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Jackson Protest to Honor George Floyd, Call for End to Systemic Racism

Calvert White, vice president of Alcorn State University’s chapter of the NAACP, says George Floyd is a “martyr,” killed by an oppressive power complex that affects everyone in the country.

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Mississippi Fully Reopens Today After Biggest Week of COVID-19 Cases, Yet

Today marks the “final stage” in Gov. Tate Reeves’ order to reopen the state. All businesses may now open, and the state’s schools may proceed with summer programs.

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Mississippi Fully Opening as COVID-19 Cases Grow, State Naming Nursing Homes

Mississippi’s transitional COVID-19 shutdown period is slated to end Monday, June 1, with the end of Gov. Tate Reeves’ “Safer At Home” executive order and the beginning of what he ...

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COVID-19: UMMC Expert on Emerging Knowledge of the Virus

In March, Dr. Bhagyashri Navalkele watched the crowds gathering on America’s beaches during spring break with a heavy weight on her shoulders.

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Mississippi In Deep Recession Facing Long Recovery, 273 New Cases of COVID-19

Mississippi is suffering the effects of a COVID-19-induced recession, deeper than any since the end of World War II, and can expect a long recovery even after it ends, State ...

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Mississippi Reports 402 New COVID-19 Cases, Admits Testing Totals Mix In Antibody Tests

Mississippi State Department of Health’s COVID-19 testing totals include both traditional viral tests and antibody tests, a metric national health experts insist must not be included in testing totals.

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Infamous Ex-Angola Warden Is Reeves' Choice To Lead Beleaguered Mississippi Prisons

Burl Cain, the infamous ex-warden of Louisiana’s Angola prison, is Gov. Tate Reeves’ choice to lead the Mississippi Department of Corrections out of the morass in the state’s prisons that ...

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Reeves: New Corrections and Public Safety Leaders, Still No Nursing Home Names

Gov. Tate Reeves is expected to announce new leadership for the Mississippi Department of Corrections and the Department of Public Safety today, bringing new oversight to the two state agencies.

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Reeves to Help 'Safely Resume' In-Person Church Services, 27 New COVID-19 Deaths in MS

Gov. Tate Reeves will provide guidance to the state’s churches today, in an attempt to help “safely resume” in-person services, the governor tweeted this morning.

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Legislature Sends $300 Million in Relief Funds to Mississippi Small Businesses

The Mississippi Legislature passed a $300-million stimulus bill directed at Mississippi’s small businesses on Wednesday night, putting a declarative end to the debate over who would appropriate $1.25 billion in ...

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‘We Have Not Met Our Peak’: Dr. LouAnn Woodward on UMMC’s Battle Against COVID-19

LouAnn Woodward spoke to the Jackson Free Press about the breakthroughs in testing and treatment at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, as well as the state's larger coronavirus strategy.

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Road to a Gentleman’s Surrender: Gov. Tate Reeves Strikes Hard, Then Bows to Legislature

To hear it from (Tate) Reeves, the Legislature fiddled while Mississippi burned, gambling with the lives and livelihoods of its people through unnecessary legalistic dissembling.

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COVID-19 Update: Hospitalizations Down, Almost Half State Deaths in Care Facilities

State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs displayed cautious optimism at yesterday’s coronavirus presser, based on a slackening in hospitalizations statewide.

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COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations Slump Today as Mississippi Continues to Reopen

Gov. Tate Reeves’ safer-at-home order continues this week, with notable exceptions, as the Mississippi State Department of Health announces 173 new cases of COVID-19 and five new deaths from Sunday ...

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As COVID-19 Cases Hit New High, Legislature Prevails Over Governor In CARES Act Battle

The same day the fight over control of $1.25 billion in CARES Act relief funds for Mississippi appeared to end, giving the legislative branch a win, Mississippi suffered its greatest ...

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Two Days of Record COVID-19 Deaths Precede Mississippi Reopening

Mississippi is on track to reopen its parks and restaurants today, as what Gov. Tate Reeves calls the COVID-19 “plateau” continues. This morning, MSDH reported 262 new cases of coronavirus ...

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COVID-19 Growing Near State’s Meat Processing Plants

Gov. Tate Reeves acknowledges that cases of coronavirus disease are spiking near the state’s meatpacking industries, and reminded Mississippians that immunocompromised and elderly residents are still under a shelter-at-home order.

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UPDATE: 32 Deaths From COVID-19 Reported In One Day As State Reopens

Thirty-two more Mississippians have died as a result of COVID-19, 18 of those from yesterday alone: the largest single-day death toll in the crisis so far.

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UPDATED: Reeves: State Will Continue Reopening, Despite Not Meeting White House Criteria

The steady reopening of Mississippi will continue today, at odds with White House gating criteria and the concerns of many health experts in Mississippi and abroad.

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Bipartisan Legislative Supermajority Takes Control of CARES Act Money

Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and House Speaker Philip Gunn led a legislative supermajority to claim $1.25 billion in federal CARES Act funds today, dealing a humbling blow to the authority ...

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Hosemann, Gunn Lead Bipartisan Fight With Governor to Control CARES Funds

Republican Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and House Speaker Philip Gunn and a raft of legislators from both parties returned to the Capitol today to reassert legislative control over the purse ...

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Black Women Over-represented as COVID-19 Cases Jump to 397 Today

In spite of hopes for a plateau preceding a decline of new COVID-19 cases, the Mississippi Department of Health reported a record 397 new cases of coronavirus disease today, a ...

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Gov. Tate Reeves Vows Fight to Control $1.25 Billion in Federal CARES Act Funds

Gov. Tate Reeves insisted at an afternoon press conference that he possessed the authority, through state statute, to spend the federal relief money intended for COVID-19 recovery. Legislative leadership plans ...

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Legislature Asserts Control Over CARES Act Funds by Early Return

The Mississippi Legislature will reconvene on Monday, “if not sooner,” Senate Minority Leader Derrick Simmons, D-Greenville, told the Jackson Free Press today. The Legislature’s lightning-quick return comes weeks in advance ...

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Unemployed Mississippians Still Seeking Answers, Relief

March signaled the beginning of the unemployment crisis in Mississippi, as the first reports of COVID-19 led to the initial rounds of social-distancing guidelines.

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Shelter Order Softens on Day of 248 New Cases of COVID-19

On Monday, Reeves recapped his “safer at home” order, replacing his April 1 shelter-in-place order for two weeks. The order went into effect at 8 a.m. on April 27 and ...

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Factcheck: Gov. Reeves’ South Korea Comparison on MSNBC’s ‘Meet the Press’

Appearing on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press” last night, Gov. Tate Reeves explained to host Chuck Todd what he believes are Mississippi’s successes in emulating the South Korean model, which has ...

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Black Women May Be Hardest Hit As COVID-19 Cases Pass 5,000, 201 Deaths

Mississippi now has more than 200 deaths and well over 5,000 cases of COVID-19 as of yesterday, only five days after reaching 4,000.

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Q&A with Dr. Thomas Dobbs on Racial Inequity of COVID-19 in Mississippi

Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs is leading the public-health response to the COVID-19 crisis, directing the State Department of Health and serving as Gov. Tate Reeves’ chief health ...

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Gov. Reeves Says Virus At ‘Plateau’; State Reports Most Deaths in Single Day

Gov. Tate Reeves described the recent uptick in cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi as a “plateau,” suggesting that Mississippians should expect a continuing trend of high numbers in before new ...

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Mississippi Sees 238 New Cases of COVID-19, More Mobile Testing Sites

Today’s Mississippi COVID-19 case tally included 238 additional Mississippians, down from the previous day’s all-time peak of 300. The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 4,512 total detections of coronavirus ...

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Tate Reeves: Shelter in Place Another Week, ‘Union Bosses’ Not Needed

Gov. Tate Reeves extended the shelter-in-place order he issued at the end of March for another week today, while making allowances for limited operations at “non-essential” businesses and opening the ...

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Shelter Order Set to Expire Monday; State Reports 3,624 Cases of COVID-19

Mississippi has 264 new cases of COVID-19 today, after 273 yesterday, bringing the statewide total to 3,624 only two days after the state announced its 3,000th case.

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Essential Workers Bearing Weight of COVID-19

Commercial unions are fighting for recognition of their food-service and grocery-store employees as first responders, in the hopes that this will give them priority access to PPE, including masks.

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State Tops 3,000 COVID-19 Cases and 100 Deaths, More Race Data Soon

Mississippi saw 145 new cases of COVID-19 as of yesterday, bringing the new statewide total to 3,087, only seven days after the 2,000th detection on April 7.

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257 New COVID-19 Cases in Mississippi, Easter Services 'Voluntary’ Under Order

Mississippi saw a record 257 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, bringing the official statewide total to 2,260, the Mississippi State Department of Health announced this morning.

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Black Mississippians Suffered 72% of COVID-19 Deaths; Many Tests Don’t Track Race

More than half of all Mississippians currently diagnosed with COVID-19 and nearly three-fourths of the virus’ current casualties are African American, the Mississippi State Department of Health revealed today.

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MSDH Reports 177 New COVID-19 Cases, 8 Deaths, Pediatric Info

Mississippi saw 177 new official cases of COVID-19 as of yesterday evening, a number close to the peak infections for a single day.

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COVID-19 Affects Black Mississippians Disproportionately; MDOC Workers Test Positive

Two employees of the Mississippi Department of Corrections have tested positive for COVID-19, and a prisoner is awaiting the results of a test for the novel coronavirus, Gov. Tate Reeves ...

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April 6: State Shares More Testing Data, Reports 100 New COVID-19 Cases, 8 Deaths

Cases of the novel coronavirus in Mississippi are now at 1,738 as the first full week of shelter-at-home begins statewide, with the Mississippi State Department of Health announcing a steady ...

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

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 ...

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

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, ...

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

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 ...

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What is Social Distancing?

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 ...

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COVID-19: Can Mississippi Imitate South Korea?

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 ...

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

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 ...

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

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

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

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.

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

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, ...

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

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 ...