Gov. Reeves press conference

Published: May. 20, 2020 at 2:43 PM CDT
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Gov. Tate Reeves is holding a press briefing to give an update on the current situation of COVID-19 in Mississippi and discuss the state's ongoing strategy to flatten the curve.

State health officer, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, noted Mississippi has seen a decline in ER visits but a gradual increase in hospitalizations.

The governor said he is signing measures to get money channeled to Mississippi's small businesses to help them recover from losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Reeves also announced Burl Cain as the new head of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Cain spent more than 20 years as prison administrator and warden at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.\

Cain currently serves as CEO and founder of Global Prison Seminaries Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes a positive changing prison culture through theological education programs in prisons throughout the United States and internationally.

Sean Tindell was named as the new head of the Department of Public Safety. He previously served as a member of the Mississippi State Senate and a judge with the Mississippi Court of Appeals. Judge Tindell earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. He earned a Juris Doctorate in 2001 from Mississippi College School of Law, where he earned honors of American jurisprudence in counseling and negotiations and domestic relations.