As Mississippi continues to experience a surge in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant, Governor Tate Reeves held a news conference on Thursday to address the state’s response.
Gov. Reeves said he would not issue a statewide mask mandate or a mask mandate for schools. “I do not give a damn about any political agenda,” Reeves stated. According to the governor, the state received 150 ventilators from the national stockpile. On Thursday, the Emergency Department at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) reported experiencing a backlog of patients who need to be placed in emergency beds.
The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reported 4,807 new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Mississippi, along with 21 additional deaths on Thursday. Reeves once again encouraged Mississippians to talk to their doctors about getting the vaccine. The governor said vaccination rates in the state are up despite the surge in cases.
When it comes to schools, the governor said he wants to do everything he can to keep schools open this year. He believes closing schools in 2020 was a mistake and said there will be more outbreaks because that’s just a consequence of an airborne virus. On Thursday, the Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) voted to allow school districts to use hybrid scheduling if needed to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
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