President Trump signs COVID relief, federal funding package
Statement from the White House:
“…I will sign the Omnibus and Covid package with a strong message that makes clear to Congress that wasteful items need to be removed. I will send back to Congress a redlined version, item by item, accompanied by the formal rescission request to Congress insisting that those funds be removed from the bill.
“I am signing this bill to restore unemployment benefits, stop evictions, provide rental assistance, add money for PPP, return our airline workers back to work, add substantially more money for vaccine distribution, and much more.
“On Monday the House will vote to increase payments to individuals from $600 to $2,000. Therefore, a family of four would receive $5,200. Additionally, Congress has promised that Section 230, which so unfairly benefits Big Tech at the expense of the American people, will be reviewed and either be terminated or substantially reformed…”
MSDH daily COVID-19 reporting
Today MSDH is reporting 1,365 more cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, 41 deaths, and 235 ongoing outbreaks in long-term care facilities. The total of #covid19 cases for the year is now 206,388, with 4,606 deaths. Case details and prevention guidance at https://t.co/YCv9xPyJDk pic.twitter.com/4rZ1wLWaZM
— MS Dept of Health (@msdh) December 27, 2020
WTOK – MSDH reviewing ‘Crisis Standards of Care’ to keep hospitals going in case of emergency declaration
Mississippi’s top doctor says the state department of health is reviewing its ‘Crisis Standards of Care.’
That’s the state’s response and planning framework for medical services in the event of an emergency declaration.
In other words, if hospitals get another wave of sick patients, the state is trying to figure out how to stay afloat.
“We’re revisiting our Crisis Standards of Care,” State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs said in a press conference this week. “Let me speak plainly. It’s bad and it will get even worse.”
MEMA director released from hospital
Mr. Michel looks forward to being back at work as soon as he can. In the meantime, he’ll be spending a restful Christmas at home.” – Malary White, MEMA Director of External Affairs (2/2)
— msema (@MSEMA) December 24, 2020
Trump to campaign for Loeffler, Perdue on #GASen election eve
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 27, 2020
As we move into 2021, Biloxi has several major projects in the pipeline, including two potential casino and entertainment proposals totaling $1.8 billion. Here to talk about that and other issues in his city, Biloxi Mayor FoFo Gilich.
Watch the full interview here.
WJTV – Three tornadoes touched down in Mississippi on Christmas Eve
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves is making clear, even before the start of the 2021 legislative session, that he opposes any big changes in the way the state conducts elections.
About 1.3 million Mississippi residents voted in the 2020 presidential race, and the vast majority cast their ballots on Election Day. Republican Secretary of State Michael Watson said the state issued about 248,000 absentee ballots. Some people voted absentee by mail, and some cast absentee ballots in-person at circuit clerk’s offices. Watson said absentee voting in 2020 was roughly double what it was during the 2016 presidential election.
In many places around Mississippi, people stood in long lines outside and inside precincts. The Republican governor said that he and his wife, Elee, stood in line more than an hour at a precinct near the Governor’s Mansion in downtown Jackson — and he said he was OK with that.
“I believe in the institution of Election Day, and I have said that from the beginning,” Reeves told reporters Dec. 14 at the Capitol, adding that he opposes expansion of mail-in voting.