Source: MS State Department of Health

CORONAVIRUS

Plans are underway for a full slate of classes in all educational programs for the Fall 2020 semester at Northwest Mississippi Community College, Northwest President Dr. Michael Heindl has announced.

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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves Friday has again added more time to his “Safer At Home” executive order, which is now in effect until June 1 at 8 a.m. It was to expire on Monday, May 25.

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Traditional high school graduation ceremonies at the Landers Center in Southaven this year will not take place for the senior class of DeSoto County high schools. Supt. Cory Uselton Thursday, May 21 announced that each school will plan instead to have smaller ceremonies on their campuses.

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The coronavirus pandemic has forced the Olive Branch Knights of Columbus to close this year’s Memorial Day Tribute to the public. The service, set for 9 a.m. on Monday, May 25, instead will be live streamed on the city’s OBTV Comcast Channel 19. It may also be viewed live at www.obtvlive.com…

This week typically starts the finalizing of plans for high school seniors set to graduate and move into another phase of their life. Graduation ceremonies, parties, family gatherings are all about to happen. But not so much for many this year.

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves Friday, May 8 announced the next stage for the state to continue safely reopening the state's economy while protecting public health.

Signs like this in front of Northpoint Christian School have been put up in front of the three high schools in Southaven to congratulate that school's Senior Class of 2020. Action recently taken by the Southaven Board of Aldermen approved the signs to congratulate the seniors ending their hi…

The Landers Center in Southaven was the site Wednesday, May 6 for the public to receive a test to determine if they were either infected or not infected by the coronavirus, or possibly carrying it in their bodies.

Many firefighters and first responders, such these Horn Lake firefighters, take precautions against coronavirus as they remain stationed and ready to assist where needed.

Parents of graduating seniors in DeSoto County Schools (DCS) high schools have been informed by the school district that the scheduled graduation ceremonies set for later in May have been postponed. 

COVID-19: What is it? Depending on who you ask, you will get various answers. Ask the average person on the street and you'll get responses like, “I'm not sure, just that it's a virus,” or “I've heard it's a type of flu.” Ask a medical practitioner and you may get the answer, “It's a now-glo…

The Hernando Farmers Market, known as being among the best of its type in the country, will open for the first time the season on Saturday, May 2, however, it will open in a modified form, said Gia Matheny, Farmers Market Director and City of Hernando Community Development Director.

DeSoto County government buildings have been reopened by the Board of Supervisors, which took the action during a meeting Monday morning, April 27, in Hernando.

The escalating public health crisis is responsible for an unprecedented number of school closures, layoffs and economic disruptions across the country, and millions of students who depend on school food programs for their next meal also have parents whose jobs are at risk or have been elimin…

Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch has announced that Sherwin Williams, a leading American company in the manufacture, distribution, and sale of paints, coatings, and related products has donated 5,000 3M N95 masks to first responders across Mississippi.

Two DeSoto County cities that had civil emergency ordinances in place as part of a response to the coronavirus pandemic have terminated those ordinances. Olive Branch and Southaven took the action during their regular Board of Aldermen meetings Tuesday evening.

The impact of COVID-19 has hit hard with businesses being severely affected. Questions being asked now include what impact does the loss of income mean for owners of small businesses and who has answers for the conglomerate mess that is faced?

Southaven aldermen are, at its meeting Tuesday evening, expected to rescind the city’s COVID-19 civil emergency ordinance, but continue to abide by Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves’ current shelter-in-place order, which was extended and amended on Friday morning, April 17 to be effective on Apri…

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves Friday, April 17 announced that he is extending the statewide shelter-in-place by seven days, while providing some ability for “non-essential” businesses to safely make sales. Reeves' new executive order extends the expiration date of his previous order to Monday…

The government may have done the seemingly unheard of – directing churches to stop having services because of the number of people that attend – but that hasn't stopped congregations from getting together, albeit in different ways.

Landau Uniforms, the nation’s leading quality apparel manufacturer for the health care industry, announced a donation of over 30,000 scrub sets to Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), to aid Tennessee in its fight against COVID-19.

While the vast majority of places of worship in Mississippi plan to hold Easter and Passover services this weekend through online means and avoid hosting large groups of parishioners, one state legislator is urging state officials to protect the rights of those churches to hold services in w…

New Bethlehem Presbyterian Church Pastor Robert Lee Long joins other churches in Mississippi in ringing its bell at 6 p.m. each night through April 20. Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann asked citizens to ring a bell for one minute every day to recognize healthcare workers and as a prayer for people …

DeSoto County officials learned Monday, April 6, that one of its employees in the County Administration Building in Hernando had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Helping out a small business in DeSoto County stay afloat can be as simple as buying a T-shirt.Many smaller companies are facing a severe loss of income due to the coronavirus pandemic that has forced them to close. Their closure means no money coming into the business and in turn, no dollar…

Early in the battle against the coronavirus outbreak, healthcare people fighting its attack were in desperate need of medical masks to cover their faces as they attended to virus victims.

As DeSoto County government moves into observing Gov. Tate Reeves’ Shelter in Place statewide order as of 5 p.m. Friday, April 3, government department heads told the Board of Supervisors how it intends to keep functioning during the state order.

When students of DeSoto County Schools (DCS) return to the classroom, the requirements they face to be promoted to the next grade will have somewhat changed. School district board members Thursday approved recommendations of district administrators to adjust the academic plan for the approxi…

DeSoto County supervisors are set to enforce Gov. Tate Reeves’ executive order establishing a statewide shelter-in-place for Mississippi to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of state residents. 

A well-known DeSoto County catering service is not letting the coronavirus pandemic completely shut down its operation. For now, it’s just going in a different direction.

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has signed a new executive order establishing a statewide shelter-in-place for Mississippi to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of all who call the state home.

It’s been a dreary, sad time with the discovery and growing threat of novel coronavirus, across the globe as well as in DeSoto County.

Civil emergencies have been declared in all four DeSoto County cities, and the County Board of Supervisors is urging its residents to stay at home to help flatten the curve of cases and curtail activities until the pandemic has passed. 

In response to the coronavirus health crisis, the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi is seeking donations to its FEED DESOTO Fund. FEED DESOTO was established as an outgrowth of a 2017 Hunger Summit hosted by the Community Foundation and seventeen of its partners and has been fund…