pandemic

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 reports jump in COVID cases over 5 days

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting more than 7,000 new COVID-19 cases over a five-day period. The department posted new numbers Monday, covering cases confirmed from Wednesday through Sunday. The state is seeing a significant increase…

US adds Merck pill as 2nd easy-to-use drug against COVID-19

By MATTHEW PERRONE WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators on Thursday authorized the second pill against COVID-19, providing another easy-to-use medication to battle the rising tide of omicron infections. The Food and Drug Administration authorization of Merck’s molnupiravir comes one…

Mississippi public universities nix staff vaccine mandates

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi public universities are withdrawing policies requiring employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 after an injunction from a federal judge prohibiting the Biden administration from enforcing its vaccination mandate for federal contractors. Spokespersons for the University…