Washington Post: Mississippi aid program gave little help to renters, but millions to a top law firm

Washington Post: Mississippi aid program gave little help to renters, but millions to a top law firm. “This June, when Tebrica Young stumbled on a new Mississippi aid program for people struggling to pay rent during the pandemic, she thought she had found a lifeline. Her husband was furloughed in March, and the couple was expecting a second child. They had fallen behind on payments for their two-bedroom apartment in Batesville, a small town an hour south of Memphis. So Young applied to the Rental Assistance for Mississippians Program, or RAMP, which is supposed to disburse federal funds to state residents in need. But though she and her husband submitted reams of documents and made multiple calls to the RAMP hotline, Young said, the money never arrived.”

New York Times: Mississippi’s governor plays down state’s high death rate.

New York Times: Mississippi’s governor plays down state’s high death rate.. “Gov. Tate Reeves of Mississippi on Sunday downplayed his state’s high Covid death rate, calling it an inadequate benchmark to measure the pandemic’s toll in the state. The state is among the top three in the nation for Covid-19 deaths per capita, behind only Florida and Alabama, according to The New York Times database.”

ABC News: Mississippi health officials warn some pregnant women have been denied COVID vaccine despite ongoing surge

ABC News: Mississippi health officials warn some pregnant women have been denied COVID vaccine despite ongoing surge. “The decision to not get vaccinated has resulted in a growing number of pregnant people ending up in intensive care wards, many severely ill with COVID-19. This worrisome uptick has been particularly evident in Mississippi, where state health officials have been sounding the alarm not only about the influx of fetal and maternal deaths, but also about several reports of pregnant women being turned away from getting the shot.”

Washington Post: Stillbirths have doubled during covid in Mississippi. Officials are sounding the alarm.

Washington Post: Stillbirths have doubled during covid in Mississippi. Officials are sounding the alarm.. “Mississippi has recorded 72 fetal deaths in unvaccinated pregnant women infected with the coronavirus, state health officials announced Wednesday, sounding the alarm on the virus’s danger in pregnancy. Speaking during a news conference, Mississippi State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs said those deaths had occurred since the start of the pandemic. The number, which includes only deaths that occurred past 20 weeks of gestation, ‘is twice the background rate of what would be expected,’ he said.”

Mississippi Baby Dies of COVID; Child Deaths In Past 45 Days Exceed Prior 17 Months (Mississippi Free Press)

Mississippi Free Press: Mississippi Baby Dies of COVID; Child Deaths In Past 45 Days Exceed Prior 17 Months. “For the first time in Mississippi since the pandemic began, a baby has died of COVID-19, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported today. State health leaders confirmed only that the latest child victim is an infant less than a year old. With this latest death, Mississippi’s COVID-19 pediatric death toll for the past six weeks is now four, exceeding the first 17 months of the pandemic when three Mississippians younger than 18 died of COVID-19. The delta variant surge brought with it the worst wave of child infections and hospitalizations yet.”

Hospitals in crisis in least vaccinated state: Mississippi (Associated Press)

Associated Press: Hospitals in crisis in least vaccinated state: Mississippi. “Mississippi’s low vaccinated rate, with about 38% of the state’s 3 million people fully inoculated against COVID-19, is driving a surge in cases and hospitalizations that is overwhelming medical workers. The workers are angry and exhausted over both the workload and refusal by residents to embrace the vaccine.”

Mississippi Free Press: Mississippi Passes NY’s COVID Death Rate As Gov. Reeves Says Mississippians ‘A Little Less Scared’

Mississippi Free Press: Mississippi Passes NY’s COVID Death Rate As Gov. Reeves Says Mississippians ‘A Little Less Scared’. “Mississippi has officially confirmed 8,279 deaths since the pandemic began, equaling about 278 deaths for every 100,000 residents. New York has confirmed almost 54,000 deaths since the pandemic began, with a per capita COVID death rate of 276 per 100,000; New Jersey’s per capita COVID death rate is 302 per 100,000. The Magnolia State may soon pass New Jersey to become the deadliest state of the pandemic era, though, if current trends continue.”

Daily Journal: IHL board votes against requiring COVID-19 vaccine for Mississippi universities

Daily Journal: IHL board votes against requiring COVID-19 vaccine for Mississippi universities. “Vaccinations won’t be required of students, teachers and faculty at Mississippi’s public universities. During an emergency meeting on Friday, the State Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees voted against mandating COVID-19 vaccines for students and employees at the state’s public universities.”

‘I think we already broke’: Mississippi’s nurses are resigning to protect themselves from Covid-19 burnout (CNN)

CNN: ‘I think we already broke’: Mississippi’s nurses are resigning to protect themselves from Covid-19 burnout. “Mississippi now has at least 2,000 fewer nurses than it did at the beginning of the year, according to the Mississippi Hospital Association’s Center for Quality & Workforce. The staff shortages add to the growing strain on the state’s hospital system — both due, in large part, to the Covid-19 pandemic. When asked if the health care system is reaching a breaking point, Singing River Nursing Manager for Personal Care Buddy Gager said, ‘I think we already broke.’”

Mississippi Free Press: Mississippi Has Quarantined 15% of All K-12 Students For COVID Cases or Exposures

Mississippi Free Press: Mississippi Has Quarantined 15% of All K-12 Students For COVID Cases or Exposures. “About 15% of all Mississippi K-12 students have now been quarantined since the start of the year either for testing positive for COVID-19 or due to known exposures. That figure, based on new data from the Mississippi State Department of Health, includes 65,525 students who have been ordered to isolate in the weeks since classes began.”

NBC News: Mississippi threatens fines, jail time for Covid patients who don’t isolate

NBC News: Mississippi threatens fines, jail time for Covid patients who don’t isolate. “State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs issued an ‘isolation order’ that states, ‘All persons residing in Mississippi must immediately home-isolate on first knowledge of infection with COVID-19.’ Failure to do so could result in fines and jail time. Dobbs’ order mentions two possible levels of violation. One, a refusal to obey a health officer, comes with a $500 fine and, possibly, six months behind bars.”

Mississippi Today: UMMC to open second field hospital, with ICU beds, in parking garage as COVID-19 explodes

Mississippi Today: UMMC to open second field hospital, with ICU beds, in parking garage as COVID-19 explodes. “Samaritan’s Purse, an evangelical Christian humanitarian aid organization, will build and staff the field hospital, which is expected to contain 30-50 patient beds. An estimated 5-10 of those beds will be ICU beds. None of the 50 or so beds in the field hospital UMMC opened on Friday are ICU level.”