Gov. extends Mississippi’s Safe Return Order and adds 8 new counties to mask mandate

Gov. extends Mississippi’s Safe Return Order and adds 8 new counties to mask mandate
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, left, listens as State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs, discusses the state's efforts to reduce and limit transmission from the COVID-19 virus, Monday, July 20, 2020, during a press briefing in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) (Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON, Miss. — Gov. Tate Reeves announced that he is extending the social distancing measures under the Safe Return and county-specific executive orders to continue combating the rising cases of COVID-19 across the state Thursday.

Consulting daily with state health officials on measured strategies to limit transmission and reviewing the data of the spike in cases, the Governor has extended the social distancing measures until Monday, August 17 at 8:00 a.m.  

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“We are throwing everything that we can at the hospital crisis in our state, and we are going to continue working to ensure the integrity of our health care system,” Reeves said.

“I want to underscore again: even if you do not personally fear Coronavirus, the overwhelming of the system affects everybody. If you get in a car wreck, you don’t want to be treated in a tent like we saw in other parts of the country. You want to get the best possible care,” he said.

Reeves also announced that eight additional counties reached the hotspot threshold set by state health experts.

Under Executive Order No. 1515, the following counties have been added to the county-specific executive orders with tighter social distancing measures going into effect on Monday, August 3 to help limit transmission:

  • Carroll
  • Coahoma
  • Jones
  • Lee
  • Leflore
  • Lowndes
  • Noxubee
  • Pontotoc

Reeves made the announcements at Thursday’s press briefing, which you can watch on Facebook here.

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