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Courts carry on, even in a pandemic

By LYNN LOFTON As in every facet of current life, the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the way the  state’s court system conducts business. Beginning in mid March, the Mississippi Supreme Court has issued emergency administrative orders pertaining to court operations, appropriate steps to protect public heath and safety, the release of pre-trial detainees, and authorization for  trial judges to delay ...

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LYNN LOFTON — A personal look at this pandemic

Okay, so yes, this coronavirus is serious business and we’re all scared ’cause we’ve never seen anything like it before. But hello, there are some sort of nutty things about the reaction that I don’t understand. Like this thing about buying up all the toilet paper. What’s that about? It’s one of the few things that doesn’t come from China, ...

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Report: South epicenter for H1N1 flu

More than 99 percent of specimens tested for influenza were positive for H1N1 over approximately the past 11 months, according to a report released from Quest Diagnostics Inc. And, it finds that the South is the epicenter for the disease. The Quest Diagnostics Health Trends Report suggests that H1N1 “crowded out” other influenza viruses to be the dominant flu virus ...

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State scores high in emergency preparedness

The seventh-annual “Ready or Not? Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism” report, released by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), found that the H1N1 flu outbreak has exposed serious underlying gaps in the nation’s ability to respond to public health emergencies and that the economic crisis is straining an already ...

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Swine flu vaccine now available to all

JACKSON — The 2009 H1N1 (swine flu) injectable and nasal mist vaccine is now available to the general public, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH). Both the injectable vaccine and the nasal mist vaccine are free at all county health departments. Some private providers and pharmacies also have the 2009 H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine available. So far, ...

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H1N1 flu vaccine available to priority groups

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) announces the availability of the 2009 H1N1 (swine flu) injectable vaccine to all designated priority groups. The groups are pregnant women, children six months through 24 years of age, those living with or caring for an infant less than six months of age, healthcare and emergency medical services providers and ...

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USDA confirms flu in state fair pig

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) has confirmed the presence of 2009 pandemic H1N1 influenza virus in a pig sample collected at the Minnesota State Fair submitted by the University of Minnesota. Additional samples are being tested. “We have fully engaged our trading partners to remind them that several international organizations, including the ...

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Senators: Pork producers need help

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has joined a bipartisan effort to encourage Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to take action to support the U.S. pork industry that has been hit hard by declining sales due, in part, to being wrongly associated with the H1N1 influenza virus. Cochran, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, has signed a letter to Vilsack ...

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Swine flu count nears 900

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports the latest number of confirmed cases of Novel H1N1 (swine) flu at 898 in Mississippi with seven deaths, the most recent a Jones County adult female. Previous deaths were a male child in Jackson County reported July 25; a female child in Hancock County reported Aug. 29; an adult ...

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H1N1 swine flu guide released

WASHINGTON — U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) administrator Karen Mills and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announce the availability of a preparedness guide designed to assist small businesses in planning for the possibility of an H1N1 flu outbreak this fall. Outbreaks of H1N1 flu are occurring now across the country and will likely coincide with the return of ...

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