Governor declared state of emergency over coronavirus

Governor Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency Saturday over the coronavirus, encouraging schools to stay closed, people to work from home and churches not to have Sunday services.

Posted: Mar 14, 2020 2:01 PM
Updated: Mar 14, 2020 5:49 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) — Governor Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency Saturday over the coronavirus, a move which will escalate coordination among state and local agencies to deal with the pandemic.

The move came just a couple of days after the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency put its emergency operations center at a level one, a level not reached since Hurricane Katrina.

Picture from Gov. Tate Reeves Twitter account of him on a monitor meeting with the state's pandemic response team.

Courtesy photo released March 14 of Gov. Tate Reeves signing an emergency declaration over the coronavirus

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In a recorded message, he encouraged schools to take a second week of spring break and people to work from home, if possible.

He also made an appeal to churches.

"I'm asking churches not to hold large in person services in the morning," said Reeves, a Republican. "You can worship from home."

Reeves also encouraged people in the state not to panic.

"We are acting calmly and steadily," said Reeves in a news release. "In this state, we were prepared. We have a pandemic plan that is being followed to the letter."

The governor just returned from a family trip to Spain, a country that on Saturday went into a nationwide lockdown after an alarming rise in coronavirus cases.

Reeves said in his video statement he will voluntarily work from home over the next 14 days out of an abundance of caution even though he and his family are healthy, strong and have no symptoms.

"But we know we have to be an example of caution, and that is what we are doing," said Reeves.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 118587

Reported Deaths: 3310
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds8050179
DeSoto728580
Harrison549185
Jackson480088
Rankin404686
Madison386194
Lee366582
Forrest311878
Jones296684
Washington2627100
Lafayette255043
Lauderdale2546135
Lamar231940
Oktibbeha204855
Bolivar203979
Neshoba1868111
Lowndes181962
Panola172040
Leflore170688
Sunflower164349
Warren156156
Monroe153873
Pontotoc150620
Marshall148430
Lincoln143359
Pike140656
Copiah139336
Scott127029
Coahoma125837
Union125825
Yazoo123434
Simpson123149
Grenada122939
Tate121039
Itawamba117226
Leake116342
Pearl River116360
Holmes115060
Adams109445
Prentiss109220
Alcorn104512
Wayne102722
George101719
Covington98829
Marion95943
Tippah94924
Newton87227
Hancock86828
Chickasaw86727
Tallahatchie85526
Winston85221
Tishomingo82741
Attala80527
Clarke77053
Clay71022
Jasper69617
Walthall64427
Calhoun63313
Noxubee60217
Smith60216
Yalobusha56416
Montgomery55823
Lawrence54414
Claiborne53916
Tunica53717
Perry52423
Carroll50312
Stone49114
Greene48118
Humphreys45117
Amite42813
Quitman4236
Jefferson Davis42112
Webster37813
Benton36710
Wilkinson34221
Kemper33315
Sharkey28715
Jefferson27910
Franklin2513
Choctaw2096
Issaquena1074
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 161537

Reported Deaths: 2718
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson23769383
Mobile17039318
Tuscaloosa10539141
Montgomery10435199
Madison946798
Shelby756365
Baldwin674369
Lee662465
Calhoun468962
Marshall445251
Etowah436552
Morgan426335
Houston421234
DeKalb351229
Elmore326558
St. Clair307042
Limestone295131
Walker285593
Talladega273937
Cullman260025
Lauderdale237143
Jackson221917
Autauga210331
Colbert208232
Franklin207732
Blount198825
Russell19763
Chilton190932
Dallas188127
Coffee182611
Dale180852
Covington176729
Escambia175331
Clarke138017
Chambers137047
Pike135514
Tallapoosa135387
Marion110331
Barbour10459
Marengo103522
Butler101541
Winston94313
Geneva9357
Lawrence87733
Pickens87418
Bibb85615
Randolph84316
Hale78030
Cherokee76114
Clay75812
Washington75412
Henry7286
Lowndes71728
Monroe66010
Bullock65017
Crenshaw61130
Perry5966
Fayette59413
Cleburne5779
Wilcox57112
Conecuh56513
Macon54120
Lamar5165
Sumter47721
Choctaw39412
Greene34616
Coosa2143
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