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State's uninsured hit hard by COVID-19: Tests cost hundreds out-of-pocket, adding to medical debt or deterring residents from seeking care

Posted less than 1 hour ago in Area

Within days, the cough quickly escalated into a burning chest pain that dropped 30-year-old Brittany Marie Wells to her kitchen floor. "I started crying," Wells said. "My mom ended up calling my dad, telling him that we needed to go to the hospital." But she refused to go.

Stuck at home: Area's small towns turn inward to weather coronavirus crisis

Posted yesterday in Area

Temperature aside, it would be easy enough to imagine it as another languid summer afternoon in Caledonia. The school parking lots are empty, but there are a dozen or so kids at Ola J. Pickett Park, riding their bikes and scooters or frolicking on the playground.

 

What does 'essential businesses and operations' include?

Posted 4/2/2020 in Area

The definition of "essential business or operation" in the state of Mississippi follows Executive 1463, which Gov. Tate Reeves signed into effect last Tuesday.

 

Arrest report for 3-31-20

Posted 3/31/2020 in Area

Supplies scarce, fear 'palpable' for respiratory compromised residents

Posted 3/31/2020 in Area

Leigh Walker's workspace moved a few weeks ago. Then, she worked mainly out of an office in the back of the OxyCare Plus building on Wilkins Wise Road. Now she spends most of her time in the front lobby of the building, watching through locked doors for customers.

Monday Profile: A life interrupted: Evacuated Peace Corps volunteers share memories overseas during coronavirus pandemic

Posted 3/30/2020 in Area

Brooks Armstrong counted seven months left to finish her teaching in a small village in Kyrgyzstan as a Peace Corps volunteer. Then, an evacuation order came.

Area animal shelters change practices in wake of COVID-19

Posted 3/30/2020 in Area

A woman adopting a dog at the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society walks out the door with her new furry friend, and the spartan staff at the animal shelter goes into sanitizing mode.

4-County to survey members about potential internet option

Posted 3/28/2020 in Area

Members of 4-County Electric Power Association can expect to receive a survey designed to gauge their opinions on the cooperative investing in high-speed internet.

Anxiety over virus increases demand for mental health care

Posted 3/28/2020 in Area

The uncertainty that comes with a global pandemic like the COVID-19 coronavirus means people need someone to talk to about their concerns, said Karla Morgan, who runs Seeds Counseling and Wellness in Starkville. "Even if people aren't looking for counseling, they're looking for connection and support and ways to consider how to move forward," Morgan said.

 

Counselors urge honesty, caution when talking to kids about COVID-19

Posted 3/28/2020 in Area

The uncertainty that comes with a global pandemic, which has shut down schools and most person-to-person interaction for the foreseeable future, means children will look to their parents for guidance and answers to their inevitable questions, Starkville mental health counselor Karla Morgan said.

 

While Trump says economy could restart fully by Easter week, local pastors, businesspeople are not as optimistic

Posted 3/28/2020 in Area

Rev. Todd Matocha of Main Street Presbyterian Church is preaching to the choir. Only the choir. His sermon for Sunday, March 22, titled "When Public Worship is Prohibited," isn't delivered before hundreds of parishioners. It was filmed the Thursday before in front of empty pews and posted on YouTube.

Yokohama shutting down for 2 weeks because of coronavirus

Posted 3/28/2020 in Area

Yokohama Tire Corporation is shutting down production at its West Point manufacturing plant for two weeks, beginning Saturday, in response to the COVID-19 virus, the Japan-based company announced Friday.

'Social-distancing safe' teddy bear scavenger hunt takes hold in Golden Triangle

Posted 3/27/2020 in Area

The Jordan family was in the middle of their Thursday afternoon walk. Or better put, their Thursday afternoon scavenger hunt.

Reeves: Stricter local ordinances don't violate executive order

Posted 3/27/2020 in Area

Gov. Tate Reeves clarified Thursday an executive order he passed earlier this week limiting gatherings and businesses throughout the state in order to help curb the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, putting to rest concerns by local officials that the order would supersede emergency restrictions previously passed by municipalities or counties.

Some international students have no way home

Posted 3/27/2020 in Area

Arpana Upadhyay was left alone at home in Nepal when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook the country in April 2015, interrupting her last semester in high school.

Down market brings new investors, while existing ones seek to 'ride it out'

Posted 3/26/2020 in Area

The stock value for the video conferencing tool Zoom increased by 22 percent from the close of the market Friday to the same time Monday. People want to invest in Zoom stock because the app has become a widely-used work-from-home tool during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Modern Woodmen of America financial adviser Barbara Coats said. But she and other advisers warn against purchasing individual stocks.

Local hospitals work to mitigate coronavirus spread

Posted 3/26/2020 in Area

In the wake of a growing number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus, hospitals in the Golden Triangle are tightening restrictions within the facilities to lower the risk of infection. Several hospitals have restricted in-person patient visits, limited the number of entrances and isolated potential and confirmed COVID-19 patients from the other patients.

Area hospitals stocked up on masks, other COVID-19 supplies

Posted 3/26/2020 in Area

During Gov. Tate Reeves' teleconference with county supervisors throughout the state Wednesday, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency director Greg Michel provided an update on the medical supplies needed to fight the COVID-19 virus.

Guns, ammo, garden supplies, liquor among items still flying off shelves during pandemic

Posted 3/25/2020 in Area

Now in its 85th year of operation, the Lowndes Farm Supply has been there "through good times and bad times," General Manager Jeff Hays said. But Hays has never seen a time like this.

Man pleads to double murder after jurors hear recording of him offering witness money

Posted 3/24/2020 in Area

A Mantee man pleaded guilty to two counts of murder in Clay County Circuit Court last week after a witness told jurors he had offered her $2,000 to change her testimony.

 

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