JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves hosted a press briefing Monday afternoon to discuss his latest efforts to combat COVID-19 in the state.
Reeves said there has been a 3,000% increase in unemployment claims in the state, a spike he says has never happened before.
“No system was created to handle that kind of drastic increase overnight,” said Reeves, admitting that they are still trying to catch up with the massive numbers.
Gov. Reeves also revealed that citizens will not be personally responsible for payments pertaining to COVID-19 treatments at Mississippi hospitals. Those who are un-insured will also be covered.
Reeves said that the coming weeks in the state will be deadly, saying, “There will be more Mississippians who die from this virus. It is serious, it is contagious and it can be fatal.”
Reeves says citizens can keep themselves as safe as possible by adhering to CDC guidelines.
The state may need 392 more hospital beds and 254 more ICU beds, Reeves disclosed.
Two-hundred hospital beds have been identified in South Mississippi and two-hundred more are close to being identified in North Mississippi.
The state is also attempting to activate the reserves of 356 ICU beds throughout the system.