Mississippi has established a web site the place homeowners of small companies can quickly begin making use of for grants funded by a federal coronavirus pandemic reduction package deal, Gov. Tate Reeves mentioned Friday.
The location — backtobusinessms.org — has guidelines for this system created by state legislators and authorised by Reeves. Grants of $1,500 to $25,000 can be found to companies with 50 or fewer workers.
Reeves mentioned the state is within the technique of hiring a personal contractor to manage this system. Though the Republican governor has mentioned many occasions that he desires to get cash to companies quickly, he cautioned that there may very well be a rush of functions to start with.
“There are going to be rising pains. We’re beginning up a program from scratch,” Reeves mentioned.
The governor has steadily eased restrictions on companies in current weeks, permitting barbershops, magnificence salons, tattoo parlors and casinos to reopen and eating places to permit dine-in companies — all with extra well being rules and limits on prospects to attempt to mitigate the unfold of the extremely contagious virus. Beginning Monday, all kinds of companies, together with film theaters, will probably be allowed to reopen beneath these guidelines.
“Open for enterprise doesn’t imply risk-free,” Reeves mentioned Friday, cautioning that individuals ought to nonetheless put on masks and apply social distancing after they’re away from residence.
Further precautions have been mandated in eight of Mississippi’s 82 counties which have had disproportionately excessive numbers of COVID-19 circumstances.
Reeves mentioned Friday that he is revising the record by eradicating Attala, Leake, Scott and Newton counties. He additionally mentioned he is including Wayne County to the remaining 4: Holmes, Jasper, Neshoba and Lauderdale.
In these 5 counties, masks have to be worn by folks at outside occasions akin to flea markets or auctions, and by these buying inside. Companies should present masks for his or her workers in retail settings, and workers should put on masks whereas working.
As well as, companies are required to display workers for COVID-19 signs firstly of every shift, to offer hand sanitizer and guarantee workers stay no less than 6 toes (1.eight meters) aside wherever potential. Those that can not keep that distance should put on a masks whereas working, and the masks have to be sanitized or changed every day.
The state Well being Division mentioned Friday that Mississippi — with a inhabitants of about three million — has had no less than 14,790 confirmed circumstances and 710 deaths from the coronavirus as of Thursday night. That was a rise of 418 circumstances and 17 deaths from the numbers reported a day earlier. The numbers embody 4 deaths that occurred Could 11-15, with info arriving afterward dying certificates.
The variety of coronavirus infections is regarded as far increased as a result of many individuals haven’t been examined, and research recommend folks will be contaminated with the virus with out feeling sick. For most individuals, the coronavirus causes gentle or average signs that clear up inside weeks. For others, particularly older adults and folks with current well being issues, it may trigger extreme signs and be deadly.
The Well being Division mentioned no less than 1,839 circumstances of the virus have been confirmed in long-term care services akin to nursing properties, with no less than 358 virus-related deaths in these services.
The division additionally mentioned Friday that greater than 166,300 coronavirus checks had been performed in Mississippi as of Thursday. Greater than 7,300 of these had been blood checks that detect whether or not an individual has antibodies that normally present up after an an infection is resolved.