Mississippi’s Pandemic Panic

Closing Thought–04Aug20

This pandemic has been raging through our country now for several months…..it has effected every portion of society and cause so many deaths to the tune of 155,000.

Most of us bloggers are helping people understand what is happening in most countries and states…..I have been reporting on my state Mississippi.

These days the South is a new “hot spot” where the virus seems to be running through the society….I will admit that the governor here has done a better job than some of the other Southern governors….but that has not saved Mississippi from the outcome.

Mississippi–Cases–61,125  Deaths–1711

Plus Mississippi could gain in its standing…..

Florida is currently the No. 1 state when it comes to new coronavirus cases per capita—but Mississippi is on track to overtake it, NPR reports. In a grim Twitter thread, Harvard researcher Ashish Jha says Mississippi is “doing VERY badly but has received little attention.” Testing is down 8% from two weeks ago in the state, but cases are up 37% in the same time frame; the daily death toll is skyrocketing; and much of the state is open with few restrictions and no statewide mask mandate. Plus, as one state doctor puts it, hospital ICUs are getting crowded and COVID-19 is “layered on top of our existing challenges,” as the state has high levels of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and obesity.

A fellow blogger and follower of IST has written about the possibility of the dead being piled up in the street because there is no room for them…..https://linesbyliming.com/

Mississippi has a major problem…..the morgues are having a hard time dealing with the amount of deaths.

In the months before his county’s morgue neared capacity, before he started wearing his face shield and “moon suit” to answer calls in neighbors’ homes, and before his own coronavirus diagnosis got him admitted to the hospital, Coahoma County, Mississippi, coroner Scotty Meredith knew this summer was going to be the worst in his three decades on the job. 

On April 3, as COVID-19 deaths in Mississippi hovered in the low double-digits, the state’s chief medical examiner, Mark LeVaughn, fired off a letter to Meredith and the state’s 80 other coroners. State law outlines a simple procedure for investigating deaths outside a hospital: the coroner collects evidence at the scene, then sends the body to a medical examiner in Jackson for autopsy. But the gist of the ME’s letter, obtained by The Daily Beast, was that when it came to deaths from COVID-19, coroners were on their own.

For years now, the severely understaffed state medical examiner’s office has struggled to handle all of the deaths in Mississippi. Doing so has often meant shifting more of the burden for handling deaths onto county coroners, who, unlike medical examiners, usually don’t have a medical degree and cannot perform autopsies. 

The problem with being shut out from the medical examiner’s office, as Meredith explained, “is not just that they’re not taking the cases, but there’s not any guidance” for what to do with a suspected coronavirus case. Several coroners said they’ve begun rationing supplies, like test kits, echoing supply-chain woes in other hard-hit states since the early days of the pandemic that experts generally believe have deflated the COVID-19 death count.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/amid-a-mississippi-coronavirus-surge-morgues-are-overflowing-and-coroners-are-scared

The horror stories just keeps building and the leadership that is missing keeps downplaying all the problems this pandemic has created.

Be Well…..Be Safe

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2 thoughts on “Mississippi’s Pandemic Panic

  1. When it got bad here in March, we had ‘container morgues’ placed in front of hospitals to contain the dead. That’s an image that should have inspired everyone to be more careful
    Sadly, it didn’t.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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