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In Mississippi, more counties see mask requirement, but no statewide warrant
JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI – Gov. Tate Reeves instituted mask warrants in 13 other Mississippi counties on Tuesday, but chose not to implement the statewide measure, a week after several leaders in the leading health workers have called on him to do so.
During a press briefing, the Republican governor said he believed issuing mask requirements in counties with the most new cases would encourage people to take regulations more seriously than an approach. overall. A total of 54 of the state’s 82 counties now have a mask mandate.
“I almost feel like there are those who really, really believe if I were to write an executive order, a statewide hurricane ban in 2021, that we won’t have hurricanes, ”Reeves said. “It just doesn’t work that way.”
Reeves instituted a statewide mask warrant in early August, but revoked the measure at the end of September when new cases of coronavirus were down in Mississippi. As cases have risen again in recent weeks, he has started implementing mask warrants in individual counties.
Four health executives said it was time for Reeves to take things further. They wrote a letter to Reeves on November 24 calling for another statewide mask warrant.
“The statewide mask mandate, which was very effective, must be reinstated,” said a letter signed by Dr. LouAnn Woodward of the University of Mississippi Medical Center; Dr. Anita Henderson, president-elect of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics; Dr. Claude Brunson, executive director of the Mississippi State Medical Association; and Dr. James Griffin Jr., president of the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians.
Reeves said Tuesday he would not comment on the letter, but said he believed a county-by-county approach was currently best for Mississippi.
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In a letter sent to the Department of Health and Human Services and obtained exclusively by NBC News, the American Ambulance Association said that “the 911 emergency medical system across the United States is at a breaking point. Without further relief, it looks likely to shatter, even as we enter the third wave of the virus in the Midwest and West.
A spokesperson for HHS said the agency paid nearly $ 107 billion to more than 550,000 vendors across the country and opened a third round of $ 20 billion in funding last month, which they said is available for ambulance services.
This third phase of funding, however, has a limit. It is available to all healthcare providers and suppliers up to 2% of their 2019 revenue. EMS services said they are grateful for the money, but that won’t stop them from going bankrupt. .
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Tucson adopts nighttime curfew for three weeks
TUCSON, Arizona – At the urging of Mayor Regina Romero, Tucson City Council voted Tuesday night to establish a mandatory nighttime curfew for three weeks in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew will go into effect on Friday and will continue until December 23. Romero says she called for the curfew “for the safety, well-being and health of the citizens of Tucson.”
It prohibits residents from being on streets or public spaces unless they are going to work or other essential activities. Romero says Pima County reported a record 944 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday and hospitals in southern Arizona are on the brink of crisis.
Earlier Tuesday, state health officials reported 10,322 new known cases of coronavirus and 48 additional deaths around Arizona.
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CDC to issue new guidelines on length of quarantine
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to release new guidance on quarantine protocols and procedures for people who may have been exposed to the coronavirus, a senior administration official confirms to NBC News.
Instead of quarantining for 14 days after being determined to have close contact with someone infected with the virus, the CDC will now recommend that people only do so for seven to ten days. People who test negative can end their quarantine after seven days and 10 days without one, according to the new guidelines.
This information was presented Tuesday at the meeting of the White House Coronavirus Working Group, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence. The changes were discussed for some time and were submitted for final approval this afternoon.
They should be officially announced tonight or tomorrow morning, according to the official.
New York City blood supply “shrunk to days,” mayor says
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is urging residents to donate blood as the city’s supply hits dangerously low levels amid a nationwide increase in coronavirus hospitalizations.
The mayor said on Tuesday the goal was to get 25,000 New Yorkers to donate blood in December to replenish the blood bank. The current supply is reduced to “just a few days,” de Blasio said.
“We have seen a marked decrease in the blood supply because, of course, there have been no blood drives in businesses and blood drives in colleges,” de Blasio said. “Things that made such a difference. But we have to find another solution now, and it will be up to each of you who can help, help. ”
Maryland mobilizes ‘surge in medical staff’ as cases rise
Maryland is launching a “surge in medical staff” to help deal with a growing number of cases and overworked hospital workers, the governor said Tuesday.
The plan includes measures such as encouraging universities to give health care students in their final semester an “early exit” to enter the workforce and ordering hospitals to curtail some elective procedures.
The state will also try to recruit people with clinical histories to work in public hospitals or nursing homes, and school districts and counties are encouraged to send nurses or other staff to work at nursing sites. testing and vaccination, said the governor’s office. Hospitals must also submit emergency plans for patients.
Maryland has more than 201,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 – with more than 2,700 added in the past 24 hours – and more than 4,500 deaths, according to the state’s health department.