YP – Governor Reeves provides storm recovery, COVID-19 updates

Governor Tate Reeves provided storm recovery and coronavirus updates in his Wednesday press conference.

The Governor also shared details on two new programs to help keep people from losing their homes and assist essential workers in emergency child care.

Governor Reeves to meet with President Trump and COVID-19 Task Force

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YP – MDHS, MSDH announce plans for providing childcare options for emergency, essential personnel

The Mississippi Department of Human Services has joined with the Mississippi State Department of Health to provide much-needed childcare services for emergency and essential personnel who would otherwise not have access to it because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Childcare Crisis Assistance in Isolation Response Plan (CCAIR) is designed to serve as temporary, emergency childcare facilities during this crisis period for families that include, but are not limited to, first responders, emergency personnel, emergency support personnel, essential government personnel, and health care professionals responding to public need who cannot isolate at home. These sites are not intended to last for extended periods of time. However, CCAIR sites will be required to meet basic health and safety requirements.

YP – Governor Tate Reeves Announces COVID-19 Assistance for Homeowners and First Responders

MHC has reopened the Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) to provide short-term mortgage assistance to those who have lost employment or income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will allow MHC to pay monthly mortgage payment assistance. People can submit applications through an online portal here: mshomesaver.com.

“I saw firsthand the homes that were lost to the tornadoes this weekend. It breaks my heart. There are more who are at risk of losing their homes to our nation’s economic crisis. We can’t stop the wind from blowing, but we can try to stop more from losing these homes,” said Governor Tate Reeves.

YP – Congressman Michael Guest outlines major components of CARE Act

“We hope to be able to return to the economy we were seeing earlier this year,” said Guest. Before this pandemic there was discussion that this was the best economy the U.S. had seen in years with record low inflation.

Guest said if you are a small business owner looking to take advantage of the loans appropriated in the CARE Act, reach out to your local bank. The Payday Protection Loans will be available through those entities. He said being able to use local banks would allow them to get the money out to small businesses faster.

Speaker Gunn provides Wednesday update

MEMA releases preliminary damage reports

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MS Bankers report $1.9 billion in PPP loans

YP – MS Community College Foundation Receives $300,000 grant

YP – Mississippi GOP Congressmen cosponsor resolution to hold China accountable for Coronavirus

The resolution also calls for China to publicly state that there is no evidence that COVID-19 originated from outside China and the World Health Organization to retract misleading statements of support for China’s response to COVID-19.

Mississippi Congressmen Steven Palazzo (MS-4), Trent Kelly (MS-1), and Michael Guest (MS-3) are listed among the 53 cosponsors of H. Res 907.  Two Democrats have joined in the resolution as well – Rep. Seth Moulton (MA) and Rep. Mike Rogers (AL).  Mississippi Democrat Congressman Bennie Thompson (MS-2) is not listed as a cosponsor.

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DAILY JOURNAL – Wicker: Country needs “every bit of stimulus we can afford”

Roger Wicker

Wicker also said he supports ending state and other mandates halting elective surgeries. The Tupelo senator said these procedures could ease “cash flow problems” for healthcare providers that can safely provide them without risking patient health or exhausting protective equipment supplies.

“We need to trust our doctors and administrators to take the necessary precautions to protect people,” Wicker said. “If they think they can do that, I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.”

But looking beyond additional “relief” measures that may be required by ongoing economic struggles, such as a skyrocketing unemployment rate, Wicker is eager to start looking at “recovery” efforts.

And he doesn’t think the time for something like a big, ambitious infrastructure bill is too far off.

Sen. Hyde-Smith: Democrats must stop blocking new PPP funding