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FRIDAY — Weekly COVID-19 trend is down from previous two weeks 

By ROSS REILY If this week is any indication, maybe the worst of COVID-19 has past Mississippi, at least for now. Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 65,436 after the Mississippi Department of Health reported 1,036 newly identified cases on Friday. After averaging nearly 1,300 cases a day for 15 days in July, the last seven ...

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THURSDAY — Good news is relative as COVID cases may be trending down

By ROSS REILY Just two months ago, no one would have believed that a week in which Mississippi was averaging 961 COVID-19 cases a day would be a good one. Yet, that is where we are. Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 64,400 after the Mississippi Department of Health reported 961 newly identified cases on Thursday. ...

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Mississippi schools not required to disclose COVID outbreaks

A Mississippi school district that has seen a handful of coronavirus cases among students since reopening for in-person classes last week is doing a good job of being transparent with the public, the governor and the state’s top health official said Wednesday. The Corinth School District has reported six cases since July 27. More than 100 students are quarantined, according ...

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WEDNESDAY — COVID cases ninth highest since virus struck state

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 63,444 after the Mississippi Department of Health reported 1,245 newly identified cases on Wednesday. Officials continue to look for an easing in climbing cases and the last five days had seen fewer than 1,200 cases each day. However, today’s 1,245 cases was the ninth highest (see chart below) ...

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State health officer issues immediate statewide order 

On Tuesday, State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs MD, MPH, issued a statewide order for the Isolation of Individuals Diagnosed with COVID-19 effective immediately. The Order – issued to everyone living in Mississippi – stipulates that anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 must immediately isolate at home. Dobbs  explains, “We have a lot of COVID activity throughout the state right now,  so it is ...

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TUESDAY — Numbers tick back up again with cases over 1,000 and more than 40 deaths

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 61,186 after the Mississippi Health Department reported a 1,074 newly identified cases on Tuesday. After four consecutive days on falling numbers, cases rose back over 1,000 but less than the 1,500 averages from the previous couple of weeks. Also, hospitalizations are down a tick at 968 from ...

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Fellowship-trained joint replacement surgeon joins SBJ

Jacob Folse, M.D., fellowship-trained joint replacement orthopaedic surgeon, has joined Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. in Hattiesburg. Folse received his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Louisiana State University, his medical degree from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. He completed an internship in Greenville, S.C. and an orthopaedic residency at University of Mississippi Medical Center. He completed his ...

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MONDAY — A new week brings lower numbers, at least for one day

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 60,147 after the Mississippi Health Department reported a single-day high of 572 newly identified cases on Monday. It is the second consecutive day Mississippi has had less than 1,000 cases Also, hospitalizations are down a tick at 968 from the high of 989 on Sunday, but they ...

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Memorial Physician Clinics welcomes cardiologist Umair Malik

Memorial Physician Clinics welcomes Umair Malik, MD, in the practice of Cardiology at Memorial Coast Heart Institute, 4215 15th St., Gulfport. Dr. Malik completed his internal medicine residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. He then completed a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis; followed by a fellowship in interventional cardiology at the Medical ...

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Delta Regional Medical Center welcomes Brett Zepponi

Delta Regional Medical Center has announced the addition of Brett Zepponi, D.O, Family Medicine. Dr. Zepponi received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Hattiesburg, MS.  He completed his family residency program at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS. Prior to attending William Carey University, Dr. Zepponi graduated from Mississippi College with a ...

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