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Mississippi sets another record for new covid-19 cases in one day... the state department of health is reporting is reporting two thousand 480 new cases today, along with 37 new deaths.

One thousand 160 people are in mississippi hospitals with confirmed or suspected cornavirus symptoms. 277 of those patients are in i.c.u.

In our area, lee county has the most new cases with 101.

Itawamaba, lowndes, and monroe counties are all reporting 40 new cases.

Lafayette has 33.

Oktibbeha and union both have 28.

We haven't heard from the governor since tuesday's briefing.

That was the day before cases started reaching above 2,000.

Today, courtney ann jackson sat down with him to talk about where things stand.

"i go to bed wondering about the numbers.

And i wake up wondering about the numbers."

Governor tate reeves has faced criticism for not taking more steps to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

He's repeatedly said he doesn't believe any one thing is the answer or silver bullet.

So, i asked- is there a combination of things that we aren't doing that we could?

" i don't think that there is any combination of things that reduces the spread of the virus to a level that most of us would consider as acceptable.

The fact is we've got a try to get the vast majority of people to participate in the things that we know that works."

"at any point over the course of the maybe last week as we've seen hospitalizations where they are, the cases where they are, have you looked at the data and said somethings just not working?"

"when you ask the question is it not working, it's certainly not working to be extent that any of us would like for it to which would drop the case numbers down to zero but i do think it's working compared to what the numbers otherwise would be if we didn't do these little things and we didn't have significant participation."

As for more statewide orders- he says he doesn't think you'll ever convince everyone to avoid all social gathering doesn't think it's a realistic ask for long periods of time.

"we got to make sure that anything we do that we do it in such a way that people can adhere to it.

Because when you ask people to do something that they don't think it's realistic and when you ask people to do something that they just can't comply with, or maybe they quit complying with everything and i think we've got a guard against that."

Reeves says it's a constant battle to figure out what's the right thing to do.

" exceptionally challenging year.i feel like i've probably aged 25 years in the last 25 weeks dealing with some exceptionally difficult decisions but not only have i ever dealt with b first look stinger aside from an isolated shower or two on sunday, the next several days will be rain- free.

We'll see plenty of sun with temperatures staying cool.

Friday night: clouds will continue to exit, leaving us mostly clear by sunrise.

Temperatures will fall to near 32 with a light west- northwesterly wind.

Saturday: the weekend will start off on a cool note with highs in the mid to upper 50s on saturday.

Skies will remain mostly sunny with a light northwesterly wind.

Sunday: clouds will build back into the area on sunday, but we could still see some peeks of school districts in north mississippi are gearing up for the christmas break.

With a recent surge in covid-19 cases, 'how' students will continue learning in the spring semester is a growing concern.

There's the possibility that dozens of students and faculty members could be exposed to coronavirus during the holiday's.

Our stephanie poole speaks with administrators on what they believe will best serve students.

Schools are preparing for christmas break.

Superintendent jeff clay with aberdeen school district says there's the potential for another surge in covid-19 cases.

"we made the decision after thanksgiving we were going to go full virtual.

We've seen a rise in the number of students and staff that we've had to quarantine."

Stand-up: students are currently on an all virtual schedule.

Clay says students will continue this model the first week in january.

" the 5th through the 8th we will be full virtual and we will monitor the numbers during that week and if we see the numbers rising then we can make a decision based on the numbers and data that we have.

If there's a need for us to go virtual extended past january 8th, we'll do that."

In west point, principal richard bryant of fifth street school says having a lower number of students on campus lowers the chance of exposure.

" we have about a third of our students who are actually in class each day so we're able to maintain social distancing."

Bryant says parents will have the option to continue virtual or hybrid learning.

" we will have part of students coming tuesdays and thursday's.

The other half comes on wednesday's and friday's, with monday being a virtual day for everyone."

Between the different models, administrators are focused on the quality of education and student achievement.

" we're trying to engage our kids right now through the means that we have.

All of our students have devices and we have zoom accounts that they can have virtual class."

Butt sots " the best thing for students is to be in school with a good teacher.

All school districts and all teachers are working really hard to make sure students get what they need to get."

Reporting in monroe county ,stephanie poole, wcbi news.

Both school districts will continue to release updated information.

Three more people are facing charges in a lowndes county shooting that left a man with serious injuries.

A total of five people have not been arrested in the case.

Investigators arrested 34-year old mark gann junior thursday in the parking lot of a store on military road .

Last week, they arrested two men and charged them both with conspiracy to commit murder: 36- year-old john david reeves and 38-year-old stephen cody james.

The three also face various other charges including conspiracy to commit burglary, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of methamphetamine.

The shooting happened on november 19th at a house on old west point road.

A 26- year-old man was airlifted from the scene.

Witnesses told investigators there was an argument inside the house before the gunfire.

Two other people, 37-year-old kevin parker and 34-year- old steven carley, were arrested just days after the incident.

The investigation into the shooting continues.

A string of car burglaries over the past week spanning three different counties in northern mississippi has prompted a joint investigation by five different law enforcement agencies.

Wcbi news reporter stephen pimpo talked with investigators today and has the story.

Joint investigation targets string of car burglaries.

Sheriff david gore, webster county sheriff's departmen "open the door, grab it and go that's all it's taken for thieves to pull off a rash of car burglaries across webster, choctaw and oktibbiha counties.

"guns were stolen, credit cards, different items of value were stolen."

Webster county sheriff david gore says the first incident happened last friday night in a neighborhood on bland road.

Gore says three others followed including two in the city of mathiston.

The oktibbeha county sheriff's department says they have had between 7 and 8 vehicle burglaries.

Ackerman police reported similar robberies on monday and thursday.

"i can't say with 100 percent certainty that all are connected but we do know enough of them that are."

Those connections prompted the join investigation between the sheriff's departments of webster, oktibbeha and choctaw counties as well as ackerman and mathiston police.

"pretty much all vehicle burglaries in front of a residential dwelling and immediately, that being said, that got all of us to thinking and looking for certain things."

Gore says thieves stole 12-15 guns along with credit cards, tools and other valuables.

The oktibbeha county sheriff's department says thieves have taken guns and cash.

Ackerman police say suspects have simply been checking for open doors late at night.

"we have one suspect that we are looking for.

We have other suspects who we have talked with and we are forming a case on this as the investigation continues...the message to the public is simple "please, keep your vehicles locked."

In webster county...stephen pimpo wcbi news.

The webster county sheriff's department says they plan to release more information next week.

Off top some houston residents will need to boil their water for the next few days.

The houston palestine water association issued a boil water notice earlier today.

The alert is for those who live on dogwood road, ramey road, and gilmore chapel road.

Make sure you boil your water for at least 1 minute before using it.

For more information, you can contact the number on your screen.

Stinger aside from an isolated shower or two on sunday, the next several days will be rain- free.

We'll see plenty of sun with temperatures staying cool.

Friday night: clouds will continue to exit, leaving us mostly clear by sunrise.

Temperatures will fall to near 32 with a light west- northwesterly wind.

Saturday: the weekend will start off on a cool note with highs in the mid to upper 50s on saturday.

Skies will remain mostly sunny with a light northwesterly wind.

Sunday: clouds will build back into the area on sunday, but we could still see some peeks of sunshine.

A shower or two is possible south of highway 82, but most of us won't have to deal with any rain.

Morning lows will be in the mid 30s with afternoon highs in the mid 50s.

Monday-friday: temperatures will remain cool for the upcoming workweek with highs in the 50s and 60s.

Overnight lows will remain in the 30s, with a few areas reaching the upper 20s on tuesday morning.

Aside from a few passing clouds, skies will remain mostly sunny until friday, when a few showers are possible.

To get the latest forecast anytime, download the wcbi news app or visit our website at

You can also get the latest weather updates on facebook, twitter, and instagram.

Aside from an isolated shower or two on sunday, the next several days will be rain- free.

We'll see plenty of sun with stinger after the break, the latest on the after the break, the latest on the coronavirus vaccine.

More on that coming up .

Stay with us.

Cash 3 lottery gfx goes here in the coming weeks, two coronavirus vaccines will go before the fda for emergency use authorization review.

Many public health experts say widespread vaccination plays a critical role in ending this pandemic.

Laura podesta has more on what you need to know about the vaccines.

Trt 1:55 several coronavirus vaccines are in development, but the two ready for approval are from pfizer and from moderna..

While the science unprecedented and quicker than ever.

The clinical trials are as rigorous and as detailed as they were for measles and polio, and diphtheria.

Both vaccines are a new type called m-rna.

They contain genetic information, which instructs cells to produce harmless coronavirus proteins, to trigger an immune response.

Dr. ruth karron is with the johns hopkins bloomberg school of public health.

94 95% efficacy against any covid disease and 100% efficacy against severe disease.

Both trials enrolled tens of thousands of people.

Both makers have reported the vaccines were well-tolerated.

Dr. barry bloom is with the harvard t- h chan school of public health.

He says understands the public questioning the vaccines and that's good to do.

But with testing on such a large group, the evidence supports vaccination.

You have no serious side effects, at least during the period of the trial, and you have 95 or 4% protection against disease that's killing people, filling up hospitals, paralyzing the healthcare system in this country.

Think seriously about the risks and the benefits.

There are some unknowns&whethe r the vaccines can ?prevent?


It's not time to throw away your mask or start congregating again.

It could be that these vaccines protect you, protect your neighbor by preventing spread from one person to another, but we don't know that yet.

The other big unknown long will protection last.

Laura podesta, cbs news.

Both vaccines require two doses to achieve protection.

Moderna's two doses are given a month apart, and pfizer's are given three weeks apart.

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