JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves is tightening restrictions on counties with significant spikes in COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases, he announced Thursday.
This includes Hinds, DeSoto, Madison, Harrison, Rankin, Jackson, Washington, Sunflower, Grenada, Claiborne, Jefferson, Wayne, Quitman, according to WLBT-TV in Jackson.
State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs during the June 18, 2020 coronavirus briefing.
This means no more than 10 people can gather indoors and no more than 20 people can gather outdoors in these counties. Citizens must all wear masks when at businesses and at public gatherings.
The governor is still hesitant to issue a statewide mandate, WLBT-TV reports. He believes a more localized version of these restrictions will be more effective as long as the residents of these counties buy-in.
Thursday morning, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said some of the biggest hospitals in the state are running out of beds.
He said five of the hospitals had zero ICU beds Wednesday.