How Mississippi governor plans to address rise in COVID-19 cases without statewide mask mandate

Coronavirus

Miss. – Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves says he is working to address the recent surge in COVID cases without issuing a statewide mask mandate.

Friday, Mississippi reported more than 5,023 new COVID cases, its largest single day increase in cases since the start of the pandemic.

“This current wave seems to be more and more a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” Reeves said.

The state is hoping to use private companies to staff hospitals.

“Our challenge is much less about the physical aspect of hospital beds or the physical aspect of ICU beds and it’s much more about actually staffing them,” Reeves said.

He says Mississippi lost nearly 2,000 healthcare workers in the last year, but that’s not the only concern. State leaders say nearly 90 percent of current hospitalizations are among those not vaccinated, and sadly, many don’t make it home.

“We’ve lost four healthy people in their 20s, two of whom were pregnant, zero vaccinated,” said Dr. Thomas Dobbs, state health officer. “If we look at those in their 30s, in the past four days, we’ve lost ten people in their 30s and these aren’t people who are chronically ill or cancer patients. These are normal people who were at work a couple of weeks ago.”

Reeves says vaccines are the best way to get back to some sort of normalcy.

“I believe the vaccines are safe. I believe they are effective, and I believe they are the best tool we have moving forward to beat the virus,” Reeves said.

According to the CDC, Mississippi has the second lowest vaccination rate in the country. Despite those lows number, the governor reiterated he won’t support a statewide mask mandate, not even for schools.

“I don’t have any intention of issuing a statewide mask mandate for any category of Mississippians at this time,” Reeves said.

Reeves did extend the state of emergency for another 30 days.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

 

Are you vaccinated for COVID-19?

Yes
No, but I plan to get the vaccine
No, and I do not plan to get the vaccine

Created with Survey Maker

 

For people who are fully vaccinated, are you ditching the mask?

Yes!
No!
Will still use it sometimes

Created with Survey maker

Trending Stories

Latest News

More News

Watch Latest Videos

iPhones may soon measure depression, report says

Teen recovering after near-fatal shark attack

Gabby Petito’s Long Island hometown mourns her death

Monique Hobson

Wagon Trail Lane & Wagon Trail Cove in Southwest Memphis

East Memphis shooting

More News