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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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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 ...

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An Open Letter from the Physicians of Mississippi

With record-breaking daily case numbers of the deadly COVID-19 virus surging to dizzying new heights, the physicians of Mississippi write to you urgently to request your direct assistance in combatting ...

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Rules For Thee: Governor Hosts Party Hours After Signing New COVID Restrictions

Hours after signing new COVID-19 restrictions and holding a press conference to plead with Mississippians to pitch in to protect the health-care system, the governor held a Christmas party at ...

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Governor Tate Reeves Announces Additional COVID-19 Measures

Today, Gov. Tate Reeves announced additional COVID-19 measures in an effort to keep Mississippians safe. The Executive Orders that are in place are set to expire on Friday, Dec. 11.

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'We Have Forgotten Who We Are': Denial and Death in Mississippi Hospitals

Health-care professionals, including hospitalists and clinicians, have spoken to the Jackson Free Press about the persistent denialism coming from the public as well as political leadership.

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Code Red: Hinds County Doubles COVID-19 Infection Rates In Two Months

Hinds County is now categorized as red, the color code for areas with over 10% COVID-19 test positivity rates. It has recorded 11,046 cases of COVID-19, with 208 deaths as ...

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Mississippi’s COVID-19 Deaths Above 4,000 As Thanksgiving Surge Continues

More than 4,000 Mississippians are confirmed to have died from complications of COVID-19 in the pandemic so far, a grim milestone that public-health leadership has warned is unlikely to be ...

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Reeves to Update Order on Gatherings as Virus Cases Surge

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves plans to update his regulations around social gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic later this week as virus cases continue to surge.

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Home Schooling Up as Mississippi School Enrollment Drops

The Mississippi Department of Education said Monday that kindergarten enrollment has decreased and home schooling has increased this academic year, largely explaining the drop of more than 23,000 students enrolled ...