Route Fifty: How One State’s Public Health Defunding Led to Vaccination Chaos

Route Fifty: How One State’s Public Health Defunding Led to Vaccination Chaos. “Missouri’s rocky vaccine rollout places it among the bottom states nationwide, with 23.7% of the population vaccinated with at least one dose as of Thursday, compared with the national average of 26.3%. If Missouri were on par with the national rate, that would be roughly equivalent to more than 162,000 additional people vaccinated, or almost the entire population of the city of Springfield. Part of the problem, health experts said, is that the state bypassed its 115 local health departments in its initial vaccine rollout plans.”

Mississippi Today: Gov. Tate Reeves disputes state’s COVID-19 vaccine data

Mississippi Today: Gov. Tate Reeves disputes state’s COVID-19 vaccine data. “Gov. Tate Reeves, on national television on Friday, was confronted with two troubling statistics: Mississippi has fully vaccinated just 14% of the state’s residents and ranks 47th in the nation in administering the COVID-19 vaccines that the state has received. That data — widely reported by Mississippi Today and other state and national outlets — comes from the Mississippi State Department of Health, which Reeves has heavily relied on the past year, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”

Mississippi Free Press: MSDH Axes ‘Misleading, Outdated’ Vaccine Phone Script After Viral Thread

Mississippi Free Press: MSDH Axes ‘Misleading, Outdated’ Vaccine Phone Script After Viral Thread. “Misleading information about the safety and efficacy of the Moderna vaccine has led the Mississippi State Department of Health to issue an update to their vaccine hotline script this evening, after a viral Twitter thread raised serious questions about the appointment scheduling process. The conversation in question happened Monday morning, after Bobby Wayne, a Coahoma resident, called the MSDH hotline to request the nearest appointment for his first shot of COVID-19 vaccine.”

Mississippi Today: House advances bill that would entangle Mississippi Archives and History board in politics

Mississippi Today: House advances bill that would entangle Mississippi Archives and History board in politics. “A bill that has angered many state historians would have the governor and lieutenant governor appoint members to the board that oversees the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, a move opponents say would politicize an agency that has remained above that fray for more than 100 years.”

ABC News: Which states have dropped mask mandates and why

ABC News: Which states have dropped mask mandates and why. “Five states — Texas, Mississippi, Iowa, Montana and North Dakota — have ended, or soon will end, statewide mask mandates, despite the looming threat of COVID-19 and highly transmissible variants. They’re joining 11 other states — Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Tennessee — that never required face coverings statewide.”

Mississippi State University: MSU Libraries documents African American legislators in Mississippi with historical, online ‘Against All Odds’ exhibit

Mississippi State University: MSU Libraries documents African American legislators in Mississippi with historical, online ‘Against All Odds’ exhibit. “Titled ‘Against All Odds: The First Black Legislators in Mississippi,’ the exhibit documents the lives of over 150 African American men who worked in the state legislature leading up to 1894. The site features more than 800 newspaper clippings, dozens of portraits, quotes from primary and secondary sources, and biographies.”

Mississippi Free Press: Health Leaders Call for Statewide Mask Mandate, Say Gov. Reeves’ Plan ‘Not Working’

Mississippi Free Press: Health Leaders Call for Statewide Mask Mandate, Say Gov. Reeves’ Plan ‘Not Working’. “In cases and hospitalizations, Mississippi is now back at summer levels just days before Thanksgiving, which could provide fertile soil for COVID-19 super-spreader events if families across the state gather in large numbers. Dr. LouAnn Woodward, the vice chancellor for health affairs and the dean for the UMMC school of medicine, told reporters today that she believes the governor’s current COVID-19 strategy is failing.”

Mississippi Free Press: After Big Thanksgiving Dinners, Plan Small Christmas Funerals, Health Experts Warn

Mississippi Free Press: After Big Thanksgiving Dinners, Plan Small Christmas Funerals, Health Experts Warn. “Mississippians should plan ‘to have very small Thanksgiving gatherings’ with only nuclear family members this year to stay safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs and other public health officials warned on Friday.”

Jackson Free Press: Mississippi Program to Use Door Cameras to Fight Crime

Jackson Free Press: Mississippi Program to Use Door Cameras to Fight Crime. “Mississippi’s capital city could begin using residents’ door security cameras in its effort to fight rising crime. Recently, Jackson began a pilot program with two technology corporations to provide a platform for the police department to access private surveillance via Ring cameras. Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said if home and business owners allow, they could give the city permission to access those cameras through the platform, and the city could use the data collected to track criminal activity, WLBT-TV reported.”

Mississippi Free Press: Mississippi Governor Re-enacts Mask Mandates in Nine Counties as COVID-19 Surges

Mississippi Free Press: Mississippi Governor Re-enacts Mask Mandates in Nine Counties as COVID-19 Surges. “Mississippi recorded a dramatic uptick in new COVID-19 cases last week, including some of the highest daily numbers since the pandemic’s summer peak here, when many hospitals were overwhelmed. Cases and hospitalizations dropped dramatically in the weeks after Reeves first issued a statewide mask mandate on Aug. 4. Since its end, though, hospitalizations have also begun rising once more.”

Mississippi Free Press: All Kindergarten Students Quarantined, School Tells Parents in Late-Night Text

Mississippi Free Press: All Kindergarten Students Quarantined, School Tells Parents in Late-Night Text. “A parent shared the text with the Mississippi Free Press [August 26] on condition of anonymity. That parent was puzzled that the school waited to send the message so late at night. On Facebook, other parents posted on the Alcorn School District’s Facebook page to express their disapproval at the late-night kindergarten quarantine announcement. Several shared concerns that schools had stopped checking students’ temperatures.”

Mississippi Free Press: As Mississippi Schools Reopen, ‘Pediatric COVID Crisis’ Threatens Families, Teachers

Mississippi Free Press: As Mississippi Schools Reopen, ‘Pediatric COVID Crisis’ Threatens Families, Teachers. “As schools prepare to reopen for the 2020-2021 school year in Mississippi amid the current coronavirus pandemic, though, data have shown that, overall, children experience much milder symptoms from COVID-19 infections than adults. But Douglas Chambers, a historian at the University of Southern Mississippian who has followed COVID-19 data in scholarly fashion since the first case appeared in the state, told the Mississippi Free Press that he fears a little-noticed ‘pediatric COVID crisis’ will overwhelm schools and hospitals this fall—especially if K-12 schools push forward with resuming “traditional” face-to-face classroom settings.”

SunHerald: ‘We are going to pay the price’ if MS kids go back to school this week, Dobbs says

SunHerald: ‘We are going to pay the price’ if MS kids go back to school this week, Dobbs says. “With Mississippi near the top of the list nationwide for COVID-19 spread, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs is leery of sending children back to classrooms this week. Dobbs said during a video question-and-answer session sponsored by the Mississippi State Medical Association that he believes COVID-19 cases will level off, then soar once schools are in session. He said Mississippi’s health department will be recommending a statewide mask mandate for all children attending schools.”