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Governor Tate Reeves, Mayor Shelton take aim at each other

The governor mentioned Mayor Shelton after he was asked a question about communicating with mayors.

Posted: Jul 27, 2020 10:13 PM
Updated: Jul 28, 2020 9:23 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - During his news briefing on Monday, Gov. Tate Reeves was asked a question about how his office was communicating with mayors during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The question mentioned Mayor Jason Shelton and Jackson's mayor, saying the city leaders did not feel like the governor's office was communicating well with them outside of his news briefings. 

Gov. Tate Reeves speaking during a coronavirus news conference

"We've worked very very hard to communicate weekly, early on and pretty regularly with mayors. Mayors, like the one in Tupelo, who has decided he'd rather play politics in the middle of this pandemic than focus on what's right for his constituents and that's certainly his prerogative. He certainly wants to attack attack attack and play the blame game. There will be plenty of time for the blame game, there will be plenty of time for us to look back and say, well maybe we should have done this or maybe we should have done that, but now is not the time. When you're in the middle of a pandemic, the likes of which we haven't seen in over 100 years, anybody that has any sense is going to put politics aside and focus on doing what's right for our constituents," Reeves said.

WTVA 9 News reached out to Mayor Shelton for his response. He sent the following statement: 

“Tupelo has led the way in responding to Covid-19 and we have listened to local, state, and national health care providers every step of the way. We have followed the science in Tupelo and I will be glad to put our record pertaining to Covid-19 against the Governor’s. When we declared a state of emergency on February 24, 2020 Gov. Reeves was on his way to Spain for a European vacation. After returning when someone sent a private jet for him and after a prolonged period of inaction, I am glad to see the Governor finally taking Covid-19 seriously, but it is unfortunate that he continues with a nonsensical hodgepodge approach. We need uniform and consistent statewide mandates. Our State needs sound and decisive leadership and that is unfortunately missing at the moment. Our current Governor is so mistrusted by his own party that they stripped his ability to administer Cares Act funds from him. I will gladly work with Governor Reeves to implement sound policy to help keep Mississippians safe. We need to get partisan politics out of the equation and follow the guidance from our health care professionals, which is what we have done and will continue to do in Tupelo. “

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 307519

Reported Deaths: 7096
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto20772248
Hinds19888408
Harrison17489302
Rankin13311275
Jackson13097243
Madison9895210
Lee9856169
Jones8290160
Forrest7523146
Lauderdale7187237
Lowndes6262144
Lamar610584
Lafayette6027117
Washington5280132
Bolivar4769129
Oktibbeha455297
Panola4442103
Pearl River4419139
Warren4280118
Marshall4273100
Pontotoc416472
Monroe4057132
Union403675
Neshoba3987176
Lincoln3869108
Hancock372085
Leflore3468124
Sunflower329389
Tate322681
Pike3180104
Scott310572
Yazoo304368
Alcorn297764
Itawamba296776
Copiah292965
Coahoma289677
Simpson287484
Tippah284668
Prentiss275659
Marion265779
Wayne261341
Leake261073
Grenada254982
Covington254580
Adams245882
Newton244859
George237847
Winston225981
Tishomingo222067
Jasper219748
Attala213273
Chickasaw204857
Holmes186471
Clay182454
Stone179131
Clarke176876
Tallahatchie175240
Calhoun163230
Yalobusha158836
Smith158534
Walthall130543
Greene129433
Lawrence126223
Noxubee125933
Montgomery125542
Perry125138
Carroll120826
Amite120041
Webster113432
Jefferson Davis105432
Tunica102525
Claiborne101330
Benton97225
Kemper95226
Humphreys94332
Franklin81823
Quitman78916
Choctaw72817
Jefferson64828
Wilkinson64727
Sharkey49617
Issaquena1686
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 518899

Reported Deaths: 10712
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson753641487
Mobile37763798
Madison33859494
Tuscaloosa25266443
Montgomery23962565
Shelby23106238
Baldwin20631300
Lee15524165
Calhoun14284311
Morgan14139268
Etowah13662345
Marshall11957219
Houston10380278
Elmore9993200
Limestone9811147
Cullman9470188
St. Clair9426234
Lauderdale9215227
DeKalb8746181
Talladega8058171
Walker7087275
Jackson6754110
Autauga6723103
Blount6483135
Colbert6203130
Coffee5399112
Dale4767110
Russell428838
Franklin419982
Chilton4083109
Covington4053114
Tallapoosa3893146
Escambia387674
Dallas3527149
Chambers3499122
Clarke346360
Marion3065100
Pike305875
Lawrence295395
Winston272372
Bibb256258
Marengo248661
Geneva245875
Pickens232959
Barbour224755
Hale218775
Butler212266
Fayette208960
Henry187844
Cherokee182044
Randolph176941
Monroe171440
Washington164038
Macon154548
Clay149354
Crenshaw149257
Cleburne146041
Lamar139234
Lowndes136453
Wilcox124327
Bullock121340
Conecuh109028
Perry107926
Sumter102932
Coosa99228
Greene90734
Choctaw58724
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