Joshua Mannery knew he wanted to be the Associated Student Body president since the moment he stepped foot on the University of Mississippi campus, and on Tuesday evening, he succeeded. With a voter turnout of 3,130 students, Mannery won 54% of the student vote in the first campus election to be held entirely online.

One death, more than 25 cases confirmed in Lafeyette county

Interactive map courtesy of Mississippi State Department of Health. Last updated April 8. Patients testing positive for COVID-19 before 6 p.m. are reported by MSDH the next day. Cases confirmed after 6 p.m. are reported two days after.

Reported COVID-19 cases in Mississippi by age group

  • <18
  • 18-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60-69
  • 70-79
  • 80-89
  • >90

As of Saturday morning, data from the Mississippi State Department of Health shows significant COVID-19 infections in many age groups. Updated on April 8

  • Members of the community can donate to the Rebel Relief campaign to support the university in helping members of the Ole Miss community, including mental health services, emergency funds and academic support. Donate here:


  • The Student Health Center will continue operating for urgent care and sick visits only. Students should call ahead to schedule an appointment.

Food Security

  • Grab-n-Go bags of food are available while supplies last outside of the food bank entrance at 213 Kinard Hall.
  • Volunteers at The Pantry will bring items to cars on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. The Pantry is located at 713 Molly Barr Rd.

UMatter, a university program for the university community, supports students in many ways beyond this list. Visit their website for more information.

Cars wrapped around the Square on Wednesday as Mayor Robyn Tannehill and other volunteers passed out free hand sanitizer made by Cathead Distillery. Bottles were distributed, one per car, through a drive-thru station. Photo by Katherine Butler.

“Well-intentioned consolations that many others are in the same situation as me offer little comfort,” writes opinion editor Katie Dames. “We’re all in the same boat, but is it any more reassuring when that boat is sinking fast?”

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that hospitals in the state have about 3,000 beds, and projections show that almost 400 more beds will be needed when the state reaches its peak of the coronavirus outbreak in the next few weeks.

The state Health Department said 72% of Mississippi residents who have died of COVID-19 were black and 28% were white.

“All community members should stay at home except to perform essential duties for business continuity or government functions, to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care,or perform activities related to maintaining a healthy lifestyle during this time,” a statement from the city said.

In an effort to mitigate economic pain from the COVID-19 pandemic, the president recently signed a $2.2 trillion stimulus package that promised $1,200 to U.S. adults for themselves and $500 for each child they have. Few people have noticed, though, that the stimulus bill has a gap in the relief that will leave out most high school seniors, adults with disabilities and college students.

Keep in mind that these are truly unprecedented conditions. With your professors, with your food delivery workers, with your healthcare workers, with your friends and, above all, with yourself: be patient, be forgiving, and be kind.

It’s not a normal spring at UM. Students had to move out of university-owned housing before it closed indefinitely on Wednesday. Campus has emptied as the university added another week of spring break and announced classes would remain online for the rest of the semester. Signs announcing the closure of the union and the end of campus visits were taped to the doors of the union.

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