Governor Reeves adds more counties to mask mandate

Governor Tate Reeves is adding more restrictions as coronavirus cases continue to rise in the state.

On Monday, hospitalizations reached a record high in Mississippi.

Today, Reeves added 13 counties to the mask mandate list that now covers 54 counties which is more than half of the state.

Those counties are: Quitman, Jefferson, Franklin, Noxubee, Kemper, Amite, Coahoma, Sunflower, Scott, Adams, Oktibbeha, Monroe, and Washington.

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs is still stressing to Mississippians that right now is not the time to attend non-essential gatherings. State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said, “If there’s no reason to go to a party, there’s no reason right now. We’re seeing large family gatherings and even small ones, or cocktail parties, or students getting together at a parent sponsored social event. This is where we’re seeing outbreaks. The other phenomenon we’re seeing is very concerning is young, asymptomatic children giving it to their parents and their grandparents. This is the phenomenon that’s very concerning after the Thanksgiving holiday because we know we have had a significant mixing of younger people who are higher risk for the infection then transmitting it to older folks who are at higher risk for hospitalization and death and certainly we can anticipate this will give us increased pressure and burden on the health system.”

Dr. Dobbs also mentioned the excitement of the vaccines that will be distributed. He warns those who plan on getting the vaccine of possible side effects.

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