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YP Daily Roundup 8/16/21

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YP – Gov. Reeves holds press conference on surge in COVID-19 numbers in Mississippi

Gov. Reeves gave an endorsement of the vaccine and says that they are safe and effective. He encourages people to get vaccinated and talk to doctors about vaccine and to make best decision for themselves and family.

“I want to be clear. I have been vaccinated. My mom’s been vaccinated. My dad’s been vaccinated. My grandma has been vaccinated. I believe the vaccines are safe, effective and the best tool to beat the virus,” stated Governor Reeves.

Though we have seen a rather significant increase in total number of vaccinations over the last several weeks, Governor Tate Reeves announced that Mississippi will not have a statewide mask mandate at this time. Reeves does encourage the public to wear masks and continue to become vaccinated.

MSDH COVID-19 Reporting

YP – Mississippi Veterans Affairs director Stacey Pickering urges people to get vaccinated and “be kind”

Mississippi Veterans Affairs Executive Director Stacey Pickering joined Y’all Politics on Friday to provide an update on the state Veterans Homes as COVID-19 cases rise. Pickering shared some positive news that should encourage Mississippians to get vaccinated if they are not already.

He said that Mississippi veterans homes have had nearly 100% vaccination among residents and close to 75% among staff.

YP – Can your private employer require you to wear a mask or get the COVID vaccine?

Mississippi Coast attorney Tristan R. Armer with Heidelberg Steinberger, P.A. joins Y’all Politics for a discussion on whether private employers can require employees to wear a mask and take the COVID-19 vaccine.

YP – Wicker, Hyde-Smith announce $1.8M award for Mississippi fire departments

The Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program will be awarded by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in collaboration with the U.S. Fire Administration.

The AFG program is a fire safety grants fund that provides critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel, enhance efficiencies and support community resilience. This program provides hundreds of millions in funding to first responders & organizations that keep our communities safe.

Senator Wicker praised local Mississippi firefighters for remaining on the front lines when it comes to keeping Mississippians safe.

YP – Atmos Energy talks with Y’all Politics about 811 and the need to call before you dig

The team from Atmos Energy in Mississippi joined Y’all Politics this week to highlight the need for property owners, government contractors and anyone about to dig to always call 811.

It could not only save your pocketbook, but it could save a life.

WLOX – USDA to permanently boost food stamp benefits by 25 percent

In this Jan. 12, 2015 file photo, a supermarket displays stickers indicating they accept food...

The Biden administration has approved a significant and permanent increase in the levels of food stamp assistance available to needy families—the largest single increase in the program’s history.

Starting in October, average benefits for food stamps (officially known as the SNAP program) will rise more than 25 percent above pre-pandemic levels. The increased assistance will be available indefinitely to all 42 million SNAP beneficiaries.

The aid boost was first reported by The New York Times and the details were confirmed by a spokeswoman for the Department of Agriculture. They will be formally announced Monday by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.