Mississippi Coronavirus Update April 20, 2020

 

Dear Friend,The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and the Mississippi State Department
of Health (MSDH) will be operating drive-through testing sites across the state this week.
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.

  • April 23rd – Hinds County: Tougaloo College Owens Health and Wellness Center,
    500 W. County Line Road, Jackson
  • April 23rd – Walthall County: Walthall County Events Center, 31 Highway 48 East,
    Tylertown
  • April 24th – Kemper County: Kemper County High School, 200 Martin Luther King
    Jr. St., DeKalb

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.

A Possible Deal on the Paycheck Protection Program

Since its launch over two weeks ago, the Paycheck Protection Program has provided loans to more than 20,000 Mississippi businesses. With over 1 million additional
loans provided across the country, the SBA has loaned nearly $350 billion dollars to small
businesses to maintain their payrolls. Through this success, the SBA has run out of funds,
and Congress continues to work on a deal to renew funding for the PPP.

USDA Food Assistance Program

As the coronavirus outbreak impacts our agriculture community, White House officials announced
a program to assist farmers across the country. The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) will assist farmers, ranchers, and consumers during the outbreak by providing direct
support to offset losses for agriculture producers caused by disruptions in supply chains
and low demand caused by COVID-19. It also grants the USDA the authority to partner with
regional and local distributors to purchase $3 billion of fresh produce, dairy products,
and meat products. These goods will then be distributed to food banks, community and faith-based
organizations, and non-profits to help them provide food for American citizens in need.

For more information on the program, click here.

Census Information

The 2020 Census has officially begun, and you should have received your survey in the mail.
The Census is a tool the federal government uses to allocate important resources, such
as congressional seats and funds for hospitals, roads, and schools. This year is the first
time in history that you can complete your census online, and you still have the option
to respond by phone or mail. Please take ten minutes right now to complete your census
survey and help ensure that Mississippi receives the resources we need to continue to make
our state a great place to live, worship, and raise a family. For more information, you
can visit the official Census website at census.gov.

Holding the Chinese Communist Party and WHO Accountable

Last week, I joined Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee in a letter to President Trump supporting his decision to withhold funding from the World Health Organization (WHO) for
its negligence in response to COVID-19. In the letter, we outlined that, although we support
the efforts of WHO to mitigate the impact of infectious diseases across the world, we have
lost faith in Director-General Tedros’s ability to lead the organization and found the
WHO’s response to the Chinese Communist Party’s misinformation campaign about COVID-19 detrimental to global response efforts. American dollars should be safeguarded
against this kind of mismanagement.

I will continue to work to hold the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) responsible for the lies
they spread throughout the world and their actions that led to a global pandemic. We must
continue to work to lower the infection rate of COVID-19 in the United States and across
the world, but we must also start the process of safeguarding our future against another
outbreak by holding institutions such as the CCP accountable for their actions.

Latest Statistics

As of Monday, April 20th, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 746,625 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the United States, 39,083 individuals
have passed away as a result of infection, and 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto
Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have at least one
case. See below for an infographic from the Mississippi State Department of Health on the
number of cases in Mississippi.

SincerelyImageMichael Guest

Member of Congress