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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: 266598

Reported Deaths: 5852
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto17807191
Hinds16967332
Harrison14298204
Rankin11280221
Jackson10976190
Lee9088145
Madison8619169
Jones6782118
Forrest6236124
Lauderdale6128192
Lowndes5564120
Lafayette5229101
Lamar507465
Washington4951125
Bolivar4149109
Oktibbeha409482
Panola388281
Pontotoc378560
Warren3698103
Monroe3693110
Marshall358570
Union357764
Pearl River3508106
Neshoba3499154
Leflore3122109
Lincoln307688
Hancock296362
Sunflower293075
Tate281162
Alcorn273554
Pike271081
Itawamba270063
Scott260849
Yazoo257156
Prentiss254554
Coahoma251555
Copiah250749
Tippah250150
Simpson243872
Leake238467
Marion225973
Grenada224272
Covington222473
Adams215371
Wayne215034
Winston207771
George204839
Newton200046
Attala197464
Tishomingo195661
Chickasaw189644
Jasper182538
Holmes172268
Clay167537
Tallahatchie157535
Stone152925
Clarke148662
Calhoun141822
Smith130726
Yalobusha123835
Walthall115037
Greene114529
Noxubee114126
Montgomery112736
Lawrence107617
Carroll106922
Perry105331
Amite102426
Webster97424
Claiborne89725
Tunica89321
Jefferson Davis88930
Benton86523
Humphreys84824
Kemper81020
Quitman7149
Franklin70717
Choctaw63813
Wilkinson59925
Jefferson57121
Sharkey45717
Issaquena1606
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 443009

Reported Deaths: 6662
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson649101007
Mobile31746574
Madison28413217
Tuscaloosa21566275
Montgomery20088332
Shelby19452132
Baldwin17333189
Lee13261107
Morgan12678142
Etowah12141181
Calhoun11555206
Marshall10487123
Houston9031164
Limestone838181
Cullman8296124
Elmore8243110
Lauderdale7946107
DeKalb7900107
St. Clair7876130
Talladega6523112
Walker6050183
Jackson603245
Colbert558194
Blount548586
Autauga540762
Coffee466964
Dale412785
Franklin377550
Russell358415
Chilton346873
Covington340880
Escambia339244
Tallapoosa3163109
Dallas313696
Chambers305470
Clarke303336
Pike265231
Lawrence255855
Marion254661
Winston234742
Bibb222948
Geneva213047
Marengo210531
Pickens200431
Hale186144
Barbour183438
Fayette178829
Butler174860
Cherokee166031
Henry160025
Monroe152621
Randolph146636
Washington142727
Clay130746
Crenshaw124845
Macon122837
Cleburne122125
Lamar120622
Lowndes116836
Wilcox108322
Bullock104628
Perry100518
Conecuh98022
Sumter90627
Greene77923
Coosa64018
Choctaw52124
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