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Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs answers a reporter's question at Gov. Tate Reeves' COVID-19 press briefing in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, July 8, 2020. State officials provided reporters an update on the coronavirus and the state's ongoing strategy to limit transmission. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi limits elective surgeries amid COVID-19 surge

Jul. 11, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's top public health official has ordered a temporary halt to all elective surgeries to try to save hospital bed space as the state sees a rapid expansion in cases of the new coronavirus. The order by the state health officer, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, covers all medical facilities...

FILE - In this July 6, 2020, file photo, Mississippi legislators, staff and Capitol employees take advantage of a drive-thru COVID-19 testing center on the Capitol grounds in Jackson, Miss. Mississippi is seeing the largest outbreak of COVID-19 among legislators in any state. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Mississippi seeing big virus outbreak in state legislature

Jul. 10, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Packed elevators and crowded committee rooms. Legislators sitting shoulder-to-shoulder on the House and Senate floor. People standing close to each other and talking, sometimes leaning in to whisper, without a mask in sight. Those were common scenes at the Mississippi Capitol in June...

Dr. LouAnn Woodward, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine, left, confers with Marc Rolph, the University of Mississippi Medical Center executive director of Communications and Marketing during a news conference in the School of Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus, about concerns with the state's spike in COVID-19 patients at hospitals across the state Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. The medical professionals attending detailed recommendations to curb the community spread virus. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Numbers of COVID cases in Mississippi continue to rise

Jul. 10, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's Department of Health reported 1,031 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Friday, as numbers of new cases continue to rise in the state. Officials reported 11 deaths. The day marked the highest-ever number of hospitalizations for coronavirus with 711 people in...

Trump OKs Mississippi's disaster declaration request

Jul. 10, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

PEARL, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves' request for help following severe weather in April was approved Friday by President Donald J. Trump. Trump declared a major disaster exists in Mississippi and ordered federal aid to help recovery efforts in 11 counties hit by severe storms, tornadoes,...

FILE - In this April 15, 2020, file photo, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham puts on her face mask when not speaking during an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in the state during a news conference in the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. Gov. Lujan Grisham used her line-item veto power to preserve executive control over hundreds of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief funding, a move that could mean the loss of additional financial assistance for some Native American communities. She used her veto pen to scratch out entire paragraphs of the budget to prevent the Legislature from earmarking $318 million in federal virus relief funding for local governments. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool, File)

The Latest: New Mexico closes state parks, suspends sports

Jul. 9, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico authorities will halt indoor restaurant service, close state parks to nonresidents and suspend autumn contact sports at schools in response to surging coronavirus infections in the state and in neighboring Texas and Arizona. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham unveiled the sweeping...

Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves delivers a televised address prior to signing a bill retiring the last state flag in the United States with the Confederate battle emblem, at the Governor's Mansion in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, Pool)

Mississippi governor vetoes criminal justice bills

Jul. 9, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has vetoed two criminal justice bills, one of which would have given thousands of offenders the chance at parole from the crowded prison system. “I know that I’ll get attacked and protested for this,” Republican Reeves wrote in a...

Dr. Clay Hays, president of the Mississippi State Medical Association, sits before a chart showing the state's spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations during a news conference in the School of Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus, Thursday, July 9, 2020 in Jackson, Miss. Hays was joined by other state health care leaders in discussing their concerns and recommendations to curb the community spread virus. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi's five largest hospitals are out of ICU beds

Jul. 9, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's five largest hospitals had no intensive care unit beds available for patients by midweek because of a surge in coronavirus cases, officials reported Thursday. Four more hospitals had 5% or less of those beds available. “I was woken up by a phone call yesterday...

Gov. Tate Reeves stresses the need for personal responsibility in wearing face masks during his opening statement at a coronavirus news briefing, Wednesday, July 8, 2020 in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi gov vetoes part of education bill over pay plan

Jul. 9, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has vetoed most of the state education budget for the new fiscal year because it would have changed a bonus pay plan for some teachers. Republican Reeves announced that and other vetoes late Wednesday. The education budget, House Bill 1700, would have...

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COVID hits more legislators amid rapid spread in Mississippi

Jul. 8, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — At least 26 legislators and 10 others who work at Mississippi's Capitol have tested positive for the coronavirus, a public health official said Wednesday, as the governor implored residents to take precautions amid a rapid rise in confirmed cases statewide. The 174-member Legislature...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jul. 8, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ July 8 The Greenwood Commonwealth on initiatives that Mississippi voters can expect to see on November ballots: Mississippi voters are going to have an interesting ballot to consider come this November. In addition to weighing in on the presidential race, they...