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First coronavirus death reported in Lee County, second in Tippah County

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported Lee County's first coronavirus death and a second such death in Tippah County.

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Coronavirus: 663 cases in Mississippi, 644 cases in Alabama

Here is a quick glance at the number of coronavirus cases in Mississippi and Alabama.

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Ripley issues restrictions due to coronavirus

Ripley is the latest community to impose restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

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Columbus' curfew still in effect, aims to stop spread of coronavirus

The city's curfew remains in effect to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus: Local business updates

This is your one-stop-shop to find updates from local businesses about any changes they are making amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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Governor: Cities can ban dine-in service at restaurants

Governor Tate Reeves issued a supplement to his executive order this week that allows cities and counties to ban dine-in service at restaurants as part of the effort to combat the coronavirus.

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Man from Jackson area is sixth coronavirus death

The state reported its sixth death Thursday morning; a man from central Mississippi died.

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MSDH, UMMC opening two mobile coronavirus testing sites in Clarksdale, Olive Branch

The state health department is opening two testing sites for one day only: one in Coahoma and one in DeSoto counties.

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Starkville restaurants continue to ban inside dining

Many restaurant managers and owners in Starkville said they would rather be safe than sorry when it comes to health.

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Local communities make moves concerning coronavirus

Leaders in some Northeast Mississippi cities took steps to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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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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List of coronavirus deaths in Mississippi

Here is a quick guide to the number of deaths from the coronavirus in the state of Mississippi.

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Mississippi eases graduation and third-grade rules for virus

Education leaders in the state eased graduation and other rules as schools combat the coronavirus.

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Webster County man among five coronavirus deaths in Mississippi

The Mississippi State Department of Health said a man from Webster County is among five people in Mississippi who died from the coronavirus.

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Mississippi reports second coronavirus death

Another person has died from the coronavirus in Mississippi.

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Mississippi governor bans most gatherings of 10 or more

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.

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5 truck drivers share what it's like to haul critical supplies during a pandemic

Working from home isn't an option for many retail workers across the country who risk exposure to Covid-19. CNN asked them to share their stories with us. Here's what they told us. Watch the latest videos on Covid-19. 

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At least 13 crew members evacuated as cruise ships carrying people with flu-like symptoms sail off Florida

A cruise ship with 77 people experiencing flu-like symptoms aboard is heading to Florida and is expected to dock next week.

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Crocs donating its shoes to healthcare workers

Dr. Rodrigo Kong and Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo react to a photo of New York City nurses using garbage bags as personal protective equipment.

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Wealthy real estate developers like Trump score a huge tax break in the stimulus bill

The Senate approved a historic, $2 trillion stimulus package to provide a jolt to an economy reeling from the coronavirus pandemic. CNN's Cristina Alesci reports.

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The bill for saving the world economy is $7 trillion and rising

A record number of Americans filed for their first week of unemployment benefits, as businesses shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. CNN's Christine Romans reports.

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Unemployed workers battle application process

District 5 State Senator Daniel Sparks provides tips for filing for unemployment.

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Sharing the Tupelo spirit

A local pediatrician is working to spread the Tupelo spirit she received.

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Changes made to Tupelo's executive order

Tupelo city council made changes to the city's executive order after Gov. Reeves issued his new guidelines for slowing the spread of coronavirus.

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Oxford mom describes coronavirus recovery - WLOX

A woman spoke with WLOX-TV in Biloxi about her sickness and how she's recovering.

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Tupelo now under stay-at-home order to prevent coronavirus spread

Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton imposed a stay-at-home order that went into effect early Sunday to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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List of events canceled or postponed due to coronavirus

WTVA will update this list as more announcements are made.

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Nominate a Hometown Hero

WTVA originally sought nominees who are helping others during the COVID-19 outbreak. However, we are now seeking heroes in general.

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WTVA 9 News Town Hall: Doctor answers your questions about coronavirus

The doctor answered some of your questions about the coronavirus.

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Lafayette Schools providing grab-n-go meals

The school district, along with others in north Mississippi, is providing lunches for children.

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Report: 90-year-old Mississippi man died of coronavirus, Louisiana Dept. of Health confirms

According to reports, a Mississippi man died from the coronavirus in Baton Rouge.

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A baby is in isolation after an Alabama NICU nurse tested positive for coronavirus, family says

When Brandon Waltman went to visit his newborn baby girl in the neonatal intensive care unit of an Alabama hospital Monday night, he was told she had been pl...

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Mississippi, Texas and Ohio move to limit abortion as part of coronavirus response

President Donald Trump said he wants the nation "opened up and just raring to go by Easter." Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci gives his take at the coronavirus task force briefing.

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Oxford Schools allowing access to Wi-Fi

The Oxford School District is allowing students and the public to use the district’s free Wi-Fi at its schools.

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Hatley take measures to prevent spread of coronavirus

Town employees have been told to limit face-to-face meetings with the public as much as possible.

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CDF provides SBA tutorial for businesses impacted by coronavirus outbreak

The video provides advice and guidance to small businesses in the wake of the coronavirus.

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Curfew in place to prevent coronavirus in Verona

The Board of Aldermen met Tuesday, March 24 and declared a state of emergency.

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Alabama Governor: No plans for a statewide shelter in place order

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said Tuesday that she has no plans to issue a statewide “shelter in place" order to combat the coronavirus, although the state's largest city has directed city residents to stay at home.

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Mississippi sets more limits amid virus, no stay-home order

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves is issuing 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.

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Sherman town leaders ask residents to stay home

This measure will go into effect Tuesday night at midnight and continue until 11:59 p.m. March 31

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Okolona, Chickasaw County enact curfews

Leaders with the city and county enacted curfews to fight the coronavirus.

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City leaders in West Point pass emergency measure to fight coronavirus

This emergency measure is in effect now and will remain in effect until city leaders cancel it.

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Bruce implements curfew to curb coronaivrus

The curfew, which is now in effect, runs from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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Amory restricts some businesses in response to coronavirus

The mayor and Board of Aldermen passed the ordinance on Monday, March 23.

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Schools, groups providing lunches to students amid school closures

Updated - With schools closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus, many children are in need of lunches.

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Oxford issues stay-at-home resolution to prevent spread of coronavirus

The order is in effect until at least April 6.

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Starkville issues restrictions to combat coronavirus

The resolution is in effect and will remain in effect until further notice.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics postponed until 2021 over coronavirus concerns

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach agreed Tuesday to postpone the Olympics until 2021.

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Columbus AFB has its first coronavirus case

Columbus Air Force Base said Monday a government civilian tested positive for the coronavirus.

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VIDEO: Blue Springs family makes mask to help health care professionals

Ashley Hankins and her daughters are trying to help out healthcare professionals by providing masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Blue Springs family makes mask to help health care professionals

Ashley Hankins and her daughters are trying to help out healthcare professionals by providing mask during the COVID - 19 Pandemic.

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Tupelo mayor stresses cooperation to combat coronavirus

Shelton imposed a stay-at-home order that went into effect early Sunday to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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Meal distribution begins at Houston Upper Elementary School

The Houston School District has started a grab and go lunch program because of closures prompted by the coronavirus.

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NEMCC to move to online instruction for remainder of spring semester

Northeast Mississippi Community College is helping to stem the spread of COVID-19 by restricting instruction to online delivery.

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Vardaman declares curfew to stop spread of coronavirus

The town in Calhoun County declared a curfew to protect people from the spread of the coronavirus.

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People in Fulton ordered to stay home unless traveling to select locations

The City of Fulton issued an executive order placing restrictions on some businesses and entities.

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MTD stops manufacturing operations in Tupelo facility amid coronavirus

The company closed its manufacturing operations as the spread of the coronavirus continues.

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Pontotoc issues restrictions on businesses

Pontotoc issued restrictions to businesses as the spread of the coronavirus reaches across Mississippi.

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Tupelo issued order to stop auction after crowd appeared at Furniture Market

Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton issued an executive order to shut down an auction Saturday at the Tupelo Furniture Market, an event that attracted a crowd and triggered outrage on social media.

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Columbus implements curfew and puts restrictions on businesses, other gatherings

City leaders announced these changes Saturday, March 21 to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

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Cooper Tire temporarily closing Tupelo plant

Cooper Tire and Rubber, one of Lee County's top employers, will temporarily close its plant in Tupelo as well as plants across the country and in Mexico because of the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus triggers change to state jobless benefits

Governor Tate Reeves signed an order Saturday that will change unemployment benefits because of the coronavirus.

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State recommends all Mississippi restaurants, bars suspend dine-in service now

The Mississippi State Department of Health recommended Friday all Mississippi restaurants and bars suspend dine-in service immediately.

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REPORT: Three patients at Columbus hospital tested positive for coronavirus

Three patients at Baptist Memorial Hospital-G olden Triangle tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a published report.

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Houston imposes citywide curfew to curb coronavirus

The city's leaders agreed to impose a curfew as the number of coronavirus cases rise in Mississippi.

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Hong Kong appeared to have the coronavirus under control, then it let its guard down

As the number of novel coronavirus cases slows to a trickle within China but continues to soar outside, Chinese authorities are stepping up measures to prevent a surge in cross-border infections. CNN's David Culver reports.

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Self-isolation, quarantine and California's stay-at-home order: What the terms mean and how they differ

Some Bay Area localities have issued shelter-in-place orders. Is it okay to go outside, if you avoid crowds? What precautions should you take?

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As governments limit nonessential travel, what becomes essential?

On March 18, President Donald Trump announced the Canada and US border would close to non-essential travel out of "mutual consent." CNN's Sara Sidner reports

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From weddings to funerals, the coronavirus is canceling life's biggest moments and leaving families heartbroken

COVID-19 is restricting group gatherings, forcing couples to cancel their weddings—and strangling the small businesses that make them possible.

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Elderly woman gets to see her dog while under quarantine

Being stuck inside amid the coronavirus outbreak, an elderly woman requested to see her dog.

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Mississippi reports first coronavirus death

A man from south Mississippi is the state's first death from the coronavirus.

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State health department confirms coronavirus case in Tippah County

Tippah County has a case of the coronavirus, the MSDH confirmed Thursday.

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MSDH confirms coronavirus case in Lafayette County

Lafayette County has its first case of the coronavirus, the MSDH confirmed.

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Mississippi governor closes public schools until April 17

The governor is shutting down schools in Mississippi as the number of coronavirus cases rise in the state.

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Food pantry in Tupelo plans to be open as long as possible

The public was invited to grab food and groceries from the St. Luke food pantry in Tupelo.

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Coronavirus Precaution: Lee County Courthouse closed to public

Updated - A man entered the courthouse to buy a car tag and told employees he took his wife to the hospital because she might have the coronavirus.

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Mississippi researchers working on another coronavirus test

UMMC leaders said doctors and researchers are working to develop a test for the coronavirus.

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Starkville clinic offering drive-up testing for coronavirus

The Huxford Clinic is near the OCH Regional Hospital

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Fact vs. Fiction: How much do you know about coronavirus?

It's important to make sure you are well informed about the coronavirus. Separate fact from fiction here.

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Oxford aldermen shut down restaurant, bar dining areas for 15 days

Aldermen in Oxford voted Tuesday to shut down restaurant and bar dining areas for 15 days as part of the effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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Lee County Schools to hand out free meals to children

As schools remain closed across Mississippi, the Lee County School District is among many who are helping children who would normally be fed at school.

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Attorney: Mississippi jails not prepared for virus pandemic

An attorney said Mississippi's jails are not prepared to handle a coronavirus outbreak.

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Tupelo Schools offering free meals to children as schools remain closed

Tupelo Schools' drive-thru program will help children who would normally receive daily meals at schools.

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These states have some of the most drastic restrictions to combat the spread of coronavirus

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has rocked the hospitality and service industries, abruptly leaving thousands across the country with no income. CNN's Jason Carroll reports.

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A Navy hospital ship will head to New York to help handle coronavirus outbreak

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls for the Army Corps of Engineers to assist the state in building thousands of hospital beds for the expected growing number of coronavirus patients in the coming weeks.

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Tupelo city leaders discuss a work plan amid coronavirus

Tupelo city leaders met Tuesday night to discuss a work plan in the wake of coronavirus.

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Okolona makes change to payment collection process

Okolona is changing the way it collects utility payments to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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Oktibbeha County supervisors sign emergency declaration for coronavirus

Oktibbeha County signed the emergency declaration as the threat of coronavirus grows in Mississippi.

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Tupelo leaders approve emergency declaration because of coronavirus

The Tupelo City Council approved an emergency declaration Monday as the city, the state and the country try to deal with the impact of the coronavirus.

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Dollar General announces first hour dedicated to seniors

Dollar General is dedicating first hour of each shopping day to senior shoppers.

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MSDH recommends medical facilities cancel or delay unnecessary or non-essential visits and/or elective procedures

The state health department provided more recommendations to clinics, hospitals and other medical facilities to avoid the spread of coronavirus.

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MedPlus Urgent Care offering coronavirus testing in Tupelo, Fulton

Anyone who needs to be tested for the coronavirus is urged to register on MedPlus’ website – MedPlusCares.com.

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First local coronavirus case found in Monroe County

The Mississippi State Department of Health reports the first coronavirus case in Northeast Mississippi.

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