5/26/20 - Loosened Restrictions on Sports and Entertainment | Dr. Alan Jones | Plasma Donations
More Mississippi businesses are opening this week as the Governor eases restrictions on outdoor sports and entertainment.
Then, health experts in the state remain guarded as the number of coronavirus cases increase.
Plus, find out how those who have fully recovered from COVID 19-- can help patients currently fighting the virus.
Amusement parks and outdoor entertainment facilities are back in business after more than two months of being closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Governor Tate Reeves' new executive order loosening restrictions on those establishments went into effect yesterday morning. Mississippians remain under the state's safer at home order for another week--until June 1. The Governor extended his previous order that expired yesterday. He says the order is necessary to continue flattening the curve while safely getting people back to work.
The number of total confirmed coronavirus cases in Mississippi has soared past 13 thousand with more than 600 deaths since the state's first case back in March. There's also a slight uptick in the number of patients hospitalized with cases of COVID 19. Dr. Alan Jones is chairman of Emergency Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He tells our Michael Guidry that Mississippians need to remain vigilant, because there are still a lot of positive coronavirus cases in the state.
Mississippi Blood Services is looking for people who have fully recovered from COVID-19 to donate plasma. Hospitals throughout the state are using that plasma to help treat COVID-19 patients. Researchers believe it contains antibodies that can fight the infection. Merle Eldridge with the nonprofit Mississippi Blood Services says as of last week they’ve only collected about 10 units of plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients in the past month - and the need is growing. She spoke with MPB's Ashley Norwood.