Tupelo leaders approve emergency declaration because of coronavirus

The Tupelo City Council approved an emergency declaration Monday as the city, the state and the country try to deal with the impact of the coronavirus.

Posted: Mar 16, 2020 9:28 PM
Updated: Mar 16, 2020 11:08 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — The Tupelo City Council approved an emergency declaration Monday as the city, the state and the country try to deal with the impact of the coronavirus.

Mayor Jason Shelton said the declaration helps in two ways.

Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton speaking to the City Council on March 16, 2020. Councilmen Buddy Palmer and Willie Jennings can be seen in a reflection on a nearby television monitor. (Craig Ford)

“It makes sure that our department heads have the leeway that they need to do whatever it takes for the city to adequately respond in an emergency," said Shelton. "And the second thing that it does is it puts the city of Tupelo on the legal footing to be reimbursed by MEMA and FEMA in the future."

His hope, however, is that the declaration is not needed, that the move will turn out to be an overreaction.

Prior to City Council approval, the mayor and members of the council discussed what could come with the virus.

One thing that is not happening yet is a mandatory order for restaurants in the city to shut down with the federal government now recommending crowds of no more than 10 people to prevent the virus from spreading.

"It needs to be a uniform thing across the state," according to the mayor. "If we close businesses and they don't close in an adjoining city, well then it defeats the purpose of doing it."

Shelton also told the council he was not aware of any coronavirus cases in the All America City, but he speculated that it would not be a surprise for North Mississippi Medical Center to treat someone with the virus since it treats patients from across the region.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 245847

Reported Deaths: 5356
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto16717168
Hinds15748310
Harrison12806188
Rankin10334204
Jackson9996172
Lee8666135
Madison7994158
Jones6112108
Forrest5826117
Lauderdale5672174
Lowndes5186106
Lafayette482792
Lamar471162
Washington4700122
Bolivar3915105
Oktibbeha384279
Panola357274
Pontotoc356552
Monroe3463101
Union334755
Warren334692
Marshall333264
Neshoba3310149
Pearl River313891
Leflore2969104
Lincoln290185
Sunflower275868
Tate264759
Alcorn257850
Itawamba257058
Pike254876
Hancock246957
Prentiss240047
Scott238743
Copiah235649
Yazoo235054
Tippah233845
Simpson230166
Leake226764
Coahoma219054
Grenada213970
Covington207171
Marion203371
Adams200065
Winston196260
George195937
Wayne193029
Attala190958
Newton185142
Chickasaw179943
Tishomingo179059
Holmes167467
Jasper163533
Clay155632
Stone138818
Tallahatchie137033
Clarke135160
Calhoun132021
Smith117322
Yalobusha112534
Walthall110536
Noxubee108922
Greene108229
Montgomery107134
Carroll102320
Lawrence99817
Perry98631
Amite95725
Webster90024
Claiborne84125
Tunica84021
Jefferson Davis82925
Humphreys80324
Benton79722
Kemper75620
Quitman6678
Franklin64613
Choctaw59412
Wilkinson57424
Jefferson52019
Sharkey42317
Issaquena1576
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 414583

Reported Deaths: 5945
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson60842887
Mobile29590538
Madison26466183
Tuscaloosa20537267
Montgomery18562304
Shelby18181112
Baldwin15841177
Lee1212097
Morgan12002112
Etowah11488142
Calhoun10863197
Marshall10048106
Houston8405123
Cullman792294
Limestone785073
Elmore7670101
DeKalb757282
St. Clair7417120
Lauderdale740282
Talladega6036108
Walker5834176
Jackson571937
Colbert522270
Blount521980
Autauga507555
Coffee431456
Dale388278
Franklin362145
Chilton332965
Covington325567
Russell318910
Escambia309842
Dallas297988
Chambers275769
Clarke272933
Tallapoosa2591107
Pike245829
Lawrence239345
Marion238649
Winston222535
Bibb211347
Geneva196331
Marengo196329
Pickens195331
Hale172542
Barbour169636
Butler166958
Fayette164026
Cherokee158330
Henry149219
Monroe143617
Randolph137635
Washington135426
Clay124446
Crenshaw117444
Lamar116819
Cleburne115123
Macon111935
Lowndes107935
Wilcox99921
Bullock97128
Perry95019
Conecuh92820
Sumter89126
Greene75123
Coosa59814
Choctaw50824
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