Gov. Reeves discusses tornado outbreak, COVID-19

Updated: Apr. 13, 2020 at 1:20 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves discussed the state’s battle with COVID-19 as well as deadly Easter Sunday tornadoes.

The storms killed 11 people in Mississippi. Sunday night, Reeves declared a State of Emergency following the storms.

He said the number of injuries from the storms will soon go up.

The Red Cross is sheltering families with nowhere to go, while others move into hotels.

Reeves said the state’s first responders are ready to go wherever they are needed to help.

“This storm was as bad or worse than anything we’ve seen in a decade,” Reeves said. He said winds reached 200 miles per hour in some areas.

Col. Greg Michel urged people to avoid going to the areas hit by storms. Emergency crews are working in those areas and need space.

In regards to COVID-19, Reeves said the plan for schools will be discussed Tuesday, while the shelter-in-place is in effect for another week.

He said he wants to open things up as quickly as they responsibly can.

“We are very close to the top of the curve,” he said. He’s urging people to stay safe as the state reaches their expected peak.

Dr. Thomas Dobbs says more than 30,000 people have been tested for COVID-19. He says the information from private labs takes longer to come by, so a daily total isn’t always possible.

Dobbs says there are 124 patients in intensive care units and 84 using ventilators. Despite these numbers, he says the state’s resources should be enough to manage the added stress.

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