Harvard health official: Miss. will become number one in the nation for COVID-19
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By Justin Dixon | August 2, 2020 at 12:43 PM CDT - Updated August 3 at 4:58 AM
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute Ashish K. Jha predicts that Mississippi will become number one in the nation for COVID-19 based on numbers per capita.
“Mississippi will become [the] nation’s #1 in new cases/population. Already #1 on test [positivity],” Jha wrote on Twitter.
In a series of tweets, Jha highlighted several issues that he believes are contributing to the rising number of positive cases.
Jha first addressed the state’s COVID-19 testing along with hospitalizations and death rates.
“First, data. Compared to two weeks ago, Mississippi testing [is] down 8% while cases [are] up 37%. So that means test positivity is up. Way up. Actually [the] highest in the nation at 22%. Hospitalizations are up [and the] daily death toll [is] up nearly 2X in [the] past 2 weeks.”
Despite the increased numbers of cases and deaths, Governor Tate Reeves does not think another state shut down is necessary.
“The vast majority of Mississippians are small business owners and folks who work in small businesses, whereby if they don’t show up to work, they don’t get paid. If they don’t get paid, they can’t put food on the table for their kids and grandkids,” Reeves stated last week during a press brief.