Shelter-in-place order goes in effect for Mississippi
To slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of all Mississippians, today Governor Tate Reeves signed a new executive order establishing a statewide shelter-in-place.
At a press conference Wednesday, Governor Tate Reeves announced his decision to issue shelter-in-place orders for Mississippi. “Prohibited activities, of course, all public and private social and other non-essential gatherings of groups of more than ten people. This will also shut down all places of amusement, recreation whether indoors or outdoors, including, but not limited to amusement park rides, museums, playgrounds, children’s party and play facilities, all parks, including all beaches, lakes, and reservoirs, but not including walking trails, movie theaters, bowling alleys, and social clubs are being closed.”
Though the case numbers continue to climb in Mississippi, Dr. Thomas Dobbs says our state is secure when it comes to life-saving equipment for now. “On the ventilator pieces, we have plenty for Mississippians today. It’s not today we’re worried about, it’s next week and the week after next. So, we do a daily inventory of ventilators and we know how many we have available. We know that we have an expandable access to ventilators if we start looking at those areas in operating rooms because operating rooms are pretty silent these days. So, we can expand that pretty quickly.”
When asked about school during the conference, Governor Tate Reeves had this to say: “I’m not ready to make a call at this point on the schools. Obviously, they are closed until what is in effect until April 20th which is the same day this order would be in effect until. So, my anticipation is as we get a week or two out and see what the curve does in Mississippi and kind of where we find ourselves will make those decisions in the coming days.”
As of Wednesday, there are 136 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the state. Reeves says this is a virus that will continue to run rampant if residents don’t do their part. “If you will comply and if you do your part over the next two weeks, we’ll be able to slow the spread and will have better data over the next couple of weeks and then hopefully we can remove this as scheduled and as planned.”