JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) — Mississippi's health officer attributed a recent spike in coronavirus cases in the Oxford area partly to fraternity parties.
"We have linked some patients back or quite a few patients back to fraternity rush parties that are happening in the summer," said State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs. "And early information suggests they're violating the law in the number of people who are at these parties."
Dobbs told reporters at Thursday's coronavirus news conference the governor's executive order has not changed when it comes to gatherings — no more than 20 people at an indoor event when there is no social distancing.
He said 81 percent of the new cases in that area are in the 18-24 age group.
"Of those, 92 percent are from in-state...and 60 percent are actually from Lafayette County," said Dobbs.