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WCBI New at Six - 07/22/2020

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WCBI New at Six - 07/22/2020
WCBI New at Six - 07/22/2020
WCBI New at Six - 07/22/2020

Patients who have fully recovered from covid-19 can help those suffering with the coronavirus..

We'll have that story coming up on wcbi news show open for the second day in a row the state of mississippi sees over 15-hundred new covid-19 cases// thank you for joining us// governor reeves and state health officer doctor dobbs are pleading for mississippians to do their part by wearing masks, social distancing, and not having any type of gathering -- indoors or outdoors.

The mississippi state department of health reports 1-thousand-547 new cases along with 34 deaths// more than 14- hundred mississippians have died from coronavirus.

A number doctor dobbs calls staggering// seven of mississippi's hospitals have no icu beds available// the virus is also affecting children// doctor dobbs says 356 children less than one has been diagnosed with covid-19 and there are at least two pediatric patients in intensive care// governor reeves touts president's trump mask usage in hopes of getting mississippians to follow suit// "the president said that he believes it's patriotic to wear a mask.

So what i ask my constituents is this.

If you love the president join him, be patriotic and wear a mask.

If you don't like the president wear a mask to spite him."

"at some point people are going to start freaking out again.

Back in march there was panic, it was unrealistic panic.

People wanted to basically lock up in their houses and then everybody wanted to go party at the beach.

I don't know what the mass psychology is going to be like when everyone wants to panic again, but let's just behave sensibly and we don't have to panic."

The governor and doctor dobbs also spoke with hospital administrators to issue surge plans.

There are 942 mississippians hospitalized with the virus currently// patients who have recovered from covid 19 could help those still fighting the disease.

Allie martin tells us about a partnership between nmmc and vitalant that is helping fda research.

The investigational treatment allows those who have fully recovered from covid 19 to donate blood plasma, which could be used to treat critically ill coronavirus patients.

Nats machine those who have recovered from covid 19 may have immune boosting antibodies in their plasma, also known as "convalescent plasma."

The plasma is collected from donors and transfused to severely ill coronavirus patients at nmmc.

The antibodies can help patients recover from the virus.

"this is research, investigational, we hope it will work, we're very fortunate to have the opportunity to offer it to people but in order to do that it takes community awareness and community involvement."

And that means teamwork and collaboration from nmmc's hematology and oncology research clinic.

Jeff michelletti is clinical research coordinator and helps make sure all protocols and regulations are being followed and all data with the investigational treatment is collected.

"we capture the information that the investigators capture in medical record and enter it into a data management system, that's how the sponsor goes back and and analyzes all of the data for the study."

But nothing happens without donors, who have recovered from covid 19.

Once they consent, and with their doctor's guidance, they can donate plasma at vitalant.

"the plasma donation takes about 30 to 40 minutes and we can help the patient who needs it, it is a positive mark in the fight against covid 19 for the patients in the hospital."

Doctors say early results are promising, but more donors are needed, especially as local covid 19 cases continue to rise.

In tupelo, allie martin, wcbi news if you have recovered from covid 19 and would like more information, go to vitalant dot org slash covid free august is just around the corner, and so is the start of a new school year..

Caution fueled by the continuing covid-19 surge is causing a change in áhowá school is done.

Now at least one district is changing áwhená school will start.

Savannah gaido joins us live in the studio with more..

Originally, the aberdeen school district was supposed to start on august 6th, but they are now pushing that start date back to august 24th.

And they are using those extra days to make sure that students, staff , and parents are all prepared for the upcoming school year "i think most of them are going to enjoy a late start, that means a little more time at home."

Earlier this week, the aberdeen school leaders made the tough call to push the first day of school back almost 3 weeks.

"the reason behind us pushing back the start date is to ensure that our administrator, our staff members, and the entire learning community in the aberdeen school district is prepared.

With the covid cases increasing, we just want to take the extra precautions to ensure safety and health of all of our students."

Temeka shannon, the aberdeen chief academic officer says the move underlines the district's top priority.

"aberdeen school district is committed to the safety, health and well being of all of our students and all of our staff members.

As the cdc and as the mississippi department of health, as they release new guidelines, we are going to follow every guideline humanly possible to ensure the safety and well being of our entire learning community."

The mde requires schools to have 180 calendar days for students and 187 days for teacher -- so school could stretch deeper into spring..

"but nothing supercedes the importance of health and safety for our students.

So if that means we go a little longer, then that means we go a little longer because we want all of our students and staff members safe."

"that says that the school district is looking out for our children as well as the bus drivers and the parents and grandparents.

They've got us in mind."

Aberdeen has decided to offer a hybrid model and distance learning model for students.

With the hybrid model students are on an a schedule or b schedule and will come to school on mondays and wednesday's or tuesday's and thursday's friday's will be used as a parent teacher contact day and for sanitation.

Take vo off top it's called the summer slide, and this year parents and educators are concerned that it started in the spring as students spent much of the semester áoutá of the classroom a service in starkville wants to help take the stress off of parents..

Niya smith of ms smith's educational services is making it her mission to make sure each child doesn't fall behind in the classroom..

"we do strive to work towards allowing parents to know that their children are comfortable here and that they are safe here.

Even when they are in school we do attend their meetings at school.

I do get a chance to get to go to the schools and see how kids are doing and talk to teachers."

Smith says they will provide services throughout the school year including a virtual option// first look stinger summary: standard late july weather is here and that means heat, humidity, and scattered storms mainly during the heating of the day.

This will be the general weather pattern into next week.

Topical storm gonzalo in the atlantic ocean and a disturbance in the gulf of mexico are being monitored but they are not expected to have any impact on our area at this time.

Tonight: isolated evening storms then turning mostly clear to partly cloudy.

Lows in the mid to low 70s.

Some patchy fog is possible.

Summary: standard late july weather is here and that means heat, humidity, and scattered storms mainly during the heating of the day.

This will be the general weather pattern into next week.

Topical storm gonzalo in the atlantic ocean and a disturbance in the gulf of mexico are being monitored but they are not expected to have any impact on our area at this time.

Tonight: isolated evening storms then turning mostly clear to partly cloudy.

Lows in the mid to low 70s.

Some patchy fog is possible.

Summary: standard late july weather is here and that means heat, humidity, and scattered storms mainly during the heating of the day.

A bicyclist has died after being hit by a truck this afternoon in tupelo// it happened just after 12-30 this afternoon on south gloster between barkley court and green tee road// tupelo police say the driver of a chevy truck was heading south on gloster when it hit the bicycle as it crossed traffic// a man on the bike was pronounced dead at the scene// police say the driver of the pickup is cooperating with police// the accident is still under investigation// the victim's name is not being released at this time// a couple of scary hours for tupelo parents has a happy ending// little cody laster was reported missing this morning// police say he and his dog went into the woods in the red circle area// tupelo police and the fire department got to work looking for the 6-year-old// and just after noon he was found safe and sound with his pup and the fire department snapped this photo of the duo// tupelo police are investigating the armed robbery of a fast food restaurant.

It was around midnight when the kentucky fried chicken on north gloster and west jackson street was robbed.

Witnesses say two men entered the restaurant, wearing masks and displaying handguns.

The thieves made off with an undetermined amount of cash.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen anything unusual, or anyone with information on the suspects is asked to call 911.

Stinger columbus air force base is under new management..

We find out more about the new commander's blueprint for the base's future when we come back..

Columbus air force base welcomes a new commander..

Colonel seth graham is facing some unique challenges, but he's ready for take-off..

á ourá newest crew member tara wheeler has a look at his plans..

It's my pleasure to introduce the community to the new commander at columbus afb, col seth graham.

What a time to take this on in such an unprecedented time.... it's always challenging when you come into a new organization but with the pandemic it's a whole new level of complication but thankfully in my previous assignemnt i was dealing with these exact same things so i've got a little experience navigating these waters.

Aside from that, what are some of the challenges you want to tackle on base.

The air force has been operating at a deficit of pilots for a number of years.

It's our job here to produce pilots for the usaf so we're going to find new and innovative ways to do that and that's something we're going to have to tackle for years to come.

What are some of your goals with your time here... our goals here are building a team that are cohesive in building the best pilots in the usaf.

You just returned from instructor pilot training, what did you gainr from that experience that you can apply to this new role?

I got the exact same training that all the other instructor pilots in the t-38.

And obviously they do t-6 and t-1 training as well, i didn't do that, just the t-38.

I had the same training as all the instructors that come here.

Really all it is learning all the skills of not only how to fly the t-38, something i last did as a student pilot 20 years ago, but now i'm going to be up there flying with students and teaching them how to fly as well.

Learning how to not only do the maneuvers but talk the students through how to do it.

Here at the 14th flying training wing, the mission is to create the best pilots in the world.

What do you want the community to know about what these pilots are going through to earn their wings.

This is probably the toughest thing thes pilots will go through in their entire career.

It's a very intensive year long process that includes academics, testing, flights, simulators, lots of evaluatoins.

So there's an immense amount of stress for them to perform.

Also these are dreams coming true.

For me personally in 1986 i watched top gun and decided as a 12 year old i wanted to be a pilot.

So i would imagine for a lot of students have the same life-long goals so there's a lot of stress to achieve that and fly the plane you've dreamed of flying.

We're merit based here so the better you perform, the more likely you are to get the fly the plane that you desire so there's competition and stress they have to deal with i can tell you a couple of decades after that, my husband watched top gun and now he's here hoping to be one of the best pilots in the air force.

Thank you for your time.

Looking forward to seeing what you'll do here on base.

Thanks for being here i appreciate it.

Stinger wx open summary: unsettled weather will remain in place through tuesday night with scattered rain and storm chances.

A cold front will sweep out the rain and humidity by mid morning wednesday leaving us with sunny and warm weather for the rest of the week and upcoming weekend.

Monday night: areas of showers will continue but gradually diminish in size and scope.

The threat of an isolated tornado should gradually end during the evening hours but we'll just have to monitor radar trends.

Look for a mild night with lows in the mid 70s.

Breezy se winds between 10 and 25 mph.

Tuesday: mostly cloudy with showers lingering first thing in the day.

A mix of sun and clouds is expected to develop as time goes on but that could lead to a few more showers or storms. highs are going to push 90?

With higher heat indices at times.

Winds ssw 10-20 mph.

Tuesday night: a cold front may spark a line of showers and storms after midnight.

While we can't rule out a few isolated strong storms most spots will not experience anything too rough.

Lows will be in the low to mid 70s.

Wednesday: any rain chance should move east by mid morning allowing sunnier and less humid conditions to build in on the heels of westerly winds.

Highs top out in the mid 80s.

Wednesday night: clear and refreshing.

Lows in the low 60s.

Thursday-monday: mostly sunny to partly cloudy, warm, and dry.

Highs in the upper 80s to around 90 with overnight lows mainly in the low to mid 60s.

Follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, instagram, and the wcbi news app summary: standard late july weather is here and that means heat, humidity, and scattered storms mainly during the heating of the day.

This will be the general weather pattern into next week.

Topical storm gonzalo in the atlantic ocean and a disturbance in the gulf of mexico are being monitored but they are not expected to have any impact on our area at this time.

Tonight: isolated evening storms then turning mostly clear to partly cloudy.

Lows in the mid to low 70s.

Some patchy fog is possible.

Wednesday- monday: pop-up showers and storms from late morning through early to mid evening.

We're going to keep rain chances around 30% each day but that may go up and down just a bit depending on how things evolve.

Look for highs in the mid 90s with heat indices over 100?.

Lows will stay in the 70s.

Stay connected with @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, instagram and the wcbi news app summary: take vo off top thousands of pounds of catfish--and it was all free.

"catfish express" from inverness, mississippi brought this truckload of whole catfish to columbus today to give away to the public.

The truck was parked at st.

James united church on military road this afternoon, loaded with more than 8- thousand pounds of catfish.

People lined up with coolers, trashbags, and buckets for an easy catch.

Catfish farmer leigh holland partnered with a local minister for the giveaway.

Stinger it may be a new coach and a new playbook..

But it's the same átopperá pride..

The high school football tour takes a swing through chickasaw county when we come back... spx open a new era is underway for the hilltoppers as they enter the 2020 season.

With ty hardin now at tupelo enters head coach baylor dampeer.

Dampeer has spent the last 3 seasons as offensive coordinator at itawamba ahs and is ready to bring his style of play to houston.

"it's been exciting going to a new place and i grew up that way a little bit.

I've been to a few different places and just getting to know the kids which has been tough during this time but now that we finally got started that's been as good as anything."

"they come out here and work harder than we do.

They know their stuff."

"he came in here and changed the whole program up.

Doing new things, and we're looking forward to getting better this season and getting past these games.

Get a state championship."

New faces will be on the field making plays this season as well.

Despite graduating a big senior class that includes msu bulldog calvin mcmillan, the topp expectations haven't changed.

"we're young in spots, but we have a good senior group that i think will help lift those kids up.

They'll rise up with that senior group.

The kids expect to win.

We expect to win.

That's the plan."

"calvin was a good player.

We just have to try to fill his shoes the best way we can.

You can't find talent like that everyday."

"just come out here and win and play as hard as we can.

No matter who we play though.

Don't be scared.

We gone get after you.

We got some young players that are good.

They're going to come out here and make sure you got it!"

Despite the changes surrounding the team, the players wouldn't ask for it to be any other way!

"i feel like they're sleep on us, but that's what we want them to do.

We got something for them this year."

"we're a scrappy bunch.

We have a lot to prove.

We had a bunch of people with injuries last year.

We lost a lot of seniors last year, but we're ready to work."

The young bucks will be put to the test as houston competes in tough division that features perrinial powers choctaw county and last year's 3a north half champs, noxubee county.

"noxubee county, choctaw, hatley, aberdeen.

It's a tough league, so if you can come out of the division, you're as prepared for the playoffs as you can be."

Houston hosts new hope to open the season september 4th.

With the hilltoppers on the high school football tour, chris bolton wcbi sports.

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