Gov. Tate Reeves announced on Monday morning that ten counties would be added to his mask mandate, which already affected thirteen counties across the state.
“COVID-19 is spreading and killing in our state,” Reeves said in a tweet. “It is not a hypothetical, it is happening.”
The order does not include measures for enforcement, and in some places, the order has been largely ignored.
These counties have been added to the mandate: Bolivar, Covington, Forrest, Humphreys, Panola, Sharkey, Simpson, Tallahatchie, Tate and Walthall.
These counties remain under the order: Claiborne, DeSoto, Grenada, Harrison, Hinds, Jackson, Jefferson, Madison, Quitman, Rankin, Sunflower, Washington and Wayne.
This comes at a time when case numbers continue to rise across the state, pushing the limits of some hospital capacities. During a press conference last Friday, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, state health officer at the Mississippi State Department of Health, urged all hospitals to expand their capacity as much as possible to accommodate the coming cases.
Reeves said he would release more details at the 2:30 news conference today.