Governor Reeves pleads with residents to be smart after state sees record high in daily virus deaths

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Governor Tate Reeves today pleading with Mississippians to take personal responsibility for their health and remain cautious following a record day for COVID-19 deaths in the state.

The spike in deaths comes after Reeves began to ease some restrictions under his shelter-in-place order, which went into effect on April 3rd through a ‘safer at home’ order that allowed retail stores to open at 50 percent capacity on April 27th. “The threat is not gone. Even as we all want to move one, we have to stay vigilant.”

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State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said that a big reason for the jump in the death total was due to the Mississippi State Department of Health’s revision of previous death certificates. He said of the 32 deaths reported Tuesday, 14 were from previous death certificates that were not initially included in official numbers.

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