TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - North Mississippi Health Services (NMHS) is in support of Tupelo requiring masks in public.
City leaders announced an order Friday, requiring the use of face coverings.
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NMHS operates the North Mississippi Medical Center (NMMC), the hospital in Tupelo.
NMHS President Shane Spees and NMMC President David Wilson both issued a joint statement Friday afternoon.
”On behalf of North Mississippi Health Services and North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo, we would like to thank Mayor Jason Shelton for taking a stance as a leader in public health by approving masking requirements for our city. We wholeheartedly support this decision. We require masking in our hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and other NMHS locations. Many of our employees have been leading by example by wearing their masks outside of work to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We will support this community initiative by distributing donated masks to Tupelo residents beginning next week. Specific details on the distribution of masks will follow later.”
Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton said Thursday the increase in cases means more stringent action is needed.
On Thursday, the state department of health reported a record number of coronavirus cases across the state.
The health department reported 550 new cases Friday.
As of Friday, Lee County has recorded 437 total cases and 15 total deaths since the state reported its first case in mid-March.