COVID numbers spike two week after Mississippi mask mandate allowed to expire

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — Fourteen days after the mask mandate expired and Mississippi’s governor failed to renew it, the state saw a spike in COVID-19 cases with 1,322 new cases concerning health officials across the state.

Oxford’s Beverly Cole told FOX13 she points the blame squarely at Gov. Tate Reeves for letting the mask mandate expire.

“I feel like there is now blood on his hands and it’s his responsibility,” said Cole.

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A number of EMS officials across the state said they feel the increase in numbers could be a bit misleading due in part to an increase in free testings at health departments across the state.

Southaven’s Cambell Webb, an Ole Miss student, said she could see that driving it.

“Because the University of Mississippi has now started offering free testing to students, I am sure that would make the number of cases up,” she said.

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Oxford is one of a few cities in North Mississippi that have a mask ordinance still in effect. You still have to wear a mask in businesses and restaurants and a lot of people here still wear them.

“I work at a restaurant and I have to wear a mask for nine hours at a time. I don’t have too much sympathy for people who are saying it’s too harsh a measure, " Webb said.

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