Mississippi Free Press: All Kindergarten Students Quarantined, School Tells Parents in Late-Night Text

Mississippi Free Press: All Kindergarten Students Quarantined, School Tells Parents in Late-Night Text. “A parent shared the text with the Mississippi Free Press [August 26] on condition of anonymity. That parent was puzzled that the school waited to send the message so late at night. On Facebook, other parents posted on the Alcorn School District’s Facebook page to express their disapproval at the late-night kindergarten quarantine announcement. Several shared concerns that schools had stopped checking students’ temperatures.”

Mississippi Free Press: As Mississippi Schools Reopen, ‘Pediatric COVID Crisis’ Threatens Families, Teachers

Mississippi Free Press: As Mississippi Schools Reopen, ‘Pediatric COVID Crisis’ Threatens Families, Teachers. “As schools prepare to reopen for the 2020-2021 school year in Mississippi amid the current coronavirus pandemic, though, data have shown that, overall, children experience much milder symptoms from COVID-19 infections than adults. But Douglas Chambers, a historian at the University of Southern Mississippian who has followed COVID-19 data in scholarly fashion since the first case appeared in the state, told the Mississippi Free Press that he fears a little-noticed ‘pediatric COVID crisis’ will overwhelm schools and hospitals this fall—especially if K-12 schools push forward with resuming “traditional” face-to-face classroom settings.”

SunHerald: ‘We are going to pay the price’ if MS kids go back to school this week, Dobbs says

SunHerald: ‘We are going to pay the price’ if MS kids go back to school this week, Dobbs says. “With Mississippi near the top of the list nationwide for COVID-19 spread, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs is leery of sending children back to classrooms this week. Dobbs said during a video question-and-answer session sponsored by the Mississippi State Medical Association that he believes COVID-19 cases will level off, then soar once schools are in session. He said Mississippi’s health department will be recommending a statewide mask mandate for all children attending schools.”

NBC News: Coronavirus surge brings suffering to the impoverished, underresourced Mississippi Delta

NBC News: Coronavirus surge brings suffering to the impoverished, underresourced Mississippi Delta. “Chad and Kelsey Dowell, both doctors in this small, impoverished town in the Mississippi Delta, have cried a lot in recent weeks. The reason is the same every time: the coronavirus. … Their emotions are stretched thin by the flood of patients they see struggling to breathe, their own inability to respond to the pandemic with the limited resources at their rural hospital, the immense nursing and staffing shortages they face, the resistance members of their community feel to keeping themselves safe during the outbreak and the rising number of deaths from the disease that seem to come as a result.”

Mississippi Today: Mississippi plant workers call for greater COVID-19 protections after coworker’s death and as cases continue to climb

Mississippi Today: Mississippi plant workers call for greater COVID-19 protections after coworker’s death and as cases continue to climb. “Mississippi is entering a ‘sea of outbreaks,’ fueled by community transmission but creating dangerous working conditions in factories across the state.”

WTVA: New website launched for Mississippi PPE providers

WTVA: New website launched for Mississippi PPE providers. “On Wednesday, Governor Tate Reeves announced a new, online resource to help Mississippi businesses, schools, churches and other organizations who need to purchase personal protective equipment. The website serves as a hub, where Mississippi businesses can help the state’s own residents when it comes to buying PPE items that are in high demand.”

WLOX: Speaker Philip Gunn, several House members diagnosed with COVID-19

WLOX: Speaker Philip Gunn, several House members diagnosed with COVID-19. ” The Mississippi State Department of Health is investigating several cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) among lawmakers of the Mississippi Legislature. This investigation comes after a historic week as lawmakers spent several days in the state capitol voting to change the state flag.”

Mississippi coronavirus: Health department reports 498 new cases, the highest number for a single day (Clarion Ledger)

Clarion Ledger: Mississippi coronavirus: Health department reports 498 new cases, the highest number for a single day. “The state Department of Health reported 20 new deaths and 498 new cases Monday, bringing the state total to 17,768 cases and 837 deaths. The nearly 500 new cases represent the highest number the health department has reported in a single day during the pandemic.”

University of Mississippi News: Mississippi Teacher Corps Offers Free Summer School Across State

University of Mississippi News: Mississippi Teacher Corps Offers Free Summer School Across State. “The Mississippi Teacher Corps, an alternate-route teacher preparation program housed at the University of Mississippi, has taken its annual summer school program online and will offer free summer classes to instate students in grades 7-12 and more. Designed for students in need of credit recovery or enrichment, the program will last from June 15 to July 17 and will meet online 9-11 a.m. weekdays. Registration for the virtual summer program opens at 5 p.m. June 9.”

Mississippi Clarion Register: State health agency says its too busy to tell public which nursing homes have COVID-19 outbreaks

Mississippi Clarion Register: State health agency says its too busy to tell public which nursing homes have COVID-19 outbreaks. “The Mississippi Department of Health has a list of all the state’s nursing homes with outbreaks of coronavirus, but the agency claims it’s too busy to release it to the public. The Clarion Ledger filed a public records request on April 2 asking for the names of nursing homes with coronavirus outbreaks. In violation of state open records law, the Department of Health did not respond for a month.”

SunHerald: Mississippians can now buy meat, produce directly from farms amid COVID-19. Here’s how.

SunHerald: Mississippians can now buy meat, produce directly from farms amid COVID-19. Here’s how.. “Mississippi has a new website where people can buy a side of beef, a basket of blueberries or a jar of honey direct from the rancher, farmer or beekeeper. Department of Agriculture Commissioner Andy Gipson announced Thursday the Mississippi Farm Marketplace website and two other initiatives to make sure people in Mississippi can get fresh food during the coronavirus pandemic. He signed an order during the morning press conference that immediately allows farmers to sell a portion of an animal, such as a side of beef, directly to consumers.”

University of Southern Mississippi: USM Professor Wins $350,000 Grant to Digitize Governors’ Papers, Employ Dozens of Students

University of Southern Mississippi: USM Professor Wins $350,000 Grant to Digitize Governors’ Papers, Employ Dozens of Students. “A digital history project based at The University of Southern Mississippi recently won a three-year grant totaling $349,987 from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant, which was awarded to the Civil War & Reconstruction Governors of Mississippi (CWRGM) project led by Dr. Susannah J. Ural will also help to employee dozens of graduate students to work on the project.”

Celebrating Black History: MSU Libraries to digitize records of enslaved Mississippians for the first time (Mississippi State University)

Mississippi State University: Celebrating Black History: MSU Libraries to digitize records of enslaved Mississippians for the first time. “This undertaking compiles a wealth of 19th-century documents from across the South and, upon completion, will provide a fully text-searchable, indexed collection containing digital images of original documents that include individuals’ names and detailed physical descriptions. Primarily inspired by patron need, the project is based on a similar effort at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture called ‘Unknown No Longer.'”

Reclaim the Records: The Mississippi Death Index goes online, for free! (Genealogy’s Star)

Genealogy’s Star: Reclaim the Records: The Mississippi Death Index goes online, for free!. “Introducing the first-ever freely-available publication, online or otherwise, of the Mississippi Statewide Death Index! This record set covers deaths in the state of Mississippi from about November 1912 (although a few counties were slow to join in) through 1943.”

Mississippi Department of Archives and History: Digitized Newspapers Available Online

Mississippi Department of Archives and History: Digitized Newspapers Available Online. “Researchers from around the world now have free online access to hundreds of Mississippi newspapers. The Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) participated in the National Digital Newspaper Program, a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to digitize newspapers across the country. The publications are accessible through the Library of Congress on its Chronicling America website, along with papers from other participating states.”