Mississippi governor ends COVID-19 state of emergency – Community News

Mississippi governor ends COVID-19 state of emergency

Photo: Mississippi today

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican administration Tate Reeves is ending the state of emergency imposed amid the coronavirus pandemic in Mississippi.

The emergency order first went into effect on March 14, 2020, a few days after the state reported its first case of coronavirus. It enabled the governor to mobilize the Mississippi National Guard to assist with COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites. The order also authorizes the state’s COVID-19 System of Care Plan, which enables patient transfer throughout Mississippi’s health care systems.

It has not implemented any lockdowns or mask mandates.

Reeves tweeted Thursday that the order would expire on November 20.

“With more than 3,000,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine delivered in Mississippi, and with COVID-19 infections and resulting hospitalizations effectively managed, it is time to end the state of emergency in Mississippi,” it wrote. he.

Mississippi, a state of about 3 million people, has reported nearly 10,190 deaths from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. According to the Department of Health, a total of 46% of Mississippi residents have been fully vaccinated against the virus, compared to 58% of all Americans.