Gov. Tate Reeves returns from Spain as cases of virus rise

Published: Mar. 14, 2020 at 12:14 PM CDT
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Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves, who had been in Spain with his family for a daughter’s soccer tournament, returned to Jackson Friday, news outlets reported.

Asked whether the governor will quarantine himself in light of the thousands of cases in Spain, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, the state health officer, said, “We are meeting with him. We don’t want to scoop what the governor has to say.”

The Mississippi State Department of Health says six people in the state have now tested positive for the new coronavirus, up five from Wednesday. Officials say they're still getting information about two of those cases, so they won't say where the people live. Two are from the Hattiesburg area, where the first person to test positive also lives.

The news comes as school and college closures that have mounted nationwide begin to spread across Mississippi.