3/24/20 - Gov. Reeves Addresses Constituents | Rural Hospitals Prepare | TANF Embezzlement Update
Governor Reeves addresses his constituents.
Then, how Mississippi’s rural hospitals are adapting to the coronavirus outbreak.
Plus, a closer look at the TANF embezzlement case.
Governor Tate Reeves took to Facebook Monday to address constituents and answer questions. Reeves remains self-quarantined since his return from Spain last weekend, even though he and his family haven't shown any symptoms. Reeves began by addressing the rising number of cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi. He says he expects that number to grow.
Many rural hospitals in Mississippi are already struggling financially, and now the Coronavirus is placing more strain on their limited budgets. Mississippi Hospital Association CEO Tim Moore says rural hospitals rely on revenue from elective procedures and doctors appointments, which they now have to cancel. He tells our Desare Frazier, as Mississippi's rural hospitals prepare for a potential outbreak, concerns are mounting.
Neshoba General Hospital in Philadephia has screened over 100 people for the Coronavirus. CEO Lee McCall says Neshoba General can treat certain people who contract the COVID-19, but lacks an intensive care unit. He tells our Desare Frazier, those with serious respiratory problems won't be able to remain there.
In early February State Auditor Shad White announced the indictments of six individuals in what he described as an Mississippi's largest welfare scheme. Former Department of Human Services Director John Davis was among those arrested, along with Nancy New and her son Zach - executives with Mississippi Community Education Center. Since then, Clarion Ledger reporters Jack Bologna and Luke Ramseth have been following the scandal - and the money. We joined Jack Bologna to take a closer look at another indicted figure, Brett DiBiase, and where the money trail has led them.