Coronavirus in Mississippi: Two more deaths in Mississippi, state total increases to 847 cases

March 30, 2020, The Clarion Ledger, Sarah Fowler – The state Health Department announced 89 new cases of the coronavirus in Mississippi Monday, bringing the state’s total to 847 in 75 of 82 counties, with 16 deaths. Desoto County currently has the highest number of confirmed cases in the state with 77, while Hinds County has 74. The deaths have been reported in Amite, Desoto, Hancock, Harrison, Holmes, Lee, Leflore, Perry, Rankin, Sunflower, Tippah, Tunica, Webster and Wilkinson counties. Tippah and Wilkinson counties have each reported two deaths. Click here to view the story.

Gov. Tate Reeves defends handling of the COVID-19 crisis; talks Medicaid expansion, Trump and his co

March 30, 2020, Mississippi Today, Adam Ganucheau – Gov. Tate Reeves sat down with Mississippi Today on Friday, March 27, for a podcast interview about his response to the coronavirus outbreak. In the 45-minute interview, Reeves answered questions about decisions he’s made as the virus has spread in Mississippi, how prepared the state of Mississippi is for a “worst case scenario,” how he believes politics has played into criticism he’s received and whether the health care crisis has changed his perspective on Medicaid expansion. Click here to view the story.

America Will Learn From COVID-19

March 29, 2020, The Clarion Ledger, Lynn Evans – COVID-19 is doing plenty of damage even with social distancing. Many US hospitals, including Mississippi hospitals, are scrambling to get enough ventilators and protective equipment for their health care professionals as the number of the seriously ill goes up. And especially in states like Mississippi that did not expand Medicaid, there will be more and more people hospitalized who have no health insurance and no way to pay their bill. Click here to view the story.

Reeves chooses ‘economics over public health’ in COVID-19 crisis, former MEMA head says

March 28, 2020, SunHerald, Anita Lee – Lee Smithson watches the coronavirus pandemic spread from the safe remove of his family’s two acres on a lake in Madison. He watches with the trained eye of a warrior and emergency response leader, having served his nation overseas and at home. He shakes his head in disbelief over what Gov. Tate Reeves has done and, more importantly not done, as he follows President Donald Trump’s lead. Click here to view the story.

HHS Warns States Not To Put People With Disabilities At The Back Of The Line For Care

March 28, 2020, NPR, Joseph Shapiro – With coronavirus cases continuing to climb and hospitals facing the prospect of having to decide how to allocate limited staff and resources, the Department of Health and Human Services is reminding states and health care providers that civil rights laws still apply in a pandemic. States are preparing for a situation when there’s not enough care to go around by issuing “crisis of care” standards. But disability groups are worried that those standards will allow rationing decisions that exclude the elderly or people with disabilities. Click here to view the story.

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