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Representative Billy Andrews of Purvis has resigned from the Mississippi House of Representatives, about two months after indicating Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn is going against state law
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, medical masks are in short supply, but one Hattiesburg group is working to ensure health care workers in the Pine Belt have what they need.
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While the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has put a halt to several activities throughout Hattiesburg and Petal, food pantries and soup kitchens across in the area are making changes – whether that b

Mayor issues executive order limiting restaurants, bars and nightclubs


To help protect the health of the community during the current COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Toby Barker has issued an executive order that will limit the hours and services of Hattiesburg restaurants, bars and nightclubs – including closing earlier and limiting the number of customers – while still allowing those establishments to fulfill the needs

Forrest General, Hattiesburg Clinic open Cough & Fever Clinic to limit number of coronavirus cases


In the face of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Forrest General Hospital and Hattiesburg Clinic are partnering to open a Cough & Fever Clinic to help stop the spread of the virus by reducing the number of symptomatic patients who visit a primary or urgent care facility.

Forrest Health officials: 'Listen to the facts,' not rumors


Forrest Health officials are asking the public to “listen to the facts.”

“There are many rumors that only add to people being fearful and anxious,” according to a statement posted on the hospital’s website Sunday. “We are doing our best to provide the most up-to-date, factual information.”

The statement also said:

Hattiesburg, Forrest County declare local state of emergency


Following the lead of the federal government on Friday afternoon, Forrest County Board of Supervisors President David Hogan and Mayor Toby Barker both signed documents declaring the response to COVID-19 a local emergency, which has been categorized as a pandemic event, for both Forrest County and the City of Hattiesburg. 

State health officials: Six COVID-19 cases in Mississippi, including three in Forrest Co.


There are now six presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, including three cases in Forrest County, according to state health officials.

The first Forrest County case was identified Wednesday night, and the two additional cases in the county were announced Friday.

School officials: No closures, mass athletic event cancellations planned


Local school districts are not planning closures or mass cancellations of athletic events at this time.

According to the Mississippi Department of Education, schools are required to consult state health officials – along with the county health department – to determine when it is appropriate to close a school.