Mississippi Edition


10/12/20 - Hurricane Delta Impacts | COVID Swings Upward | Voting Roadblocks

Hurricane Delta brought strong winds and heavy rains to parts of Mississippi. We assess the impact with MEMA.

Then, the state’s top health officials express concerns over trends in coronavirus transmission data.

Plus, a new report reveals how Mississippi compares to other states in voting accessibility.

Segment 1:

Hurricane Delta swept through parts of Mississippi over the weekend, bringing with it damaging winds and heavy rains. Delta was the third Category 2 or stronger storm to hit the Gulf region since August. While the state dodged direct hits in each instance, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says Delta delivered significant impacts to the state. MEMA Director Greg Michel shares more with our Michael Guidry.

Segment 2:

Mississippi is one of the top 20 states with the most new cases of the coronavirus per capita in the U.S., and health officials say a "big upswing" of COVID-19 cases could be on the horizon. During a Mississippi State Medical Association round table, State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers cautioned residents not to focus too much on any single day report. But he also says the curve in cases is changing.

The recent trends represent a reverse in course compared to the previous two months. State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs says that is reason enough for health care providers to prepare for a surge.

Segment 3:

A newly released report by the Democracy Initiative shows Mississippi is the only state in the country that hasn’t provided people with more voting options due to the coronavirus pandemic. The coalition of 75 national organizations is working to help states make voting easier and safer. Oure Desare Frazier speaks with Wendy Fields of the Democracy Initiative and Corey Wiggins of the MS NAACP.