Wednesday to help them during the pandemic

Joy was in the hot, summer air on Wednesday as families received boxes of free produce and half-gallons of milk.

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New website launched for Mississippi PPE providers

Governor Reeves announced the new website during his Coronavirus update on Wednesday.

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Alabama to require face masks as coronavirus surges in state

Alabama will begin requiring face masks in public as health officials try to quell a surge of new coronavirus cases that are filling up hospitals.

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Coffeeville under mask mandate

People in Coffeeville are now required to wear a mask or face covering to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 68293

Reported Deaths: 1944
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds5656118
DeSoto368031
Harrison253036
Madison244368
Rankin229235
Jackson228843
Jones191659
Forrest182056
Washington168942
Lee147941
Lauderdale141192
Neshoba128692
Lamar122614
Oktibbeha112739
Bolivar111834
Warren109533
Lowndes108538
Panola106214
Sunflower105425
Scott100320
Lafayette98317
Copiah95728
Leflore94765
Pike93836
Holmes90049
Grenada84921
Yazoo83312
Lincoln83241
Pontotoc8308
Simpson80330
Monroe80155
Leake79025
Wayne77421
Coahoma77213
Tate73629
Marshall7019
Marion68420
Union64316
Adams62925
Winston62316
Covington62113
George5895
Pearl River55439
Newton54311
Tallahatchie53011
Attala52325
Walthall50120
Chickasaw47019
Noxubee45912
Alcorn4345
Tishomingo4216
Calhoun4209
Prentiss41710
Claiborne40913
Smith40613
Clay39714
Hancock39514
Jasper3889
Itawamba37510
Tippah36713
Tunica3517
Clarke32626
Montgomery3265
Lawrence3228
Yalobusha31510
Humphreys29411
Quitman2701
Carroll26111
Greene25512
Perry2437
Amite2356
Webster23512
Kemper23414
Jefferson Davis2336
Wilkinson21113
Stone2055
Sharkey1995
Jefferson1957
Benton1431
Choctaw1354
Franklin1312
Issaquena262
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 99926

Reported Deaths: 1781
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson13258244
Mobile10517207
Montgomery6835149
Madison544734
Tuscaloosa423076
Baldwin365125
Unassigned363064
Shelby330936
Marshall318937
Lee270047
Morgan241118
Etowah216232
DeKalb183013
Calhoun180717
Elmore173138
Walker153964
Houston141912
Russell13872
St. Clair135418
Limestone134913
Dallas133123
Franklin128820
Cullman122712
Colbert120716
Lauderdale118919
Autauga117421
Escambia108717
Talladega104814
Jackson10144
Tallapoosa86579
Chambers84438
Dale83525
Clarke82610
Blount8124
Chilton8097
Butler76736
Coffee7646
Covington73720
Pike7087
Marion58026
Barbour5765
Lowndes57324
Marengo56515
Hale47826
Bullock46611
Winston45711
Perry4454
Washington44312
Bibb4425
Wilcox43210
Monroe4215
Pickens4049
Randolph40310
Conecuh39310
Sumter36418
Lawrence3512
Macon33914
Crenshaw3265
Choctaw28712
Cherokee2758
Henry2643
Clay2635
Geneva2631
Greene25211
Lamar2292
Fayette2125
Cleburne1271
Coosa1033
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