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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: 16041

Reported Deaths: 767
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds103526
Lauderdale74568
Madison74525
Neshoba70742
Jones66331
Scott66112
Forrest59439
DeSoto5538
Leake44712
Rankin4468
Holmes43928
Copiah3154
Jackson30813
Attala30318
Yazoo2864
Newton2824
Leflore27334
Lincoln27029
Monroe26525
Harrison2637
Oktibbeha25314
Lamar2485
Lowndes2309
Wayne2242
Pearl River21131
Pike20411
Adams20015
Noxubee1916
Washington1917
Warren18110
Covington1732
Jasper1654
Lee1657
Bolivar16511
Clarke15419
Smith15311
Kemper14711
Lafayette1414
Chickasaw13714
Coahoma1274
Winston1211
Marion1179
Carroll11711
Clay1154
Claiborne1122
Lawrence1061
Simpson1020
Grenada993
Yalobusha966
Tate951
Hancock9112
Itawamba897
Wilkinson859
Union857
Sunflower853
Montgomery851
Panola843
Marshall813
Jefferson Davis803
Tippah7611
Webster683
Calhoun674
Amite641
Walthall610
Humphreys597
Tunica563
Prentiss563
Perry513
Choctaw482
Pontotoc433
Jefferson431
Tishomingo340
Quitman340
Stone310
Franklin292
Tallahatchie291
George261
Greene221
Alcorn181
Benton140
Sharkey70
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 18474

Reported Deaths: 651
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Mobile2283118
Jefferson1882103
Montgomery180243
Tuscaloosa81616
Marshall7059
Franklin5768
Lee55234
Shelby52220
Tallapoosa43166
Butler41618
Walker3782
Elmore3739
Chambers35826
Madison3444
Morgan2971
Baldwin2929
Unassigned2922
Dallas2823
Etowah26112
DeKalb2563
Lowndes25512
Autauga2395
Coffee2381
Sumter2267
Houston2235
Bullock2136
Pike2080
Colbert1872
Hale1789
Russell1770
Barbour1751
Marengo1746
Lauderdale1672
Calhoun1653
Choctaw15310
Wilcox1527
Cullman1501
Clarke1482
St. Clair1311
Randolph1287
Marion12411
Dale1230
Pickens1215
Talladega1175
Limestone1080
Chilton1041
Greene954
Winston910
Macon864
Jackson833
Henry812
Covington811
Crenshaw783
Bibb761
Escambia743
Washington726
Blount631
Lawrence510
Monroe442
Geneva430
Perry420
Conecuh411
Coosa401
Cherokee383
Clay282
Lamar260
Fayette160
Cleburne151
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