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Lumumba: More COVID-19 Tests, Hazard Pay, Hotels for Infected Residents

The City of Jackson is purchasing 6,000 additional COVID-19 tests for use on first responders and local jail inmates, providing hazard pay to first responders and partnering with a local ...

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OPINION: Governor, Rescind ‘Confederate Heritage’ Proclamation, Focus on Racial Healing

As many Mississippians are faced with the coronavirus in every county but two as of today, the Mississippi Sons of Confederate Veterans released a proclamation signed by Gov. Tates naming ...

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

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 ...

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Gov. Tate Reeves Reschedules Special Election for House District 88

Today, Governor Tate Reeves announced that the special election for House District 88 is rescheduled for June 23, 2020 to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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OPINION: Suspending Housing Costs is a Moral and Economic Imperative

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 ...

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

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 ...

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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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Miss. House Democrats Call on Gov. Reeves to Ease Burden on Families Caused by COVID-19

Today, Mississippi House Democrats wrote a letter to Governor Reeves encouraging the Governor to take advantage of newly enacted federal legislation that could assist Mississippi families with the costs of ...

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

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 ...

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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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