Governor Tate Reeves responds to growing number of COVID cases

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Governor Reeves sent out a tweet over the weekend responding to the growing number of coronavirus cases in the state of Mississippi.

It reads “Liberal media is trying to claim the increase of coronavirus was just caused by family BBQ’s on Memorial Day. They completely ignore the fact that our uptick (and other states) began within days of massive protests all over, which they celebrated. Please stay smart and safe.”

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He held a press conference on Facebook live this afternoon, addressing the COVID-19 surges and says he does not want to return the state to a lock down, but one would be needed if hospitals are overrun with COVID-19 patients. “For us to get there, we’ve got to do the little things now to make sure that we do not ever have to go back to total lock downs. It will be horrible for us as a state economically for us to go back to a scenario in which we were actually shutting down businesses, that is something that I have no desire to have to do. But, I do want you to know that I will do everything in my power to protect, not only the livelihoods of all Mississippians but also the lives of all Mississippians. We’ve already lost over a thousand Mississippians to this deadly disease, and we want to do everything in our power to protect all Mississippians going forward.”

Reeves said “a large number of legislators” have tested positive for COVID-19. He and his family have been tested for the coronavirus. He will be isolating until his results come back.

On June 30th, Reeves and others who attended the retiring of the state flag were not wearing masks.