The head of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs has issued guidance on who should administer the CARES Act funds. Governor Tate Reeves, quoting the official in his Tuesday press conference, read the statement from the White House aloud which said, “I have consulted with the U.S. Department of Treasury and based on their interpretation, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act’s (also known as CARES Act) Coronavirus Relief Fund for State governments is intended to be administered by the Governor of each State.”
Governor Reeves was joined by Director of the Division of Medicaid Drew Snyder to discuss how they are handling the impact on hospitals and individuals at this time. Snyder said they have provided advancements to hospitals due to the lack of patients they have seen.
Snyder said they have moved to increase tele-health services in someone’s home, tablet or otherwise. He said they have also expanded what providers can be utilized.
MSDH: Coronavirus cases at 8207 with 342 deaths
Today MSDH is reporting 330 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, with 32 new deaths. The total of #coronavirus cases since March 11 is now 8,207, with 342 deaths. See more case details and important preventive steps at https://t.co/QP8mlJ41AN pic.twitter.com/EbTWdQT1A5
— MS Dept of Health (@msdh) May 5, 2020
By agreement of Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, the Mississippi Legislature will reconvene the 2020 Legislative Session at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2020.
Legislative leadership is working together on a plan to help small businesses across the State that are struggling amid COVID-19. Legislation establishing the program will set parameters and allocate funds to a State agency to administer.
Mississippi Freedom Rally on Coast features state lawmakers
Hospitals received $92 million in advanced payments through the Mississippi Hospital Access Program (MHAP) on May 1, and will receive $77 million in early Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments by May 14.
“Medicaid is a critical component of the healthcare system, and we are committed to assisting our frontline healthcare professionals in the fight against COVID-19 by leveraging available resources,” said Drew Snyder, DOM executive director.
Old Trade Mart converted into PPE sanitization area
Glad to be part of the solution! A joint team of @MSEMA and @msdh has begun deploying these PPE sanitization systems inside the original Mississippi Trade Mart. The facility will be used to sanitize and reissue reusable PPE to Mississippi hospitals and healthcare workers. pic.twitter.com/wyPiPbFjPV
— Commissioner Andy Gipson (@CommAndyGipson) May 6, 2020
A recent survey produced by the Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi Manufacturers Association and Mississippi Economic Development Council polled Mississippi businesses to find out how they were doing since the COVID-19 shut down.
Just over 1,000 businesses in the state completed the survey which touched on how they have been impacted throughout the last two months.
In the survey, nearly 58 percent of businesses said they were deemed “essential” by the Governor’s executive order, but still saw negative impacts from the shut downs. However, on the positive side, many of those businesses were not forced to lay off workers during this time and have been able to function under certain safety measures.
Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs, Jr. addressed the city’s plans for reopening after Governor Tate Reeves lifted some restrictions Monday.
Flaggs said Vicksburg is projected to lose $2.8 million in revenue over last year. He says this may mean city employees may need a 20% decrease in salaries.
Flaggs says another option is switching to a 32-hour work week.
Wicker not surprised China hid information
Surprised? I’m not. https://t.co/hJ3WbnLBAn
— Senator Roger Wicker (@SenatorWicker) May 5, 2020
Congressman Kelly gets tested as Toyota plant reopens
— Trent Kelly (@RepTrentKelly) May 5, 2020