JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Gov. Tate Reeves is being urged by State Rep. Jeramey Anderson to enforce a statewide mask order after nearly 2,000 coronavirus cases were reported on Saturday.
Rep. Anderson tagged Gov. Reeves in a tweet urging him to close bars, clubs, indoor dining restaurants, and sporting events. He says hundreds of Mississippians could die if action is not taken.
On Twitter, Rep. Anderson wrote:
Former State Rep. Robert Foster rejected Anderson’s suggestion saying the decision to wear a mask should be left up to Mississippians. He also says the fear about the coronavirus is ‘irrational’ because it has a ’99.97% survival rate.’
Read Foster’s response below:
“Or, we could let Mississippians make their own decisions about what risks they feel comfortable making. I would agree about being in a crisis, an Economic and Liberty crisis, because of people spreading irrational fear over a virus with around a 99.97% survival rate.”
Then on Oct. 19, Reeves began to place individual counties under a mask mandate as cases and deaths continued to rise.
On. Nov. 11, Gov. Reeves extended his Safe Recovery Order til December 11. He has since placed 22 counties under a mask mandate: Benton, Carroll, Covington, DeSoto, Forrest, Harrison, Hinds, Humphreys, Jackson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Leflore, Lee, Madison, Marshall, Montgomery, Pontotoc, Rankin, Tate, Winston, Itawamba, and Yalobusha.