The state’s colleges are COVID-19 epicenters. Just don’t tell the college administrators and Trump-allied governor pulling the strings.
Larrison Campbell is a freelance journalist who writes about politics, public health, and gender in the U.S. South.
While COVID-racked Alabama showed signs of bending, other hot-zone colleges were stubbornly plowing ahead.
Critics say the University of Mississippi is pressuring exposed students to go back to their parents—and risk further COVID-19 disaster.
“How bad does it have to get? Is it a certain number of cases? Is it one death? Well, we’ve already had one teacher who died.”
COVID-19 deaths are exploding in the state—and it may be a massive undercount. One coroner put it simply: “It’s bad.”
The dire situation in Mississippi—where disease surveillance for HIV has succumbed to coronavirus chaos—could send the larger region into a death spiral.