The Center for Disease Control has issued guidance saying that indoor masks are essential in COVID-19 ‘hotspots”, but the Washington County Board of Supervisors knows better than doctors.
Even though Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has said that he will fight any federal order on mask mandates, the Board of Supervisors has decided to bring them back for anyone in indoor spaces regardless of vaccination status.
The decision on the mandate comes after a report of David Burford, the county’s emergency management director during Monday’s regular board meeting.
Delta Health Systems CEO Scott Christensen informed the Board of Supervisors that while patient admission numbers for the hospital are down, its outpatient clinic has seen a surge in number due to COVID-19 cases.
“The Delta variant is real. The numbers are up,” Christensen said. “Our clinic is pretty slammed with COVID patients, our outpatient clinic that’s on the first floor of the hospital.”
In case this is all confusing, it can be summed up like this-
Hospitalizations are way down from where they were just six months ago. Very few people are dying from the virus, and those that are almost all have significant underlying medical conditions. Yet the county has decided that masks are necessary, no matter the inconvenience, even though individual cities and municipalities within Washington County can essentially decide to enforce the mandate or not.
“We haven’t seen the rush or major influx of COVID patients being admitted into the hospital like I think you’re seeing on the news in Louisiana and some of the other bigger areas,” Christensen highlighted. “Now that’s not to say it won’t happen, I don’t know if it’s taking time to get that severe to be here, but we feel really good about catching it early on.”
Washington County Board of Supervisors
P.O. Box 158
Greenville, MS 38702