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The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) on Thursday reported 701 new cases of COVID-19 in the state and 24 new deaths, 10 of which occurred between Aug. 19 and Sept. 6 and were identified from death certificates.

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Sally was upgraded to a Category Two hurricane on Monday afternoon and was expected to make landfall near the Mississippi-Alabama state line either late on Tuesday or early Wednesday morning.

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 The Diamondhead City Council on Monday determined in an emergency meeting on Monday that the special mayoral election originally scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 15, must be postponed due to the potential fallout from Hurricane Sally.

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The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) on Monday reported 145 new cases of COVID-19 in the state — including two in Hancock County — and nine new deaths, all of which occurred between Aug. 13 and Sept. 4 and were identified from death certificates.

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The Hurricane Warning that went into effect early on Sunday has been extended eastward from Ocean Springs to the Mississippi-Alabama state line, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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A Hurricane Warning is now in effect from Grand Isle, La., to Ocean Springs, as Tropical Storm Sally continues its advance toward the Gulf Coast.

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As of 10 p.m. Saturday, Tropical Storm Sally had entered the Gulf of Mexico and was expected to become a hurricane within the next 48 hours before possibly making landfall near the Mississippi-Louisiana state line some time Tuesday evening.

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As of Saturday afternoon, the Mississippi Gulf Coast and parts of Louisiana are under a Hurricane Watch, with Tropical Storm Sally moving into the gulf and predicted to possibly hit the Coast as a Category 1 or 2 hurricane.

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The Mississippi State Department of Health on Friday reported 853 new cases of COVID-19 in the state — including nine cases in Hancock County — and 15 new deaths, five of which occurred between Aug. 26 and Sept. 4, and were identified from birth certificates.

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While many people are breathlessly counting down the days to the presidential election in November, there will be some local races on the ballot, as well, including seats on the Hancock County and Bay-Waveland school boards.

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Child care facility workers in Mississippi can now receive free drive-through COVID-19 testing at selected Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) community testing locations conducted at many county health departments, and at the West Street Farmers Market in Jackson.

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The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) on Wednesday reported 426 new cases of COVID-19 in the state — including six new cases in Hancock County — and 39 new deaths, 12 of which occurred between July 14 and Aug. 28 and were identified from death certificates.

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Some people tease Martin Elzy, by calling him St. Martin because of his volunteer work in his community after Hurricane Katrina. Martin laughs at the suggestion, but his volunteer work after Katrina is worthy of, at least, awareness.

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The Mississippi State Department of Health on Tuesday reported 634 new cases of COVID-19 — including six new cases in Hancock County — and 20 deaths, 19 of which occurred between July 8 and Aug. 24 and were identified from death certificates.

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The Mississippi State Department of Health on Monday reported 274 new cases of COVID-19 — including five new cases in Hancock County — and 32 deaths statewide, 19 of which occurred between July 8 and Aug. 24 and were identified from death certificates.