Mississippi’s governor has announced new restrictions after coronavirus cases spiked in the state but his announcement is being met with anger and defiance.
“We don't need a totalitarian top-down system telling people how to live their lives, trying to tell them how many people can gather at their homes or gather outside," says Michael Hope, who co-founded the group Defy Tyrants of Mississippi.
Reeves, a first-term Republican, responded to the rise in cases by announcing a statewide restriction for hospitals and new restrictions in nine counties with rising numbers.
"In these counties, social gatherings should be limited to no more than 10 people indoors or 50 people outdoors," said Reeves. "Masks will be required in those required when in doors or interacting with the public without the ability to social distance."
The governor also ordered hospitals to reserve 10 percent of their beds for COVID-19 patients, an order that could affect elective surgeries.
The executive order began Oct. 21 and is set to remain in affect until Nov. 11.
Hope lives in the northern county of Itawamba, which is among the nine counties listed, but he tells OneNewsNow that county officials refused to bow to the governor’s “unconstitutional” executive orders when the pandemic began.
The latest figures from the Miss. Dept. of Health, from Oct. 21, show the state has recorded approximately 112,123 cases and 3,223 deaths to date from a population of 2.9 million. That total shows a fatality rate below one percent in a state that is famous for its unhealthy population.
To date, approximately 98.5 percent of Mississippians have survived the China-born virus to date, including the elderly and nursing home patients.
In Itawamba County, there are 1,113 confirmed cases with 25 deaths to date. Seventeen of those deaths are from nursing homes.