11/13/20 - Rising COVID Cases | Senate Housing Committee | MAC Grants
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise nationally, state officials sound the alarm over the growing rates of coronavirus transmission.
Then, a Senate Committee hears from housing advocates about the need for affordable housing as they prepare to draft legislation.
Plus, how the Mississippi Arts Commission is aiding artists and organizations during the pandemic.
Cases of coronavirus are reaching new highs nationwide and Mississippi is reporting the highest numbers in three months. Yesterday marked the second consecutive day of new COVID-19 cases in excess of 1,200 and COVID-related hospitalizations are also reaching levels unseen since the summer wave of infection. Governor Reeves addressed the elevated numbers in an statement of Facebook.
The high cases also has the attention of the state's top health officials. State Epidemiologist says the number of new cases in the last two weeks is astounding. State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs says mitigation is most effective if everyone wears masks.
The need for affordable housing for low-income Mississippi families is a growing problem, especially during the coronavirus pandemic according to housing officials. To assess potential solutions, the Senate Housing Committee is holding hearings to help draft legislation to combat the problem. Scott Spivey is with Mississippi Home Corporation. He explained the pandemic is affecting housing differently than the sub-prime mortgage crisis a decade ago.
The coronavirus pandemic has had a tremendous impact on the nation's economy. And while some businesses are starting to bounce back, the arts and entertainment industry is still struggling. To assist local artists during this difficult time, the Mississippi Arts Commission is offering Rapid Response Grants in response to the changing needs of artists and arts organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. MAC's Director of Grants Melody Moody Thortis shares more with our Michael Guidry.