Governor extends COVID state of emergency

Governor extends COVID state of emergency


JACKSON — Gov. Tate Reeves announced Monday that he extending Mississippi’s State of Emergency for an additional 30 days.

Reeves’ announcement was in coordination with State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs and MEMA Executive Director Stephen McCraney to facilitate the state’s COVID-19 response including expanded access to telemedicine and leaving other response options open. 

“Once again, there will be no lockdowns or statewide mandates,” Reeves said in making the announcement.

Over the past week, Neshoba County recorded 45 new COVID-19 cases and one new death, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health’s Oct. 12 report.

Neshoba County has now recorded a total of 6,590 cases of COVID-19 and 204 deaths since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians reported three new positive cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths in the past week as of Oct. 11, with the total number of positive cases for the Tribe standing at 2,454 with 123 deaths. The Tribe reported four new hospitalizations.

Neshoba County Schools have not issued a report on cases since Oct. 1.

As of Monday, 28% of Neshoba County’s population is fully vaccinated, and 31% of the population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to MSDH.

Vaccinations are being administered at Walgreens at 1002 W. Beacon Street in Philadelphia, according to the MSDH.

Statewide, since the pandemic began in March 2020, 285,153 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been recorded by the MSDH along with 210,979 probable cases, totaling 496,132 cases. There have been 6,618 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, along with 3,256 probable deaths, totaling 9,874 deaths.

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