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Mississippi shows wide racial gap in impact of coronavirus

Numbers released Wednesday show the stark disparity in how the new coronavirus is affecting black and white Mississippians. The state Health Department said 72% of Mississippi residents who have died of COVID-19 were African American and 28% were white. The department said that was based on cases for which “full information” was available, as of Tuesday evening. It also said that 56% of ...

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Mississippi mayor’s online meeting hacked with racial slurs

A Mississippi mayor says his online meeting was hacked with vulgar and racist words and images because of his recent comments about the new coronavirus in his city. Moss Point Mayor Mario King was leading a board of aldermen meeting Tuesday night on Zoom when someone interrupted the online gathering, which the mayor was also streaming on Facebook Live, news outlets reported. ...

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WEDNESDAY — Mississippi reports eight more deaths with 88 new cases of Coronavirus, 2,003 total

Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 2,003 after the Mississippi Health Department reported a record 88 newly identified cases on Wednesday morning. The good news is Wednesday announcement is only the second time in eight days Mississippi has had less than 100 or more new cases. And it is the lowest total new cases since 84 ...

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Mississippi gives virus info by age and place but not race

The Mississippi State Department of Health has not released statistics showing the race of people testing positive or dying from the new coronavirus, but a top official says he thinks black residents have been disproportionately affected, as they have been in some other states. “The early indications are, we’re seeing similar here in Mississippi — that it is impacting the African ...

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TUESDAY — Mississippi reports eight more deaths with 177 new cases of Coronavirus, 1,915 total

Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 1,915 after the Mississippi Health Department reported a record 177 newly identified cases on Tuesday morning. Mississippi has had 100 or more new cases six of the last seven days. There have been 59 total deaths (8 new) reported, the vast majority of which appear to have been with older ...

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Mississippi working to expand hospital capacity for virus

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that hospitals in the state have about 3,000 beds, and projections show that almost 400 more beds will be needed when the state reaches is peak of the coronavirus outbreak in the next few weeks. He said officials are working on a system to send the sickest patients to larger, better equipped hospitals. He said ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Mortgage process illustrates solving pandemic economy not simple

It will be a sad and desperate time in a few months when millions of laid-off homeowners receive foreclosure notices. Add to that, the thousands of renters and commercial leaseholders who will face eviction. Is this a problem that can be solved now? And who will solve it? One idea is to simply call a timeout. Consider how a timeout ...

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Outbreak: Mississippi gets disaster declaration to speed aid

Mississippi on Sunday become the latest U.S. state declared a major disaster area by President Donald Trump amid the new coronavirus outbreak, giving the state access to more federal assistance to confront the pandemic. Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves announced Friday that he has asked Trump to issue a major disaster declaration for Mississippi because of the coronavirus, in order to ...

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MONDAY — Mississippi reports 100 new cases of Coronavirus, 1,738 total with 51 dead

Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 1,738 after the Mississippi Health Department reported a record 100 newly identified cases on Sunday morning. Mississippi has had 100 or more new cases five of the last six days. There have been 51 total deaths (8 new) reported, the vast majority of which appear to have been with older ...

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Analysis: Reeves gets his Katrina with challenge of virus

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves was a first-term state treasurer when the state was rocked by a massive and expensive disaster with Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He worked with then-Gov. Haley Barbour to shape the short-term response and long-term recovery. Now just a few months into his own time as governor, Reeves is in charge of Mississippi’s response to the coronavirus ...

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