September 19, 2020

Jackson mayor briefs city on COVID-19 health crisis

JOINING US THIS AFTERNOON AS WEHAVE SOME IMPORTANT UPDATES FROMTHE CITY OF JACKSON WITH RESPECTTO OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE.

I THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRESENCEBECAUSE THESE ARE IMPORTANT ANDCRITICAL UPDATES FOR THECONSTITUENTS.

OUR RESIDENTS TO BE AWARE OF ASWE CONTINUE TO FIGHT BACK FROMTHIS VIRUS.

I WANT TO MAKE YOU AWARE THATTHE CITY IS AS EXPANDING THETESTING BY PURCHASING 6, 000 OFOUR OWN TEST FIVE THOUSAND OFWHICH WILL BE DISTRIBUTEDTHROUGH A PARTNERSHIP WITH JACKSON HINES COMPREHENSIVEHEALTH IN ORDER TO DO MORETESTING FOR RESIDENTS THAT AREIN NEED A THOUSAND OF THOSETESTS WILL BE AN ADDITIONAL.

THOUSAND TESTS WILL BE UTILIZEDTO PRIORITIZE FIRST RESPONDERSAND INMATES AT THE HINDS COUNTYJAIL.

WE WILL BE ENTERING INTO ANINTERLOCAL AGREEMENT IN ORDER TOASSURE THAT THE INMATEPOPULATION CAN BE TESTED BECAUSETHAT IS A VOLT VERY VULNERABLEPOPULATION BASED ON THE CLOSE CONFINES IN WHICH THEY LIVE.

HAZARD PAY WE WILL BEDISTRIBUTING ISSUING HAZARD PAY2 FIRST RESPONDERS, THIS IS APOPULATION AMONGST US THAT NOTONLY RUN IN THE LINE OF DANGERIN ORDER TO PROTECT US AT ALL TIMES, BUT AT A CRITICAL MOMENTLIKE THIS WE ARE WELL AWARE THATNOT ONLY HAVE WE HAD UNFORTUNATECIRCUMSTANCES OF SOME OF OURFIRST RESPONDERS CONTRACTING THEVIRUS NATIONWIDE THIS POPULATION HAS BEEN DISPROPORTIONATELYAFFECTED BY THE VIRUS.

BASED ON THEM DEALING WITHPEOPLE WITH A HIGH SUSPICION ORA HIGH HIGH SUSPICION OF HAVINGTHE VIRUS.

AND SO WE THINK THAT IT ISIMPORTANT THAT WE PROVIDE HAZARDPAY TO THEM AND THIS WILL BEISSUED IN A CHECK BEFORE THE ENDOF THIS MONTH.

WE HAVE ALSO ENTERED INTO ANAGREEMENT WITH ONE OF OURHOSPITALITY PARTNERS A LOCALHOTEL IN ORDER TO PROVIDE ROOMSFOR THOSE THAT IN NEED OFISOLATION OR SHELTER OR QUARANTINE IS A BETTER WORDBASED ON HAVING CONTRACTED THEVIRUS AND THEIR CONCERN OVERPASSING THE VIRUS TO LOVED ONESOR IF THEY ARE UNABLE TO HAVESHELTER ON THEIR OWN.

THIS IS A SERVICE THAT WE AREPROVIDING AS A CITY FOR THOSEINDIVIDUALS.

WE HAVE ALSO PURCHASED AS A CITYA SYMPTOM TRACKER THIS SYMPTOMTRACKER.

ALLOW US TO BETTER COORDINATEOUR RESPONSE TO THOSE THAT AREINFECTED WITH THE VIRUS.

IT ISN’T A WE ARE PROVIDING AHOTLINE THAT THAT RESIDENTS CANCALL IF THEY BELIEVE THAT THEYARE EXPERIENCING SOME OF THESYMPTOMS OF COVID-19.

THOSE SYMPTOMS INCLUDE A FEVER ADRY COUGH AND ALSO SHORTNESS OFBREATH IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCINGTHOSE SYMPTOMS OR BELIEVE THATYOU MAYBE YOU MAY HAVECONTRACTED THE VIRUS.

PLEASE GO TO THE CITY WEBSITEAND CLICK ON THE TAB FOR FIGHTFIGHT TOGETHER STAND APART.

THAT IS THE NAME OF OUR PROGRAMAS A CITY THAT WE HAVE BRANDEDIN OUR COMPLETE RESPONSE TOCOVID-19.

AND SO WE’RE ASKING PEOPLE TOTAKE PART IN THE SYMPTOM TRACKERAND ALLOWING US TO COLLECT THISDATA AND COLLECTING THIS DATA.

WE WILL BE ABLE TO IDENTIFYHOTSPOTS ON A MAP IN OUR CITYAND COORDINATED EFFORTS RELIEFEFFORTS TO THOSE AREAS IN THOSECOMMUNITIES THAT MAY HAVE ADISPROPORTIONATE RATE OF INFECTION IN THEIR COMMUNITIESTHESE THIS DATA WILL BEPROTECTED WE WILL BE WORKINGWITH MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS TOENSURE THAT NO HIPAA RIGHTS AREVIOLATED AND THERE IS A SCRIPT THAT MAINTAINS THAT LEVEL OFDISCRETION THAT WE ASK THAT ALLOF THOSE.

YOU ARE TAKING THE CALLS ABIDEBY.

ADDITIONALLY WE ARE ASKING THATRESIDENTS WEAR MASKS.

I HAVE MY MASK THAT I WILL BEPUTTING ON SHORTLY AFTER THISPRESS CONFERENCE.

IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO HOLD APRESS CONFERENCE WHILE WEARING AMASK, BUT THAT HAS BEENRECOMMENDED BY CDC AND ISRECOMMENDED BECAUSE THIS ISCONSIDERED ONE OF THE MOST CRITICAL WEEKS IN THE NATIONWIDEFIGHT FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19.

WE ARE EXPECTED THAT THIS MAYTHE WEEK THAT WE MAY HIT THE THEHIGHEST NUMBER OF CASES AND THATWE MAY HIT THE THE PEAK IN THENATION.

AND SO WE ARE ASKING PEOPLE TOWEAR THOSE MASKS.

THEY ARE OUR BUSINESSES THAT AREOPEN FOR ESSENTIAL PURPOSES.

BUT WE ASK THAT YOU CHOOSE NOTTO GO TO THOSE BUSINESSES UNLESSIT IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL UNLESSYOU HAVE AN ABSOLUTE NEED TO DOSO.

WANT TO REASSERT AND STATE ONCEAGAIN THAT THIS VIRUS IS SERIOUSFOR MANY WHO DO NOT HAVEUNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS.

YES THE RATE OF GETTING OVER THEVIRUS AND YOU KNOW COMING BACKTO FULL HELENUS HEALTH IS A VERYGOOD RATE.

HOWEVER, THERE ARE THOSE AMONGUS WHO DO HAVE UNDERLYING HEALTHCONDITIONS AND THOSE WHO AREABOVE ARE ABOVE AGE OR ELDERSAND THAT ARE SUFFERINGDISPROPORTIONATELY TO THIS EFFECT.

WE ARE COLLECTING THIS DATA SOTHAT WE CAN BETTER RESPOND ANDTHAT WE CAN HELP THE NATIONBETTER RESPOND BASED ON THEINFORMATION THAT WE AREGATHERING.

I ASK THAT YOU CONTINUE TO WASHYOUR HANDS FOR 20 SECONDS THATYOU CONTINUE TO USE HANDSANITIZER THAT YOU CONTINUE TOFOLLOW THE HYGIENICRECOMMENDATIONS THAT WE HAVE PROVIDED THAT IF YOU COUGH ORSNEEZE, PLEASE DO SO IN A NAPKINAND THROW THAT NAPKIN AWAY.

WE ARE ASKING THAT YOU CONTINUETO MAINTAIN YOUR SOCIALDISTANCING WHEN YOU ARE INPUBLIC SPACE THAT YOU HAVE TO GOINTO AND THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDERIS STILL IN FULL EFFECT.

THERE HAVE BEEN SOME VIOLATORSAND THERE HAVE BEEN CITATIONSTHAT HAVE BEEN ISSUED BASED ONTHOSE VIOLATIONS.

WE ARE TAKING THIS VERYSERIOUSLY AND WE WILL MOSTESPECIALLY BE VIGILANT THISUPCOMING DURING THIS WEEK AS WEKNOW THAT THIS IS A CRITICALWEEK IN THE FIGHT FOR COVID-19.

LASTLY.

I WOULD LIKE TO ASK OURRESIDENTS THOSE WHO MAY BETRAVELING THROUGH THE CITY OFJACKSON ON FRIDAY AT 12 NOON.

EITHER PUT A SIGN IN YOUR WINDOWIN SUPPORT OF OUR FIRSTRESPONDERS IN SUPPORT OF ALL OFTHE HEALTHCARE PERSONNEL ANDEXPERTS THAT ARE FIGHTING ON OURBEHALF IN ORDER TO ASSURE THAT WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO ARE TAKINGCARE OF IN ORDER TO ASSURE THATWE HAVE THE BEST RESPONSEPOSSIBLE TO THIS COVID-19 PREPENDEMIC.

WE ARE ALSO ASKING THAT IF YOUARE TRAVELING IN A VEHICLE AT 12NOON ONCE AGAIN AT 12 NOON THISFRIDAY.

WE ARE ASKING THAT YOU HONK YOURHORNS IN SUPPORT OF ALL OF THEFIRST RESPONDERS AND HEALTHCAREOFFICIALS THAT ARE AIDING AS WEDEAL WITH THIS PANDEMIC BOTHHERE IN JACKSON AND NATIONWIDE WE HAVE PROVIDED YOU WITH ANUMBER OF UPDATES.

AND SO IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONSWITH RESPECT TO THE THINGS THATI HAVE SHARED WITH YOU ORANYTHING ELSE THAT ISASSOCIATED.

IT’S COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS.

WE WILL ACCEPT THOSE QUESTIONSAT THIS TIME.

WE WILL BE TESTING THEM AS SOONAS WE GET THEM.

WE HAVE PURCHASED THEM.

THEY ARE IN ROUTE.

WE WERE TOLD THAT WE SHOULDEXPECT THEM BY FRIDAY OF THISWEEK AND THAT IS COORDINATINGOUR RESPONSE ALONG WITH OURPARTNERSHIP.

WITH JACK, HUH? JACKSON HINES OMPREHENSIVEHELP.

THERE WAS A NEED FOR THEM TOACQUIRE MORE PROTECTIVE GEAR.

AND SO THIS TIMING IS ALLOWINGBOTH THEIR ABILITY TO GET MOREPROTECTIVE GEAR IN ORDER TOADMINISTER THE TEST AND AT THESAME TIME THE CITY PROVIDE THEMWITH MORE TESTS TO FACILITATE OUR PROGRAM.

CAN YOU SPEAK UP FOR ME? IT’S A LITTLE DIFFICULT.

YES.

WELL WE HAVE OFTEN WE HAVESPOKEN OFTEN ABOUT THE POTENTIALOF IMPLEMENTING A CURFEW THEREALITY IS IS THAT A CURFEWMERELY PUTS A TIME STAMP ON THETHE PROVISIONS AND THE POLICY THAT WE’VE ALREADY IMPLEMENTED.

THE CURFEW WOULD CHANGE WOULDNOT CHANGE YOUR LEAVE FORESSENTIAL PURPOSE.

IS ANY MORE THAN A STAY-AT-HOMEORDER DOES AND SO WE JUST ASKTHAT PEOPLE ACTUALLY ABIDE BYTHOSE POLICIES THAT ARE ALREADYIMPLEMENTED NOW IF IT MAKES ITOR SPELLS IT OUT ANY CLEARER FOR INDIVIDUALS THEN POTENTIALLY WEWILL ISSUE A CURFEW BUT THECURFEW DOES NOT CHANGE WHAT ISALREADY IN EFFECT.

YOU ARE ALREADY TOLD TO STAY ATHOME UNLESS YOU HAVE ANESSENTIAL PURPOSE FOR WHICH YOUSHOULD LEAVE AND THE CURFEWWOULD JUST PUT A TIMELINE ONTHAT WHERE THAT IS.

READY THE CASE AND SO THAT ITESSENTIALLY CHANGES NOTHING.

IT JUST GIVES A TIME BY WHICHPEOPLE RECOGNIZE THAT THAT TAKESPLACE.

AND SO THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDERMAKES IT VERY CLEAR THAT YOU ARENOT SUPPOSED TO LEAVE THE HOUSEUNLESS YOU HAVE THAT ESSENTIALPURPOSE OR NEED ANY OTHERQUESTIONS.

YES, WE HAVE WE HAVE YES, WEHAVE ISSUED GLOVES AND MASKS TOOUR FIRST RESPONDERS.

IN FACT, WE ARE MAINTAINING ASPREADSHEET OF WHAT HAS BEENISSUED TO WHICH PRECINCT WHATDEPARTMENT AND EVEN TO WHATFIRST RESPONDER AND SO THAT’SCRITICAL FOR US.

NOW WHAT WE ARE DEALING WITH ISA SHORTAGE NASON NATIONWIDE INTERMS OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVEGEAR.

AND SO THERE HAVE BEEN GUYSLINES ESTABLISHED BY THE CDC INORDER TO MAINTAIN THE PROPER THEPERSONAL PROTECTIVE GEAR THATYOU ARE UTILIZING LIKE MASKS.

HOW DO YOU CAN DISINFECT THATMASK? HANG IT UP IN ORDER TO USEAGAIN, AND IT’S NOT SIMPLY ANEQUATION OR A QUESTION RATHERABOUT PURCHASING MORE PROTECTIVEGEAR.

IT’S A MATTER OF SUPPLY CHAINAND DEMAND AND SO BECAUSE WE AREHAVING SUPPLY CHAIN DEMANDISSUES WORLDWIDE WE ARE WE AREREQUIRING AND WE ARE IN NEED OFFOLLOWING THOSE GUIDELINES BECAUSE THERE’S NO CERTAINTYWHEN MORE PROTECTIVE GEAR WILLBE AVAILABLE TO THE CITY OFJACKSON THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPIOR ANY MUNICIPALITY FOR THATMATER.

AND SO THAT IS WHY IT IS IT ISCRITICALLY IMPORTANT THAT WEFOLLOW THOSE GUIDELINES IN ORDERTO REUSE THESE MASKS UNTIL WEHAVE A LARGER STOCKPILE.

NO, I WILL NOT IDENTIFY THOSEHOTELS.

OR HIPAA REASONS.

I DON’T WANT A STIGMA OF PLACEON THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARESEEKING SAFE HARBOR WHILE THEYGET BETTER, BUT I WILL LET YOUKNOW THAT WE HAVE REACHED ANAGREEMENT WITH ONE OF OUR HOSPITALITY PARTNERS IN ORDER TOESTABLISH SUCH SUCH A PLACE FORPEOPLE TO REST AND GET BETTER.

PEOPLE CAN CALL THE HOTLINEWHICH WE CAN PROVIDE TO YOU IFTHEY IF THEY WANT TO GET THAT.

I ALREADY UNDERSTAND THAT YOUALREADY HAVE THE HOTLINE AND YOUCAN GO ON THE WEBSITE FOR THAT.

I DON’T HAVE THE NUMBER HERE INMY NOTES.

AND SO THAT’S WHY I WON’T SAY ITOVER THE MICROPHONE, BUT I ASKTHAT PEOPLE AND WE WILL MAKECERTAIN THAT WE PROMOTE THATHOTLINE WELL FOR THEM, BUT IASKED THAT PEOPLE DO GO TO THAT HOTLINE IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCINGTHE SYMPTOMS IF YOU ARE.

DEEP AND MEAD OF GOING TO THISHOTEL IN ORDER TO GET BETTER ANDTO TAKE YOUR FAMILY OUT OF RISKOR WHOMEVER YOU MAY BE LIVINGWITH OUT OF RISK FROMCONTRACTING THE VIRUS YOU HAD ANOTHER QUESTION.

YES, I SPOKE WITH THE POLICECHIEF ABOUT THAT SHOOTING.

IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING.

IF THEY HAVE A PERSON OFINTEREST THAT THEY ARE THEY AREQUESTIONING AT THIS TIME.

THE INVESTIGATION IS NOTCOMPLETE AND I WILL SHY AWAYFROM PROVIDING MORE DETAILSUNTIL I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TOTALK.

TO TALK WITH THE FAMILY.

I CAN’T HEAR YOU.

YES, WELL THIS AN ACT OFSENSELESS VIOLENCE AND THERE ISNO JUSTIFICATION FOR IT.

AND SO WE WILL CONTINUE TO BEVIGILANT TOWARDS IT I CONTINUEDTO ASSURE THE RESIDENTS THAT WEWOULD DO ALL THAT WE CAN TOBRING THIS SITUATION TO JUSTICEAND WE ASK THAT ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION.

AND COME FORWARD AND PROVIDE ITTO US.

I ASK THAT YOU KEEP THE FAMILYMEMBERS IN PRAYER AND COVER THEMAT THIS THIS MOMENT IN TIME.

THANK YOU ANY OTHER QUESTIONSWITH RESPECT TO GO LIVE ON THEFULL PROGRAM.

WE WILL GO LIVE ON THIS FULLPROGRAM THIS FRIDAY.

SO THAT IS WITH RESPECT TO THEABILITY TO GET TESTED MORE ONCEWE GET THE TEST.

AND WE WILL HAVE PEOPLE PREPAREDTO ANSWER THE CALLS AT THAT TIMEWITH THE THE HOTLINE.

AND SO WE WANT YOU TO KNOW THATTHE CITY OF JACKSON IS BEINGPROACTIVE IN OUR RESPONSE TOTHIS VIRUS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

WE APPRECIAT.

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