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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: 112123

Reported Deaths: 3223
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds7823176
DeSoto676778
Harrison490283
Jackson439383
Rankin385986
Madison375793
Lee349079
Forrest298078
Jones285384
Washington253799
Lafayette244042
Lauderdale2398134
Lamar219038
Bolivar199477
Oktibbeha197654
Neshoba1820111
Lowndes175562
Panola167638
Leflore163287
Sunflower158849
Warren153255
Monroe146572
Pontotoc145219
Pike137256
Lincoln136856
Marshall136226
Copiah135736
Coahoma124036
Scott123829
Grenada120638
Yazoo119933
Simpson119549
Union116025
Leake113940
Holmes113760
Tate113639
Itawamba111325
Pearl River110559
Adams105243
Prentiss102919
Wayne99421
Alcorn96712
George95718
Covington94525
Marion93342
Tippah86521
Newton84927
Chickasaw83225
Winston82621
Tallahatchie82525
Tishomingo79741
Hancock78727
Attala78126
Clarke72750
Clay68421
Jasper67417
Walthall63327
Calhoun61812
Noxubee59617
Smith58516
Claiborne53416
Montgomery53123
Tunica52317
Yalobusha51314
Lawrence50414
Perry48423
Carroll46812
Greene45918
Stone45514
Amite42013
Humphreys41916
Quitman4176
Jefferson Davis40011
Webster36613
Wilkinson33120
Kemper32115
Benton3194
Sharkey28014
Jefferson27110
Franklin2373
Choctaw2036
Issaquena1064
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 153016

Reported Deaths: 2633
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson22720374
Mobile14405314
Tuscaloosa10066137
Montgomery9820196
Madison907894
Shelby715361
Lee646165
Baldwin644369
Marshall431048
Calhoun416059
Etowah412249
Morgan400033
Houston365532
DeKalb325428
Elmore312852
St. Clair283842
Limestone273630
Walker269993
Talladega259135
Cullman231024
Lauderdale212540
Jackson205515
Autauga202130
Franklin201731
Colbert193330
Russell19053
Blount187325
Dallas186027
Chilton182632
Escambia171428
Coffee16829
Covington166629
Dale163851
Chambers133043
Pike131313
Tallapoosa129587
Clarke127317
Marion105029
Butler99840
Barbour9969
Marengo98222
Winston90613
Geneva8447
Lawrence81131
Pickens81117
Randolph80514
Bibb80114
Hale74830
Cherokee72314
Clay72212
Lowndes70228
Henry6386
Bullock63717
Monroe63610
Washington62312
Crenshaw59830
Perry5816
Wilcox55912
Fayette55713
Conecuh55613
Cleburne5327
Macon53020
Sumter46821
Lamar4595
Choctaw38712
Greene34016
Coosa1993
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