Gov. Reeves on COVID-19 deaths: ‘Doing nothing is not an option’

Updated: Jul. 23, 2020 at 2:29 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves is discussing the outbreak of COVID-19 in the state.

With nearly another 1,000 cases reported Thursday, the case count in Mississippi continues to rise at a rate that is alarming to top health officials.

Wednesday, Reeves said there’s a 55% increase in patients in hospital beds since July 1 in Mississippi. State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said 40% of all ICU patients are because of coronavirus, compared to 30% just a week ago.

Reeves again pointed out that people under the age of 30 make up the largest group of COVID-19 cases, and while that group has a better survival rate than others, they can easily transmit the disease to others in a greater risk.

Reeves also acknowledged the risk of sending children to school, but still feels it’s a necessary risk because of the alternative.

He says money from the CARES Act will be used in schools to help clean and help prevent the virus from spreading across schools.

Dobbs urged people not to get excited about a declining death rate. He says death rates lag behind cases and will eventually rise.

“More people are going to die,” he said.

Reeves said the death rate is not important because any amount of deaths is too many, and preventing the spread must be done to prevent deaths.

“Doing nothing is not an option,” Reeves said.

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