10/7/20 - COVID-19 Concerns | MCIR Long-term Care Facility Report | Southern remedy Health Minute | State Fair
As the CDC clarifies the airborne dangers of the coronavirus, a state leader in healthcare continues the push to mask-up.
Then, a new investigative report reveals a disproportionate number of cases at for-profit long term care facilities.
Plus, after a Southern Remedy Health Minute, a look at the pandemic-era State Fair.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now acknowledging the coronavirus can be spread by tiny airborne droplets with the potential to linger in the air for hours and reach further than six feet. This comes two weeks after it removed similar guidance from its website. The information could be critical for Mississippi, where Governor Tate Reeves allowed the statewide mask mandate to expire last week. Dr. LouAnn Woodward is Vice Chancellor of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She tells our Desare Frazier after a summer of buy-in, residents are reaching a point of COVID fatigue that could cause concern.
A new analysis by the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting shows twice as many residents caught COVID-19 at Mississippi's for-profit nursing homes, and nearly three times more died there. The study, done in partnership with the Pulitzer Center is part of the Center's Poverty and the Pandemic Series. MCIR Founder Jerry Mitchell shares more about the report.
Southern Remedy Health Minute
The 161st Mississippi State Fair is opening today, and is expected to generate millions of dollars in revenue for the state. Nearly 500,000 people typically attend the Mississippi State Fair, and despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic officials say attendance could remain high. Agriculture Commissioner Andy Gipson tell our Kobee Vance the fair can occur safely and serves as an opportunity to showcase the newly completed trade mart.