The Reflector staff is committed to keeping our community informed during this pandemic.

Battling COVID-19 by compiling and providing information is a responsibility that we take seriously.

Here are several links that we find to be of critical importance:

 

CDC COVID-19 Homepage - National details from the Center for Disease Control

MSDH COVID-19 Homepage - State details from the Mississippi State Department of Health

MSDH Prevention Guidelines - Safety details for individuals to help curb infection

MSU COVID-19 Campus Testing - Reports directly from Mississippi State University

WHO COVID-19 - Global details from the World Heath Organization

 

Below are official Reflector articles that involve COVID-19.
They include stories from all sections, including Life/News/Opinion/Sports.

 

We're always interested in hearing about news in our community. Let us know what's going on!

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Mississippi State University's Joe Frank Sanderson Center reopened for the fall semester with adaptations to meet health and safety guidelines for COVID-19. These changes include online or in-app reservations for individual and group workouts as well as distancing in group classes and heavy …

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COVID-19 has brought many changes to the city of Starkville, including the way in which local small businesses operate. Some businesses have flourished during the onset of COVID-19, while others have seen a decline in their operations and are now functioning on a limited capacity.

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The crowd noise grows with the intensity of the game as 200-300 fans watch Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi battle it out in esports on the massive scoreboard in Humphrey Coliseum. 

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With the spread of COVID-19 still rampant, Mississippi State University made the decision to resume normal campus procedures all within the boundaries of certain health and safety guidelines. Where the campus was essentially a ghost town from March to July of this strange and confusing year,…

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During the unprecedented time of COVID-19, bicycle shops, like Boardtown Bikes of Starkville, are facing many unforeseen challenges. The local business has dealt with a massive demand since schools and businesses shut down earlier this year and has been unable to keep a steady inventory of b…

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When Mississippi State University Student Association executives were sworn into office this past March, no one could predict the unique challenges this year would bring. The current executive members of SA have had to adapt and lead in a way perhaps no MSU Student Association has before. In…

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As Mississippi State University students return to campus, the stress of transitioning back to college life amidst COVID-19 hangs heavy in the air. Moving back to a familiar place can create an illusion of "normal life" that is a stark contrast to the reality of the world. Between juggling a…

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With the arrival of COVID-19, many colleges and universities across the nation are finding newer and safer ways to resume class instruction. From completely online to other hybrid methods, these uncertain times have produced some unconventional methods of both learning and teaching for our s…

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College during a pandemic is an absolute chaotic thing to figure out for the students, their families and the universities. There have been a variety of small solutions implemented to help solve the larger problem, one of them being HyFlex classes.

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As masks and social distancing become the new normal, online education is sparking the interest of many educators and students. What was formerly a costly option for long-distance students and those looking to avoid classroom settings has now become a necessary reality for us all due to the …

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Within two weeks of the return of Mississippi State University students to campus, six MSU Greek houses have been required to quarantine due to COVID-19 outbreaks in their chapters. 

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"Starkville wouldn't be Starkville without the kids. I love having them in town. This is just a time when we want you to be a little more cautious," Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill said of the return of Mississippi State University students to campus.   

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Mississippi State University has over 15 club sports. This semester, things will look a little different for the students involved in these clubs. Teams will not be able to travel or play games. However, starting on Aug. 24, the various teams will be able to start practicing. Teams will sche…

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According to an analysis of data by Robert Fairlie at the University of California, Santa Cruz, 41% of Black business owners reported they were not working in April, while only 17% of their white counterparts reported they were not working.  

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Mississippi State University Libraries is creating a COVID-19 digital archive where MSU students, faculty and Starkville residents can document materials that tell a story about their experiences during the pandemic.

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Mississippi State University released an article stating they would be looking into "innovative and best alternative practices" in regard to athletics. MSU Athletic Director John Cohen discussed the options the university is considering for the football season this fall. 

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Major points in history are often defined and preserved within the writings of people experiencing such seismic movements of the time, often with these people not even realizing the scope of their situation. For our generation, the COVID-19 pandemic is arguably the most monumental moment thi…

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"What I can tell you with a great deal of confidence is that it might not have been the exact right thing to do, but it was not the wrong thing to do. So from my perspective, it was better to have aired on the side of greater caution," Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill said of the city's earlier…

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In the Southeastern Conference, football is the culture, the community and the passion. At Mississippi State University, football unites students, alumni and fans across the nation. While one's education is important, many students choose to attend universities in the Southeastern Conference…

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Earlier this month, State Urgent Care of Starkville announced they would begin offering COVID-19 antibody testing. Before the antibody testing was made available, State Urgent Care only tested using the nasal swab method to tell whether a symptomatic patient was positive or negative for COVI…

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During this COVID-19 pandemic, people have lost jobs, have been isolated and have passed away, but we have learned many things about ourselves as humans. We have learned the importance of having toilet paper and being good neighbors. We have learned things we should have already known, such …

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In March, the Trump administration signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or the CARES Act, into law. This act offered a $2 trillion stimulus package designated for taxpayers and small businesses that have been economically impacted by the arrival of COVID-19. However,…

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These days, many people have much more free time on their hands. There are countless ways to stave off feelings of boredom during this newfound free time, but perhaps one of the most fruitful is to interact with the local art community. Thanks to the internet and social media, people can dig…

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Since the COVID-19 outbreak, there has been a worldwide struggle to provide enough masks for health care workers and facilities. The people of Starkville, Mississippi have come together to create a Facebook community to help those in need. The group, "Starkville SEW Strong," was created by m…

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When the issue of government control during this present crisis is discussed, one cannot avoid this simple fact: China's excessive governmental overreach may have directly caused and certainly exacerbated this catastrophe. According to Isabel Togoh of Forbes, the U.S. Department of Homeland …

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It is no secret the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the way people around the world interact with one another. Humans crave social interaction, and Mississippi State University students are no different. Students have had to get creative in order to stay connected with each other …

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The coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing hysteria the virus brought with it has sent the U.S. into a tailspin across nearly every aspect of American life. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 6,000 points from an all-time high in February. Thousands of Americans have died as a result of …

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Mississippi State University's campus may be barren due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but several hundred students are still residing at MSU, getting food from the Perry cafeteria and doing their homework in their dorms as if it was any other semester.

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In any given year, creativity is a defining trait of Mississippi State University's graduating class of graphic design majors. However, this year's group of seniors stretched the word "creativity" past the limits of a global pandemic, as they successfully transferred their senior exhibition …

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COVID-19 has upended the lives of countless college students, and students at Mississippi State University are no different. The virus has also created feelings of stress and anxiety for many people, especially students. Most have now had to transition to living back at home with their paren…

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In the wake of the ongoing pandemic, people all over the world have found themselves making countless adjustments. From newfound work routines, Zoom birthday parties and home-barista endeavours, everyone is working to redefine "normal." During the extended hours spent at home, many Starkvill…

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As many states' stay-at-home orders persist through the month of April, people across the country have been exploring new and creative hobbies. Baking bread, sewing and binge-watching are a few of the ways some are filling the sudden influx of free time. 

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In the past few weeks, we have truly seen the world go to heck in a handbasket as widespread panic has coerced people across the U.S. into snatching up cleaning supplies, paper products, non-perishables and various other groceries in order to brace for a potential lockdown crisis. Shelves al…

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It seems no one will go unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and Starkville is no exception. The mayor and the board of aldermen of Starkville passed a resolution on March 20 declaring a civil state of emergency and called for certain businesses and public places to adhere to a strict set of…

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Mississippi State University students and faculty have worked in the university's Paul B. Jacob High Voltage Laboratory this week to convert over 500 battery-powered ventilators to AC power. These converted ventilators will be used for medical relief from the systemic stresses of COVID-19 at…

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Mississippi State University announced Monday that they would be going to an optional pass/fail grading system. According to the university press release, students will be allowed to choose per individual course to keep their actual letter grade or to change their grade to an S, P or U.

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The declaration of a world pandemic has put a hold on all, hopefully, personal social interaction and caused a specific type of panic among college students. The switch to online instruction has blindsided students as they approach the end of the spring semester. The sudden change of habit h…

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In a March 26 press release, Mississippi State University reported a total of five members of the MSU community with positive cases of COVID-19. According to Chief Communications Officer Sid Salter, there has since been one new case of confirmed COVID-19 in a student. 

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When Mississippi State University students packed their bags and left Starkville for spring break a few weeks ago, they did not know they would not be coming back. 

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“Their will is very hard to break, and I’m sure they’ll get out of it even stronger,” Andrea Melchiorre, an MSU graduate student from Milan, Italy, said of Italy and their citizens' fight against the COVID-19 virus currently tearing through their country. 

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Over the past few months, the outbreak of the Coronavirus has affected businesses and individuals across the world. As the virus reaches the United States, local officials have made it a priority to prepare for potential threats that could surface in the Starkville community. Mississippi Sta…

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Over the past few weeks, people have garnered major frenzy over the recent outbreak of the infamous coronavirus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the coronavirus disease has been around for over 50 years, mostly found in animals like camels, cattle, cats and bats;…

 

 

 

 

 

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