JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Jackson’s Mayor Lumumba gave a press conference after the largest single-day COVID-19 jump in the state so far, with 611 new cases reported Tuesday.
The mayor is now urging Jackson businesses to make their customers wear face masks.
“We are doing all that we can to try to operate an economy in the presence of COVID-19,” Lumumba said. “But we will not hesitate in order to reimpose the regulations in the interest of public health and safety. This is still a very critical time.”
Lumumba said he wants his citizens to “enjoy life” and to not be confined to their homes, but when faced with the alternative of more people dying, “we will do what we have to do.”
“I want those businesses to remember the strain that they had to go through, remember how difficult it has been when we have had to shut down businesses, so we’re asking for your assistance,” Lumumba said.
Hinds County now has over 1,589 cases of coronavirus, more than any other county in Mississippi. Madison County has the second highest with 1,014.
Tuesday afternoon, State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs discussed issues with the state’s reporting system, saying the system could not handle the amount of cases coming in.
He also said that the epidemic is growing and that people are engaging in “silly behaviors” that could continue to increase the number of cases.
Dr. Dobbs said he is extremely worried for the fall and believes that the virus will be much worse than it currently is.
The number of presumed positive coronavirus cases in the state is now at 22,898.
To date, 989 Mississippians have died from the virus.