covid

MSDH confirms 14th pediatric COVID death

The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming its 14th pediatric COVID death and the first of this year. State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers says the latest death, a child…

4 Mississippi judges tapped to help with backlog of cases

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Four former circuit court judges will help handle a backlog of criminal cases that have accumulated in Mississippi’s largest county during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph appointed Stephen B. Simpson of…

At-home COVID tests available at county health departments

Starting Monday, free at-home COVID-19 tests will be available at all Mississippi county health departments. Each family can receive eight tests (four packages) of BinaxNOW antigen rapid self-tests per month. No doctor’s note or documentation of any kind is necessary.…

Shuckers, Biscuits postpone tonight's game at MGM Park

The Biloxi Shuckers and Montgomery Biscuits game scheduled for tonight was postponed after members of the Montgomery organization tested positive for Covid. The teams are following Minor League Baseball’s health and safety protocols. The Shuckers and Biscuits will continue to…

WHO: Nearly 15 million deaths associated with COVID-19

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 15 million people were killed either by coronavirus or by its impact on overwhelmed health systems during the first two years of the pandemic, more than double the current official…

Hospital group: Mississippi nurses are leaving in droves

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi hospital association is sounding the alarm over nursing vacancies. There are nearly 3,000 registered nurse vacancies in Mississippi, The Clarion Ledger reported. The exodus of nurses is adding further strain on hospitals striving to find care…

Hancock house floats return

Back for round two, Hancock House Floats will again be awarding prize money to the Hancock County residence and business with the best purple, gold, and green decorations. The contest, which began last…

George County to go to virtual learning Friday due to COVID

George County School District has announced that the schools will be conducting virtual learning Friday. An announcement from Superintendent Wade Whitney Jr. said that because of an increase in the number of positive COVID tests in the community and schools,…

Mississippi COVID-19 hospitalizations rise as cases spread

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Hospitalizations for COVID-19 continue rising rapidly in Mississippi as new cases proliferate. The state Health Department reported Monday that 695 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 were hospitalized Sunday. That is up from 265 hospitalized two weeks earlier, on Dec.…

Memorial closes walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics

Due to increased demand in COVID-19 testing, Memorial Hospital at Gulfport will be closing its walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics as of 5 p.m. today. The clinics, located in Biloxi at 189 C Wal Mart Lane, and in Bay St. Louis…

Mississippi surpasses 10,000 coronavirus-related deaths

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The state of Mississippi has surpassed 10,000 coronavirus-related deaths, health officials reported Monday. The Mississippi State Department of Health reported that 10,024 people have died of COVID-19 or its complications in the state, which has a…