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Mississippi child suspected of having a rare illness linked to COVID-19

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Doctors suspect that a Mississippi child has a rare illness thought to be connected to recovery from COVID-19.

For the most part children are largely spared by the virus. Most children who contract COVID-19 only suffer very mild symptoms, and only those with underlying health problems have been hospitalized. In Mississippi, 4.7% of cases and no deaths from the virus have been reported in children 18 years of age and younger. Of the 488 cumulative juvenile cases reported since March 11, only 17 have required hospitalization.

The illness, called pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome, is similar to Kawasaki’s disease, which is an immune reaction that causes inflammation in the blood vessels and can cause lasting heart damage, according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders. The syndrome’s symptoms include high fever, abdominal pain, skin rashes, swollen lymph nodes and a strawberry-red tongue.

“It’s primarily in kids less than five years of age,” said State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs during Gov. Tate Reeves daily Facebook update Thursday.

“We will start collecting case reports from physicians. It’s been becoming a reportable condition now in Mississippi. Physicians need to tell us so we can then report it on the CDC. Thus far, we have one suspected case of this syndrome that we are looking into right now.”

About 100 cases of the syndrome have been diagnosed in the U.S., making it exceedingly rare, and three children are thought to have died from the it. At this point, the syndrome has not been conclusively linked to COVID-19, although preliminary tests show COVID-19 antibodies in the majority of the victims, and a recent study from Italy has shown a strong association.

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Alabama’s coach Nick Saban and Greg Byrne test positive for COVID-19

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University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and UA Athletic Director Greg Byrne have tested positive for COVID-19.

“I found out earlier this afternoon that I had tested positive for COVID-19,” Saban said Wednesday in statement from the university. “I immediately left work and isolated at home. At this time, I do not have any symptoms relative to COVID, and I have taken another PCR test to confirm my diagnosis.”

Byrne also released a statement Wednesday.

“Today, I received notice that my COVID-19 test from this morning came back positive,” Byrne said. “Upon hearing the news, I immediately entered self-isolation and will remain at home and follow all guidelines. We’ve been diligent about mask wearing and social distancing from the start and want to continue to encourage you all to take the necessary precautions to help stop the spread of this virus for yourself and those around you.”

No. 2 Alabama is set to play No. 3 Georgia Saturday. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will fill in as interim head coach during Saban’s absence.

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Vicksburg police arrest a knife-wielding suspect for meth possession

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A knife-wielding South Carolina man was arrested Wednesday in Vicksburg.

Police officers responded to a report of a man waving a large knife in the 3300 block of Clay Street. They found that Joshua Lisk, of Westminster, South Carolina, was in possession of methamphetamine.

Lisk appeared in Vicksburg Municipal Court Wednesday on charges of meth possession. Judge Penny Lawson set his bond at $50,000 and bound him over to the Warren County grand jury.

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Ole Miss football team dealing with COVID-19 issues

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Ole Miss football is having problems with COVID-19.

After multiple sources reported the news, head coach Lane Kiffin confirmed it.

“For the first time, we are having an issue with that,” Kiffin said at a press conference. “I’m not going to get into the numbers. It’s very difficult moving people around, and we’re already beat up to from high play count Saturday versus great team.”

The Rebels are scheduled to take on the University of Arkansas Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Fayetteville, Arkansas. If the game needs to be postponed, it will have to be done by Friday.

Most of the Rebels key players, including quarterback Matt Corral and wide receiver Elijah Moore, were at practice Wednesday, a positive sign for Ole Miss. The Rebels are 1-2 and is are expected to win Saturday’s game if COVID-19 doesn’t force multiple players to sit it out.

An announcement on whether Ole Miss will play this week can be expected no later than tomorrow.

 

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