Senator Wicker and Senator Hyde-Smith join Governor Reeves’ coronavirus press briefing
During today’s coronavirus press briefing update, Governor Tate Reeves discussed Mississippi’s efforts to receive additional federal resources to help residents recover from the impact of the virus.
Today, Governor Reeves was joined by U.S. Senators Cindy Hyde-Smith and Roger Wicker and members of the state’s COVID-19 response team. Reeves highlights the senators efforts in securing the funds for Mississippi.
Senator Roger Wicker spoke about the importance of the Cares Act in reopening Mississippi’s economy. “The Cares Act was signed on March 27th. It’s hard to believe it was only one month and two days ago that this law was signed by President Donald Trump. This new law gives businesses large and small resources to keep workers on the payroll. For small businesses much of these loans will be forgiven. For larger businesses we are expecting to be paid back overtime. For those Americans who already lost their jobs we expanded unemployment insurance to help them through the pandemic.”
Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith tells Mississippians it is important to reopen the state’s economy, but to continue being vigilant when it comes to personal health and wellness. “The virus is still out there. It is still real. Our numbers today were over 200 new diagnoses and we had more deaths yesterday. So, it’s still there. We’re living in a new world and I think we’re going to be changed forever. I don’t think we’re going to go back to business as normal. We don’t need to go back to business as normal because it is there. We are still under a significant threat. We do not need our health care centers overloaded. We do not need a resurgence and another occurrence to come about with making things worse. We need you to continue practicing those safe cautions.”
Throughout the conference, Reeves continued to encourage Mississippians to wear masks and stay home when possible and continue practicing safe social distancing guidelines.