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Local schools begin at-home learning and feeding plans for current closure

By HASKEL BURNS,

With Gov. Tate Reeves’ recent order to close all public schools throughout Mississippi until April 17 to limit any chance of exposure to the coronavirus, local school officials have put together plans to ensure students still receive vital services, including online at-home learning and meal plans.




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

By JOSHUA WILSON,

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:


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

By HASKEL BURNS,

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.


Barker sets customer limits at essential retail, closes certain non-essential stores to help slow coronavirus

By HASKEL BURNS,

With the cases of COVID-19 in the local community almost tripling over a three-day period – rising from five presumptive positive cases to 14 in Forrest County as of Tuesday night – Mayor Toby Barker has issued another executive order that limits the number of customers at Hattiesburg businesses such as grocery stores and pharmacies, and closes


School officials: No closures, mass athletic event cancellations planned

By JOSHUA WILSON,

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.


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‘Saving Grace’

By BETH BUNCH,

Hub City residents are known for their kindness, generosity and looking out for one another. It happens all the time under a variety of circumstances. And in true Pine Belt fashion, it’s happened again, but in a way that has extended far beyond the confines of the Pine Belt.





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