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Gov. Reeves: Expect county-specific orders very soon

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves speaks at a recent COVID-19 press conference.
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves speaks at a recent COVID-19 press conference.(WTOK)
Published: Jul. 8, 2020 at 2:06 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 8, 2020 at 2:32 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves is updating the media on the state’s efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Reeves said Mississippi is seeing numbers of cases as high as any experienced since Mar. 11. He called COVID-19 a continuing “scourge on our country and state”.

Reeves says some bars and restaurants and their patrons are not following the rules that are in place.

The governor said he expects to issue county-specific orders very soon, with mandated masks and social distancing.

On June 27, Reeves said the state had 490 COVID-19 related hospitalizations., with the most recent number available at 648.

Reeves said he is a believer in personal responsibility and opposes the government telling you what to do. But in the case of a very contagious virus, the governor said your behavior can negatively impact other people, some perhaps more vulnerable than you are.

One reporter asked about the status of high school football for the fall of 2020.

“I am 100 percent committed to schools opening safely. I am not so committed to extracurricular activities,” said Reeves.

“Academics is a priority. Kids have to learn,” said State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs.

Dobbs said cross-country running is a sport that doesn’t on the face of it present problems for competition. But he says stadiums full of people together for a football game and close contact between athletes are a different level of concern and he doesn’t think it should happen.

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