Local meadery helps in coronavirus fight

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA)-Queen’s Reward, a meadery in Tupelo has jumped into the fight against cornonavirus. The owners recently put a plan in place to purchase a still. After receiving the still from Nebraska and getting permits from the state and federal governament, the business can now shift gears to produce hand sanitizer. WTVA’s Evan Vensley visited the meadery that …

Nettleton food pantry closes amid Coronavirus outbreak

NETTLETON, Miss. (WTVA) – Coronavirus is hitting the economy hard and more and more people are in need of food donations. Faith Food Pantry in Nettleton is closing it’s doors to keep their workers safe during this pandemic. Executive director Jim Long the decision is all about keeping volunteers safe in the midst of a …

MSU lab to retrofit hundreds of ventilators for UMMC

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) — Students are converting hundreds of ventilators from battery powered to AC powered. The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson asked the High Volatge Laboratory at Mississippi State University to retrofit about 300 ventilators, said Lab Manager David Wallace. He said Taylor Machine Works in Louisville is also helping out. High …

Real estate agencies continue selling homes, change routines

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) — Real estate agents are still selling houses, but they have changed their routines during the coronavirus pandemic. Starkville Properties Co-owner and Principal Broker Melanie Mitchell said their agents are independent contractors, so it was an easy transition to work from home. She said thanks to technology agents are able to help …

State sent alert to health care workers on wearing masks

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) — State Health Officer Doctor Thomas Dobbs told health care workers across Mississippi on Saturday they should wear surgical masks at work, even if they don’t come in direct contact with patients suffering from the coronavirus. The recommendation, sent in an alert posted online, was targeted toward health care professionals “with the potential …

Aberdeen mayor confirms someone in city hall tested positive for coronavirus

ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA)- Aberdeen’s mayor, Maurice Howard, confirmed that someone working in City Hall tested positive for the coronavirus. Howard says if anyone visited city hall recently and experiences symptoms should immediately go and get tested for the virus. “We need you to pray for our community as well as our nation. If you’ve been …

OCH medical center admits first coronavirus patient

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) – The OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville announced that they admitted its first coronavirus patient. Health workers tested the patient on Wednesday and got the results back early Saturday Morning. They are are not releasing the name of the patient. The patient has been placed in an isolation room.

Coronavirus: 1,638 cases in Mississippi, 1,812 cases in Alabama

Editor’s Note: This article will be updated as more cases are reported. Any video shown above is time-sensitive and may contain old numbers. WTVA will update the video often. (WTVA) – Here is a quick glance at the number of coronavirus cases in Mississippi and Alabama. Mississippi There are 1,638 coronavirus cases in Mississippi reported Sunday. …

OCH Regional Medical Center admits its second coronavirus patient

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) – The OCH Regional Medical Center has admitted its second coronavirus patient this weekend. The hospital said in a Facebook post the patient was tested on Friday. The patient was then admitted into the hospital the same day. The patient is now in isolation. Hospital workers do not yet know how the …