Coronavirus hospitalizations continue to rise in Mississippi

October 23, 2020, MPB, Kobee Vance – Mississippi hospitals are preparing for a second wave of the coronavirus. Governor Tate Reeves issued an order Monday requiring hospitals to reserve 10% capacity for future coronavirus patients, saying he’s concerned about growing cases over the next 4 to 8 weeks. Dr. Roderick Givens is with the Mississippi State Medical Association. He says one of the most at-risk healthcare functions are intensive care units. “You can certainly create bed space for someone who just needs some oxygen, but ventilators, intensive care that’s associated with ICUs, there’s limited capacity. And so once that’s maxed out, that’s it,” says Dr. Givens. “At the peak Jackson was full and they had to get diverted and sent out of state simply because that higher level of care, you just can’t instantly create it.” View Story.

Assistant state attorney general chosen to evaluate status of state's mental health

October 21, 2020, Daily Journal, Taylor Vance – State lawmakers created the coordinator position this year to improve the quality of mental health in the state. State Sen. Hob Bryan, a Democrat from Amory, authored the legislation that created the coordinator position and told the Daily Journal that he believes Rosamond is qualified for this position. Bryan, who is the chair of the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, said he hoped that Rosamond’s findings will improve the quality of mental health care that citizens receive and indirectly resolve some issues the state is dealing with in an ongoing federal lawsuit. View Story.

Trump’s broadsides against science put GOP governors in a bind

October 21, 2020, Politico, Dan Goldberg and Alice Miranda Ollstein – Mississippi GOP Gov. Tate Reeves on Monday said that hospitals in his state must be able to reserve at least 10 percent of their beds for coronavirus patients or cancel elective procedures. He also issued a mask mandate and limited indoor gatherings to 10 people and outdoor gatherings to 50 people in nine counties. “We’re trying to prevent so many individuals from getting the virus at once that our health care system cannot respond,” Reeves said. View Story.

More than 1,400 South Mississippi students quarantined last week, new report shows

October 19, 2020, Sun Herald – The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 795 new cases and 7 deaths on Thursday. In the six southern counties, 161 cases were reported with one new death in Hancock County.The department also updated their school COVID-19 report for the week of Oct. 12-16 that shows 842 school reporting cases in 79 of Mississippi’s 82 counties. George County has 92 students in quarantine from elementary to high school last week. George County High School has 37 students out. The Rebels’ football team went into quarantine earlier this week, forfeiting their next two games. View Story.

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