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Mississippi gov extends statewide stay-home order amid virus

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Friday that he is extending his statewide stay-at-home order by one week to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The order has been in place since the evening of April 3, and it originally was set to expire Monday morning. The extension expires April 27. “We need one more week to break the ...

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Hospitals in Mississippi innovate for comprehensive COVID-19 response

By BECKY GILLETTE Hospitals in Mississippi have been proactive working to address the largest public health emergency in a little more than 100 years. Some of the innovative things medical providers have been doing in Mississippi to prepare for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) include the University of Mississippi Medical Center inventing a ventilator than can be built from $50 with ...

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Controversy about N95 masks puts Oxford doctor in the spotlight

By BECKY GILLETTE Baptist Health System, which has 22 hospitals in its system including several in Mississippi, is a regional leader in testing, diagnosing and treating COVID-19, said spokeswoman Ayoka Pond. “We have tested more patients than any other provider in our region,” Pond said. “We also can move patients to larger hospitals in our system if we need to. We ...

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THURSDAY — Mississippi reports 264 new cases of Coronavirus, 3,624 total with 7 new deaths

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 3,624 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 264 newly identified cases on Thursday morning. It is the 14th day in the last 16 that the single-day total has been more than 100 with four days of more than 200 (two consecutive) as the anticipated peak is still ...

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Being one of last states to be hit by COVID-19 helps Mississippi prepare

By BECKY GILLETTE It has often been said that Mississippi is last in everything, but in the case of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), being one of the last states to see the disease emerge has been a real benefit, said Dr. Claude D. Brunson, MD, executive director, Mississippi State Medical Association (MSMA). “The virus hit us later than areas ...

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UMMC professor invents $50 ventilator

By BECKY GILLETTE In the wake of worldwide shortages of ventilators needed to save lives during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a Mississippi medical school professor has invented a functional ventilator that can be built from commonly available supplies like a garden hose and lamp timer for about $50. The idea of Dr. Charles Robertson, an assistant professor of ...

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WEDNESDAY — Mississippi reports single-day high of 273 cases of Coronavirus, 11 new deaths

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 3,360 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 273 newly identified cases on Wednesday morning. It is the 13th day in the last 15 that the single-day total has been more than 100 with three days of more than 200 as the anticipated peak is still expected between ...

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TUESDAY — Mississippi reports single-day high of 13 deaths, 145 new cases of Coronavirus, 3,087 total

By ROSS REILY Mississippi hit three new milestones Tuesday morning as Coronavirus deaths topped 100, total cases surged over 3,000 and a new single-day high of deaths (13) was announced. Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 3,087 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 145 newly identified cases on Tuesday morning. It is the 12th day in ...

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MONDAY — Mississippi reports 2 more deaths, 161 new cases of Coronavirus, 2,942 total

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 2,942 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 161 newly identified cases on Monday morning. It is the 11th day in the last 13 that the single-day total has been more than 100 with two days of more than 200 as the anticipated peak is still later this ...

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Methodist O&P in Flowood answers call to create face shields during COVID-19 crisis

By SUSAN CHRISTENSEN / Health and Research News Service Most days, the staff at Methodist Orthotics & Prosthetics in Flowood focuses on building prosthetic limbs and orthopedic braces. Now, they’re also creating personal protective gear for workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis. It all started when Mark Adams, the CEO of Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson, saw a YouTube ...

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