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COVID-19 Coverage

Jackson Free Press has covered the COVID-19 outbreak in Jackson and Mississippi since early March.


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COVID-19 Tests, Monoclonal Treatments in Short Supply amid Case Surge

As the highly contagious omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the U.S., the Mississippi State Department of Health reported a skyrocketing number of COVID-19 cases this week. MSDH …

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FDA Authorizes Pfizer, Merck COVID-19 Pills

“Today’s authorization introduces the first treatment for COVID-19 that is in the form of a pill that is taken orally—a major step forward in the fight against this global pandemic,” …

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WHO Names ‘Omicron,’ New COVID-19 Variant Concerns Experts

"The news about this new variant should make clearer than ever why this pandemic will not end until we have global vaccinations," Biden said. "The United States has already donated …

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Some Families Still Waiting for Pandemic Food Benefits

About 345,000 Mississippi children were set to receive a benefit of $375 per child through the Pandemic EBT program, according to the state. The Mississippi Department of Human Services said …

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Mississippi Pre-Ordering 50,000 Doses of Vaccine for Kids

The state of Mississippi has pre-ordered almost 50,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine in anticipation of the shots being approved for 5 to 11-year-olds early next week, State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul …

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No COVID Vaccine Mandate at Mississippi University for Women

Mississippi University for Women will not require employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 because the university is not at risk of losing federal money without a vaccine mandate, the school's …

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IHL Mandates COVID-19 Vaccines For Mississippi University Employees, Still Prohibits Student Mandates

Under President Joe Biden’s order, university employees at campuses with federal contracts must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or receive an exemption accommodation by Dec. 8. To be …

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COVID-19 Fatalities Pass 10,000, Over 500,000 Cases

“Ten thousand deaths is staggering,” State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said. “It just didn't have to happen like this. If we had more people who would get the vaccine, certainly …

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No Midnight Alcohol Sales on New Year's Eve in Mississippi

Mississippi bars and restaurants are limited in selling alcohol to customers ringing in the new year. An executive order by Gov. Tate Reeves bans the sale of alcohol between 11 …

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85 Deaths Set New COVID-19 Record in Mississippi

Yesterday, Mississippi saw a record single-day total in reported deaths from COVID-19. As the year wanes, record numbers of people continue to die from the virus as the state struggles …

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MEMA Director Greg Michel Hospitalized with COVID-19 Complications

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said in a statement Sunday that Director Greg Michel has been admitted to a hospital with pneumonia, a complication from is infection with COVID-19.

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Mississippi Churches Face Difficult Decisions at Christmas

It always feels special for Pastor Jay Richardson when his congregation at Highland Colony Baptist Church gathers during the holidays—but this year, that's even more true because of time they've …

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Mayor Lumumba Extends Executive Order Closing City Hall

Today, citing the continued and increased infectious spread of Covid-19 in the City of Jackson, as well as the corresponding rise in hospitalizations and death rate, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba …

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‘January Will Be Rough’: COVID-19 Peak Shows No Signs of Slowing Down

“Be ready. January will be rough. We can mitigate if we restrain our holiday events, but likely to be extremely difficult regardless,” State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs tweeted on Dec. …

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First Mississippians Vaccinated, But State Still in Critical Danger

The first Mississippians to receive the COVID-19 vaccine are its own state health leadership, marking a hopeful beginning to what will be a long process of finally exterminating the virus …