Gov. Tate Reeves issued this statement on social media today regarding today's increase in coronavirus cases:
"Today we saw 489 new COVID-19 cases—a large number by any measure. I’m concerned that people are losing interest in the effort to keep each other safe. We are all tired and ready to be done, but the virus doesn’t care. Please be on your guard—small efforts have a big impact!"
As of 6 p.m., Tuesday, 489 new cases of the virus were reported throughout the state, including 23 deaths, the Mississippi State Department of Health reports. Sixteen of those deaths occurred between May 23 and June 11, but were only reported yesterday. Currently, there are 73 outbreaks in long-term care facilities. Outbreaks are reported when one or more patients or staff members at a facility have been infected, according to the state.
So far, more than 20,600 cases have been reported in the state, including 938 deaths. Statistics show that the African American community has been hit hardest by the virus, with nearly half of all cases (9,865) and nearly half of all deaths (463) occurring among blacks. Meanwhile, 5,003 cases and 372 deaths have been reported among whites.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers numerous tips to remain safe, and to prevent the spread of the virus.
Residents are urged to wash their hands, frequently and for at least 20 seconds, “especially if you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing,” according to the CDC website.
If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Also, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Social distancing and mask wearing is also recommended. The CDC recommends staying at least six feet away others and wearing a mouth and nose covering for anyone who is over two years old.
A chart offering more details on the spread of the virus in Mississippi is shown below.