MADISON, Miss. (WJTV) – Tennessee and Louisiana have confirmed multiple cases of the coronavirus in cities that have direct routes right through the Jackson Metro. Nursing homes have already been linked to easy breeding grounds for this disease and St. Catherines is not taking any chances.
President Trump said he’ll meet with congressional Republicans Tuesday to work on an emergency plan to deal with the economic fallout from the outbreak. He says a payroll tax cut, as well as relief for small businesses and the cruise industry, are on the table.
In a last-minute appearance in the white house briefing room, president Trump urged calm.
“This blindsided the world but we’re handling it very well,” President Trump said.
And continued to downplay the global coronavirus epidemic that he accused democrats and the media on twitter of trying to “inflame.”
“No matter where you go that’s what’s on people’s minds,” President Trump continued. “And we are going to take care of and have been taking care of the American public and the American economy.”
The president is also publicly defying government recommendations on hygiene. “Wash hands or don’t shake hands.”
And now CBS News has learned Mr. Trump may have been exposed to the virus himself. At least four members of Congress have decided to self-quarantine after coming into contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19. The contact occurred at a conservative convention in Washington less than two weeks ago.
One being Georgia’s Doug Collins, he can be seen here with the president on Friday.
“And Florida’s Matt Gaetz traveled on Air Force-One with the president just today and announced his self-quarantine roughly an hour after landing. Gaetz made fun of the coronavirus response last week when he wore a biohazard mask on the house floor.
Matt Schlapp, who oversaw the conservative convention, is also in self-quarantine. His wife, Mercedes, was expected to be part of a “Women For Trump” bus tour with the president’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump. The tour has now been delayed even as the president has yet to curtail his own campaign travel.
The Mississippi Department of Health has released updates to what you should know about Coronavirus research and what to do to protect yourself. For all that information click here.
A senior living facility in Madison has closed all areas to visitors due to coronavirus concerns. So far, no cases have been confirmed in Mississippi.
Officials at St. Catherine’s Village released the following statement:
To protect our most vulnerable residents, St. Catherine’s Village has closed all areas to visitors effective Monday, March 9, 2020. We have communicated with our residents’ families, and these measures have been taken out of an abundance of caution as senior adults are reported to be more vulnerable to this form of coronavirus. There are currently no cases at St. Catherine’s Village or any St. Dominic’s location. We will continually evaluate this situation and act accordingly in the best interest of our residents, their families and our community.Lisa Wilburn, Executive Director, St. Catherine’s Village
St. Dominic’s Hospital also released a statement:
While St. Dominic’s Hospital is not currently closed to visitors, we do encourage people experiencing flu-like symptoms, especially fever or coughing, to postpone visiting patients or other public outings until they are symptom-free. We appreciate the support of our community as we work to address any potential impact of COVID-19 here in our area.Dr. Eric McVey, Executive Vice President, Medical Affairs and Quality, St. Dominic’s