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COVID-19 in Mississippi: What You Need to Know

Important information about the spread of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, and what you can do to stay safe.

Politics

COVID-19 Curve Still Rising in Mississippi With 181 New Cases, 3 Deaths

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Mississippi saw its biggest increase in novel coronavirus cases in a single 24-hour period today with 181 new cases and 3 deaths for a total. The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting 1,358 Mississippians diagnosed with COVID-19 as of April 2.

State

Mississippi Withholds Some Health Prep Info About Virus, Including Ventilators

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Mississippi residents are unlikely to find out how many ventilators are available in the state to respond to the coronavirus pandemic because the Health Department is withholding that information.

Tate Reeves' Executive Order 1466: Statewide Shelter-In-Place

Signed version of Executive Order 1466

Tate Reeves' 3/24/20 Executive Order 1466

Executive Order 1466

City & County

Mayor Lumumba: Jackson Police Will Enforce Strong Stay-at-Home Order

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Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba stood before reporters in front of City Hall to both get tough with violators of his first executive order and to announce a detailed lockdown of the capital city, except for businesses and operations deemed essential, ahead of a state-wide lockdown.

State

Governor Does About-Face, Issues Statewide ‘Shelter In Place’ For Mississippi

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In an overnight about-face, Gov. Tate Reeves signed a long-awaited executive order today closing non-essential businesses and directing all Mississippians to shelter at home between Friday, April 3, and Monday, April 20, to help lessen the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Politics

OPINION: Suspending Housing Costs is a Moral and Economic Imperative

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University of Mississippi sociology professor and columnist James M. Thomas writes that Gov. Tate Reeves should do far more to help allay housing costs as workers are forced to stay home to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

State

BREAKING: Governor Reeves Issues 'Shelter-in-Place' Order Effective Friday at 5 p.m.

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JACKSON — Today, Governor Tate Reeves signed a new executive order establishing a statewide shelter-in-place for Mississippi to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of all who call our state home.

City & County

Cheat Sheet for Mayor Lumumba's 'Stay at Home' Executive Order to Combat COVID-19

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To further combat the spread of COVID-19 in the City of Jackson, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued a Stay at Home Order, effective April 3, 2020, directing all Jackson residents to stay at home and limit movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs.

Politics

Reeves to Issue Shelter-in-Place as COVID-19 Cases Swell to 1,073 in Mississippi

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Gov. Tate Reeves is expected to become one of the last governors in the U.S. to issue a statewide shelter-at-home order for the next two weeks after a reassessment of the current piecemeal lockdown strategy.

City & County

Mayoral Proclamation of Executive Order Requiring Individuals to Stay at Home and Practice Social Distancing Requirements

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Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba released an executive order requiring individuals to stay at home and practice social distancing requirements.

Politics

COVID-19: Can Mississippi Imitate South Korea?

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As COVID-19 has spread across the globe, the primary fear of observers worldwide is the threat of collapse of the health-care system. More severe infections than a state’s intensive-care units have the capacity to treat will dramatically increase the risk of death.

Crime

Local Jails, Prisons a Petri Dish for COVID-19?

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Prisoner advocates describe the COVID-19 situation as a ticking time bomb in Mississippi, where 19,000 people are serving sentences behind state prison bars and 5,200 people languish for months or years in county jails

Politics

Governor Orders ‘Shelter In Place’ For Lauderdale as Virus Affects 76 Counties

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Largely due to rapid localized spread of COVID-19 over several days, Gov. Tate Reeves signed an executive order today laying down a shelter-in-place order for Lauderdale County, which includes the city of Meridian, “and each and every one of the municipalities therein,” the governor said.

Editor's Note

EDITOR'S NOTE: A Silver Lining to the COVID-19 Crisis

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"Be present in your feelings right now and take time to look within and unpack when you’re ready. It’s perfectly OK to slow down and not give into the perpetual pressure of always working to be better."

Cover

What is Social Distancing?

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Social distancing is more than just a single action. It is a different way of living. El distanciamiento social es mucho más que una acción: Es una manera diferente de vivir.

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COVID-19 Testing Centers

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The Jackson Free Press has gathered a listing of COVID-19 Testing Centers.

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CDC Recommended Guidelines to Stay Safe During COVID-19 Crisis

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With COVID-19 continuing to run rampant in our state and in our country, the Centers for Disease Control has issued recommendations for preventative measures people can take to keep themselves and others as safe and as healthy as possible.

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JXN MS Mobile Meals Dispatch

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The Jackson COVID-19 Community Food and Aid Coalition is a collaboration of local groups that formed a food dispatch and delivery service to support the most vulnerable residents in Jackson, including elders and children, by supplying weekly food supplies during this quarantine period.

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Tackling Food Insecurity in the Capital City

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While we are collectively concerned over what COVID-19 means for the immediate future, locally and globally, Jacksonians with surrounding businesses and organizations are standing together, working hard and endeavoring to make sure no child or family in need goes hungry.

Business

Filing for Unemployment Benefits

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The Mississippi Department of Employee Security has modified its existing unemployment compensation rules, allowing Mississippi workers who are not able to work due to COVID-19 to be eligible to file for unemployment benefits.

Cover

Online Streaming Events

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Some organizations and individuals have started hosting online events to help give people some fun and social reprieve even whilst taking refuge at home.

OPINION: Amid COVID-19 Crisis, U.S. Must Heal All the Wounds that Got Us Here

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As the U.S. reels from the effects of COVID-19, we are faced with a stark reality: We were desperately and woefully unprepared for a crisis.

City & County

Mayor Warns Businesses Violating Orders, Calls for Consistent Statewide, National Policies

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Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba talked tough Monday to people and businesses violating his executive orders in the capital city, and calling for more consistent statewide and national orders.

Business

Fallout of Tate Reeves’ Executive Order: Department Store Roulette, Scared Associates

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The concrete shopping jungle known as Dogwood Festival Market looked as much like a ghost town as it could as the sun started to set on a warm spring Saturday afternoon.

Politics

Monday, March 30: 847 Detected Cases of COVID-19 in State, Total Tested Roughly 8,000

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The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 89 new cases of COVID-19 across the state today, up to 847 from 758 yesterday.

MABUS: Gov. Reeves Must Immediately Invoke Statewide Shelter-in-Place Order

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COVID19 is not a hoax. It doesn’t care if you are a Democrat or Republican or if you live in China or Italy or Mississippi.

City & County

OPINION: Coronavirus Is Not an Excuse to Drop Church-State Separation

I'm for praying. I'm not a church guy and I'm not a wear-religion-on-my-sleeve guy. Sundays are my own (when I'm not writing opinion pieces) and a lot of my spiritual practice is spent in meditation and mindfulness. But I grew up in the Southern Baptist church, and when I pray, I pray in Jesus' name.

Health Care

Sunday, March 29: MSDH Reports 95 New COVID-19 Cases, 1 New Death, Up to 74 Counties

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The MSDH added 95 reported cases of COVID-19 for a new total of 758 in Mississippi. New counties reporting cases are Carroll, Claiborne and Warren, bringing to the total number of counties reporting cases to 74 of 82.

Health Care

MSDH Announces 'South Korea' Strategy, Governor Clarifies Executive Order

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The time for playing defense against COVID-19 is over, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs declared Thursday in front of the governor’s mansion in downtown Jackson.

National

Trump Adds 30 Days to Distancing Guidelines, Gives Up on 'Reopening' By Easter

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President Donald Trump is extending the voluntary national shutdown for a month as sickness and death from the coronavirus pandemic rise in the U.S.

State

Saturday, March 28: COVID-19 Cases in 71 Mississippi Counties, Total 663 with 13 Deaths

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Today’s coronavirus numbers are in for Mississippi, leaving very few counties on the map in white, denoting which of our 82 counties do not yet have an official confirmed case. Today, MSDH added 84 cases to bring the total to 663 with 13 deaths. Of 82 counties, 71 now are reporting at least one case of COVID-19.

City & County

City's COVID-19 Limits on Groups, Restaurants Remain; $40 Million Bond Vote Ahead

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Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba reiterated to Jackson residents Thursday that the City of Jackson’s ban on gatherings of 10 or more people and limitations on local restaurant operations, as part of efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, are still in place.

City & County

JPD Officer Tests Positive for COVID-19; No More Jail for Misdemeanors

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A Jackson Police Department officer has tested positive for COVID-19, Police Chief James E. Davis confirmed in a press conference today, where he also announced more safety protocols.

Editorial

EDITORIAL: Gov. Reeves Needs to Take ‘Essential’ Seriously for COVID-19 Social Distancing

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What (Gov. Tate) Reeves still has not done, is follow the lead of states near and far by truly ordering only essential businesses and services to remain open. What Reeves did instead this past Tuesday has been a bona fide mess.

State

Restaurant Employee Relief Fund

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NRAEF set up the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund to help restaurant industry employees experiencing hardship in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

Health Care

108 New Cases of COVID-19, Largest Increase So Far

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As controversy swirls in Mississippi over Gov. Tate Reeves’ refusal to issue a “Shelter in Place” order, the state has 108 additional cases of COVID-19 as of yesterday, March 25, at 6 p.m.

State

Mississippi Jobless Claims Tough to File as Virus Ups Demand

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The Mississippi agency that handles claims for jobless benefits is getting 10 times the usual number of phone calls as people seek help amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Health Care

UMMC Begins In-House Testing for COVID-19

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The University of Mississippi Medical Center began performing in-house testing for COVID-19 Thursday, providing a major boost in the state’s ability to manage the pandemic.

Crime

Dr. Yusef Salaam of ‘Exonerated 5’: Jails, Prisons ‘Petri Dish’ for COVID-19

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Living under unusual, high-pressure circumstances and without access to adequate health care or nutrition has forced the nation’s prisoners to cultivate a kind of secret knowledge that others on the outside might not possess.

Health Care

UPDATE: Four Mississippi Men, One Woman Die from COVID-19 as State Cases Rise to 377

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Men from Holmes, Webster and Wilkinson counties and a woman from Tunica county are the second, third, fourth and fifth person to die from the coronavirus in the state, the Mississippi State Department of Health announced today.

State

Governor Orders Limited Gatherings, Declares Most Businesses 'Essential,' Supersedes Local Safety Efforts

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Gov. Tate Reeves signed an executive order early this evening expanding the bans on large public gatherings in Mississippi, while declaring most types of businesses “essential” and, thus, exempt from its provisions.

State

Gov. Tate Reeves Signs New Executive Order in Response to COVID-19 Spread

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Today, Governor Tate Reeves signed a new executive order to further ramp up the state's efforts to protect the health of Mississippians during the outbreak of COVID-19.

Health Care

Governor: Wait-and-See on State Lockdown Despite 71 New COVID-19 Cases

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Gov. Tate Reeves again rejected calls for a statewide lockdown at a press conference outside the governor’s mansion today in downtown Jackson, saying that “no expert had yet recommended” such an enforced quarantine.

Health Care

Rep. Palazzo: Rural Hospitals ‘On Brink’ of ‘Collapse,’ Need Relief Amid Pandemic

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Congress must assist rural hospitals in its upcoming bill aimed at blunting the economic devastation the coronavirus has wrought, Mississippi Congressman Steven Palazzo wrote in a letter to top U.S. House leaders on Tuesday.

State

Governor Rejects State Lockdown For COVID-19: ‘Mississippi's Never Going to Be China’

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Gov. Tate Reeves rejected calls today for a statewide shelter-at-home order, a measure of caution against the spread of COVID-19 being rapidly deployed next door in Louisiana, elsewhere in the United States and across the globe.

Politics

Governor Under Fire as COVID-19 Spreads, Testing Begins at Fairgrounds

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The Mississippi State Department of Health begins drive-thru testing today at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds, in partnership with the University of Mississippi Medical Center and wireless provider C-Spire.

Health Care

MSDH: List of COVID-19 Testing Centers Throughout Mississippi

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The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) will now be keeping an active list of local COVID-19 testing sites throughout the state.

State

Up 159% Up Since Friday, Mississippi COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise, Spread

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This weekend just saw its second huge spike in coronavirus cases in Mississippi, continuing to spread throughout the state and jumping to 207 cases today from a total of 140 Saturday and 80 on Friday.

State

Saturday, March 22: 60 New COVID-19 Cases in Mississippi, Spread Across Age Groups

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The Mississippi State Department of Health announced 60 new cases of COVID-19 this morning, March 21, bringing the statewide total to 140. The cases are mostly women and spread across adult age brackets.

City & County

More COVID-19 Testing Sites, Public and Private, Available in Jackson Area

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Mississippians will have access to a central COVID-19 testing location at the State Fairgrounds in Jackson starting Monday.

City & County

How Local Businesses are Handling COVID-19

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The COVID-19 outbreak is causing mass temporary closures of local businesses across the spectrum. Fortunately, plenty of those businesses have stepped up to help their employees and their communities in their own ways.

State

5 Ways To Support Your Salon During Uncertain Times

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COVID-19 is having a global impact on our daily lives, and it is becoming increasingly apparent that businesses are really starting to take a hit, particularly the service industry.

City & County

JPD Will Not Change Arrest Policy Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

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The Jackson Police Department is not making changes to its arrest protocols in the wake of COVID-19, even as other departments across the country are rethinking their own policing strategies in order to mitigate the spread of the infection at precincts and in overcrowded jails.

Food

MSDH: Restaurants, Bars Should 'Suspend Dine-In Service,' Everyone Should Skip Church, Weddings, Funerals

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The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) now recommends that all restaurants and bars suspend dine-in service in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19, effective immediately. This decision is consistent with the social distancing principles from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in line with actions taken by other states.

Health Care

Rankin, 10 Other Counties Join List of 80 Cases of COVID-19 in State, One Dead

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This morning, The Mississippi State Department of Health added 30 new cases to its daily roster of COVID-19 cases in the state, considered “presumptive” until the Centers for Disease Control confirms the positive tests.

Politics

Mississippi is Latest State to Delay Elections Amid Pandemic

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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves announced Friday that he is postponing the March 31 Republican primary runoff in the state's 2nd Congressional District because of the coronavirus. The new date is June 23.

State

MSDH News: Health Officials Confirm First Coronavirus Death in Mississippi

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Today the Mississippi State Department of Health reports the first death from coronavirus in Mississippi. The case was a male 60-65 years old from Hancock County with chronic underlying conditions.

Health Care

50 COVID-19 Cases Now as UMMC Works to Develop Own Test for 'Tidal Wave' Virus

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“We are ramping up all of our contingency planning to be prepared for a tidal wave of patients that we know is about to hit us,” UMMC Department of Emergency Chairman Dr. Alan Jones warned.

Cover

COVID-19 in Mississippi, Indepth: A Primer

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COVID-19 is here. And as the United States virtually shuts down amid fears of an overwhelmed health-care system and an unchecked pandemic, understanding the virus, its history, and how to mitigate its effects becomes an issue of national and local importance.

State

SBA Includes Warren County in Declaration of Disaster for the Region

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The Vicksburg Warren Chamber of Commerce announced today that Warren County was included in a Declaration of Disaster authorized by the Small Business Administration for the State of Louisiana.

State

UMMC Experts Offer Advice on Dealing with COVID-19 Stressors

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Take a step back and focus on what’s in your power, not what isn’t, experts at the University of Mississippi Medical Center say.

OPINION: Message from a COVID-19 Reporter: We Need Patience, Discipline, Fortitude

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Jackson Free Press reporter Nick Judin, who is reporting the seriousness of the growing coronavirus epidemic, warns to not take this moment in history for granted.

Crime

Hinds, D.A. Evaluating Release of Some Pretrial Detainees Due to COVID-19

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the country and globe, advocates warn of the unique health risks the easily contracted virus poses for the 19,000 people serving sentences inside Mississippi state prisons and the more than 5,200 people locked up and awaiting trial in county jails.

City & County

Mayoral Proclamation of Executive Order Prohibiting Gatherings of More Than 10 People

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Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba has issued an executive order banning gatherings of more than 10 people in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Politics

Governor Tate Reeves Requests Economic Disaster Declaration for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

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Yesterday, Governor Tate Reeves requested a disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to aid small businesses and their employees being impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Education

Mississippi Schools Closed Until Mid-April to Slow Virus

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Mississippi public schools will be closed until at least April 17 to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, Gov. Tate Reeves said Thursday.

State

Delta, North Mississippi Hit Hardest by 13 New Presumptive COVID-19 Cases

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The Mississippi Department of Health announced 13 new presumptive cases of the novel coronavirus this morning with cases in several Delta counties up to Desoto County in north Mississippi. No new Hinds cases showed up today—it is still at six—but nearby Madison County joined the list.

State

10 Tips for Keeping Your Family Happy and Healthy During Coronavirus Isolation

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With the outbreak of COVID-19, it's a stressful time for parents and kids, but there are things you as a parent can do to make this time more safe, emotionally stable, and fun for kids and even yourself.

Publisher's Note

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: Flatten The Curve, Think Local in Wake of COVID-19

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The Jackson Free Press team has done its damnedest to bring you the latest news on COVID-19 as it breaks here in the Jackson and throughout the state, as well as vital safety information.

Food

Jackson Restaurants Offering Curbside Service

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In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, a lot of restaurants and businesses in Jackson and throughout Mississippi have temporarily closed down. The following restaurants are still open and offering curbside takeout service to customers.

State

Mississippi COVID-19 Cases Rise to 21 with 6 in Hinds, National Guard Activated

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The day after Gov. Tate Reeves activated the National Guard to help, the number of officially confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Mississippi rose to 21 on the Mississippi State Department of Health's website.

City & County

JPS Begins Food Distribution Programs for JPS Scholars and Families

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Jackson Public Schools and the Mississippi Food Network will administer two feeding programs in support of our scholars and their families during extended school closures.

State

Mississippi Community Response and Recovery Fund

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The Mississippi Community Relief and Recovery Fund supports the immediate and long-term needs of communities and organizations working on responding to emerging and extraordinary events, including COVID-19. All tax-deductible donations to the fund will support people and communities in Mississippi.

City & County

City Responds to COVID-19 with Emergency Measures, Scales Back Operations

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Today, Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba declared a state of civil emergency in the City of Jackson due to the coronavirus outbreak, signing additional executive orders to limit the number of people in a gathering and shutter some municipal buildings.

Fly

COVID-19 Brings Parade to Screeching Halt

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Since COVID-19 made its way to the continental United States, the virus has forced organizations to cancel or postpone events that have been embedded into the lives of citizens.

State

MDE Secures Waivers to Expedite Approvals of School Meal Programs

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The Mississippi Department of Education's Office of Child Nutrition has secured two waivers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to assist school districts in establishing meal programs at this time.

Education

Mississippi Shutting Down as COVID-19 Reaches Jackson, Coast, Rural Areas

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The confirmed arrival of COVID-19 in Jackson follows a weekend of growing restrictions on movement and public gatherings nationwide.

Politics

Governor Tate Reeves Signs Executive Orders Furthering Mississippi's COVID-19 Response

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Today, Governor Tate Reeves signed two executive orders to further the state's response to COVID-19 and aid Mississippians being impacted.

Editor's Note

EDITOR'S LETTER: Keep Calm, Stay Safe and Flatten the Curve

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"Flattening the curve" matters. We can all help limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in our own communities by social distancing, avoiding groups and staying home as much as possible. Do it.

Education

State Education Superintendent Recommends Suspending State Test Due to COVID-19

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The Mississippi Department of Education is providing this update on the impact of school closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Politics

Legislative Democrats Call for Bipartisan COVID-19 Emergency Measures and Suspension of Legislative Session

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Legislative Democrats including the Mississippi House and Senate Democratic Caucuses along with the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus encourage the Governor, Speaker of the House and Lt. Governor to spend this week working with us on a host of bipartisan emergency measures that tackle two immediate concerns.

Biz Roundup

Biz Update: COVID-19 Task Force, What's Still Open and Meal Drop-off Coalition

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As locally owned businesses face unprecedented threats from the coronavirus, Fondren Renaissance Foundation President Roy Campbell has assembled a task force to make recommendations and decide best practices to keep residents and the business community healthy.

City & County

Mayor Lumumba to Declare Civil Emergency Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

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On Tuesday, March 17, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba will sign three executive orders in a direct effort to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

State

Mississippi Blood Services Experiencing Blood Shortage

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As the Coronavirus outbreak continues, Mississippi Blood Services has been forced to cancel numerous blood drives resulting in a blood shortage.

State

Mississippi State of Emergency Declaration

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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves' office released a state of emergency declaration on the COVID-19 outbreak.

City & County

Mobile Meal Dispatch and Drop-off Services for Jackson Families in Need During COVID-19 Outbreak

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Multiple organizations are collaborating to provide mobile meal dispatch and drop-off services for Jackson families in need. Meals will cover breakfast and dinner for families throughout the extended break.

State

PSC Suspends Utility Disconnects in Mississippi During State of Emergency

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The Public Service Commission's restriction on utility disconnects is in place for 60 days. It does not eliminate the requirement that utility customers continue to pay bills, according to a press release.

City & County

URGENT: Two Hinds County Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed Today, 10 Total in State

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The Mississippi State Department of Health <added four new confirmed cases of the coronavirus to its website this morning—two of them in the Jackson metro area of Hinds County

City & County

Jackson State Student Tests Positive for Coronavirus

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A Jackson State University student has tested positive for COVID-19. The student is currently isolated at home.

City & County

State Says COVID-19 Tests Available, But Confusion Among Local Providers

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Clinics and hospitals in the Jackson metro demurred on March 13 when the Jackson Free Press called seeking COVID-19 testing

State

Two Mississippi Congressmen Skip Vote on COVID-19 Emergency Response Bill

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Two Republican Mississippi Congressmen, U.S. Reps. Steven Palazzo and Trent Kelly, did not show up for a vote on the #FamiliesFirst Coronavirus Response Act.

Health Care

UMMC to Restrict Patient Visitation to Curb Spread of COVID-19

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Effective Monday at noon, the University of Mississippi Medical Center will restrict visitors at its Jackson-based hospitals in an effort to lessen the spread of the novel coronavirus and help ensure the safety of patients, visitors, employees and students.

State

'Do Not Go to Church': Three Forrest County Coronavirus Cases Bring Warnings

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The Mississippi State Department of Health confirmed two more cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, in Mississippi this morning. All three known patients currently reside in Forrest County.

State

Statement About Impact of Coronavirus on Hinds County School District Operations

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"We have shared guidance will each of our school administrators that include detailed steps to promote a healthy school environment, and all of our parents have been sent a letter that provides information on ways they can help us prevent the spread of viruses."

City & County

COVID-19 Task Force Will Monitor Virus in Jackson, Decide School Closings

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The capital city will have its own COVID-19 task force composed of city officials, public-health experts as well as institutional partners in the capital city's health-care system, Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba announced at a press conference in City Hall this afternoon.

State

State on COVID-19 in Mississippi: Get Tested if Show Flu-Like Symptoms

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Public health officials announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Mississippi as the disease is declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. State leadership called for extraordinary caution for all residents, and laid out proper procedures for seeking testing.

State

EXPLAINER: COVID-19 in Mississippi: What to Do, What to Avoid

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The Mississippi Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control are releasing information about the Coronavirus pandemic—and tips for avoiding—as a Forrest County man becomes the first known case here.

State

Build Your Emergency Supply Kit for COVID-19

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"MEMA is assisting the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) in its response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We will help coordinate any additional resources MSDH may have during their planning, response and recovery stages."

City & County

Mississippi Event Cancellations Due to COVID-19 (Regularly Updated)

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Officials in Jackson and across Mississippi are canceling major events and gatherings in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The following is a list of canceled events as the Jackson Free Press learns of them.

City & County

Hal's St. Paddy's Parade Cancelled in Effort to Fight Coronavirus Spread

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The Hal's St. Paddy's Parade and Festival in Jackson has been cancelled in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, parade co-founder Malcolm White told local news outlets Wednesday.