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Mississippi Coronavirus Update May 6, 2020

Dear Friend,

Today is the beginning of Nurse Appreciation Week, a time to thank our nurses for their service. Our nurses have provided extraordinary care during the COVID-19 pandemic. I hope you will join me in thanking our nurses and medical community by sharing and liking my Facebook post.

COVID-19 Testing Sites and Resources

The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) will be operating drive-through testing sites in the coming days. If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 and are interested in being tested, please download the C Spire Health app or dial (601) 496-7200.

  • May 7th - Monroe County: Becker Community Center, 52246 Highway 25, Amory
  • May 8th - Clarke County: Clarke County EMA, 642 S. Archusa Ave., Quitman
  • May 8th - Panola County: Panola Civic Center, 290 Civic Center Drive, Batesville
  • May 9th - Benton County: Benton County Courthouse, 190 Ripley Avenue, Ashland
  • May 9th - Jasper County: Jasper County EMA, 37 W. Eighth Avenue, Bay Springs

I have compiled a list of resources on my website for your convenience. By visiting my Coronavirus Relief page, you can find helpful information on managing this crisis. We will continue to update the page as more information becomes available, so be sure to check back every few days and subscribe to my newsletter to receive updates.

Funding to Support Transit for Mississippians Impacted by COVID-19

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will receive $49.4 million in Federal Transit Administration funds. The funds, allocated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, will be used to support rural transit services in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, MDOT will receive $254,000 in Federal Transit Administration funding from the Appalachian Development Public Transportation Assistance Program to be used by the Noxubee County Human Resource Agency to provide these transit services for Mississippians during the COVID-19 outbreak.

It’s important that all Mississippians have access to reliable transportation services to travel to work and to collect necessary items like food and medicine. These funds will help ensure Mississippians have access to necessities as we combat the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus Task Force

This morning, President Trump announced that the Coronavirus Task Force led by Vice President Mike Pence will continue to serve our country. The group has been instrumental in leading the nation’s response to the coronavirus outbreak and will continue to help lead the fight for a cure. I’m thankful that President Trump has organized this talented group of individuals during these unprecedented times.

Latest Statistics

As of Wednesday, May 6th, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 1,193,813 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the United States. From Tuesday to Wednesday, we saw 22,303 additional cases. The number of individuals who have passed away as a result of infection increased by 2,523 nationwide, and the total number of deaths in the U.S. from the virus is now 70,802. See below for graphs and infographics from the Mississippi State Department of Health on the number of cases in Mississippi. Since yesterday, an additional 217 Mississippians have contracted the coronavirus, and 32 Mississippians have passed away from the virus. In total, 80,308 Mississippians have been tested for COVID-19.

Sincerely,

 

Michael Guest
Member of Congress

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