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SUNDAY — Mississippi has 67 news cases of COVID-19, 207 total

Mississippi had its biggest one-day total of Coronavirus cases reported Saturday with 67. Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 207 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 67 newly identified cases on Sunday morning, including Bolivar 1, Chickasaw 2, Copiah 2, Coahoma 2, DeSoto 5, Forrest 6, Franklin 1, Grenada 1, Harrison 5, Hinds 6, Holmes 3, ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — ‘Maybe we’ll realize that we are better together’

As we hunker down in fear of the coronavirus, not all must be gloom and doom. The wonderful Facebook blog “Motherhood and Muffin Tops,” written by my wife’s cousin Joni Miller, last week provided us with an enlightening perspective. Here are key excerpts from her poignant blog entitled “A Time to Embrace and a Time to Refrain from Embracing.” “I ...

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SATURDAY — Mississippi has 60 new COVID-19 cases, 140 total

Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 140 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 60 newly identified cases on Saturday morning, including Attala 1, Clay 1, Coahoma 2, DeSoto 9, Forrest 1, Franklin 1, George 1, Grenada 1, Hancock 1, Harrison 2, Hinds 7, Itawamba 3, Jackson 2, Lafayette 1, Leake 1, Lee 4, Lincoln 4, Madison ...

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Drive-up virus test site to open on Mississippi fairgrounds

A drive-through testing center for the coronavirus will open Tuesday on the Mississippi State Fairgrounds in Jackson, but it is by appointment only and people will need to answer questions to be screened for an appointment, health officials said Friday. Other drive-through centers are already operating in some parts of the state, including Tupelo, Philadelphia and Batesville. The testing site ...

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Casinos offline means loss of $35.7 million to state over three months

By LYNN LOFTON The coronavirus pandemic has done what heretofore only hurricanes and floods have done: closed Mississippi’s 26 state-regulated casinos. The State Gaming Commission ordered the temporary closing to begin at midnight on March 16. To date, officials do not know when they will reopen. With the casinos shuttered, more than 19,000 employees are out of work and the ...

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THE QUIET CRISIS — Opioid use and abuse have resulted in widespread deaths, costs across the nation 

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi has suffered the impact of the overprescribing and abuse of opioids for relief of pain – which has become a major health and fiscal crisis across the country. While the world is bracing itself for the possibility of an epidemic of the coronavirus, the opioid crisis has been established for years. It has done so in ...

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FRIDAY — Mississippi reports 80 total cases of Coronavirus

Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 80 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 30 newly identified cases on Friday morning, including Adams 1, Coahoma 1, DeSoto 2, Franklin 1, Hancock 1, Harrison 1, Hinds 1, Holmes 2, Humphreys 1, Jackson 1, Lafayatte 1, Lawrence 1, Lee 1, Leflore 3, Madison 2, Marshall 1, Monroe 1, Pike ...

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MSDH: Elective surgical procedures must be rescheduled

The Mississippi State Department of Health has said that given the ongoing spread of COVID-19 in Mississippi and the shortage of protective medical equipment, elective medical procedures and non-essential medical visits must be postponed at this time. The following measures should be taken: · Physician, hospitals and medical centers must defer elective surgical and diagnostic procedures until COVID-19 spread has ...

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Mississippi schools closed until mid-April to slow virus

Mississippi public schools will be closed until at least April 17 to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, Gov. Tate Reeves said Thursday. He said schools will continue to receive state money and teachers will continue to be paid. He said he wants students to continue learning. “This is not a time to take a vacation,” Reeves said in ...

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THURSDAY — Mississippi reports 50 total cases of Coronavirus

Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 50 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 16 newly identified cases on Thursday morning, including DeSoto 1, Forrest 1, Harrison 3, Holmes 1, Jackson 1, Jones 1, Pearl River 3, Smith 1, Waltham 1, Wilkinson 1, Winston 1 and Yazoo 1. Cumulatively thus far, Pearl River County has the most ...

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