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Mississippi gov says he should have worn mask at funeral

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Thursday that because of the coronavirus pandemic, he should have worn a mask during a funeral a day earlier where hundreds of law enforcement officers gathered to honor a Simpson County deputy sheriff killed in the line of duty. “I did have a mask. It was in my pocket. I should have put it on,” Reeves ...

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Bill proposes Mississippi center to boost rural telehealth

A bill headed to Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves would establish a center focused on increasing training opportunities, business development and Telehealth services in the state’s rural healthcare system. House Public Health Committee Chairman Sam Mims is a sponsor of House Bill 94. He said Wednesday that lawmakers hope federal coronavirus relief money can help fund the Mississippi Center for Rural ...

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White lawmaker likens abortion limits to civil rights issue

A white Republican lawmaker invoked the name of a black civil rights leader Wednesday as the Mississippi Senate advanced a bill to ban abortion based on the race, sex or genetic anomalies of a fetus. The bill is expected to go soon to Republican Gov. Tate Reeves, who favors more limits on abortion in a state that already has some ...

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Mississippi sees jump in virus after lifting restrictions

Mississippi reported one of its largest single-day increases in cases of the new coronavirus on Wednesday, more than two weeks after Republican Gov. Tate Reeves lifted most of the restrictions he had put on businesses because of the pandemic. “I’m concerned that people are losing interest in the effort to keep each other safe,” Reeves said Wednesday on Twitter. “We are all ...

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Mississippi doctor gets 4 years in health care fraud scheme

A federal judge has sentenced a Mississippi doctor to four years in prison for his role in a health care fraud scheme. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Tuesday that U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett handed down the sentence against Dr. Shahjahan Sultan, 38, of Madison, and ordered him to pay restitution of $4.1 million to Express Scripts, $582,280 to CVS ...

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Injuries could be more plentiful as workouts ramp up amid COVID-19

By NASH NUNNERY Will Ball is more than ready for an end to the coronavirus pandemic. Since March 13, the director of sports medicine and development for Rush Hospital Systems has spent 14-hour days screening patients and guests before they enter the Meridian hospital. The affable Ball would rather be lending his vast expertise in sports medicine to the 30-plus ...

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There are safe options for healthcare at hospitals and clinics

By BECKY GILLETTE Avoiding clinics, emergency rooms and hospitals because of the fear of catching the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a potentially deadly choice. The Mississippi Hospital Association (MHA) and Mississippi State Medical Association (MSMA) have recently started a campaign called Prepared to Care aimed at letting people in the state know there is a wide range of safe ...

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Avoidance of receiving timely medical care more dangerous than COVID-19 exposure

By BECKY GILLETTE Some people, particularly those who are older, may be more afraid of catching the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) than they are of dying from a heart attack or stroke. Rates of hospitalizations for heart failure at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) were down as much as 80 percent at one point falling after the state ...

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NMMC nurses attain five emergency nursing certifications

Lifelong learning is key to staying on top of one’s chosen field. In Mississippi, only two nurses have successfully completed all five emergency nursing certification exams, and both work for North Mississippi Medical Center. Among their credentials, Bill Malone and Javier Tiscareno can include Certified Emergency Nurse, Certified Flight Registered Nurse, Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse, Certified Transport Emergency Nurse and ...

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