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Warren County COVID-19 numbers continue to worsen

Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday he and state health officials are watching a number of counties that have had worrisome increases in COVID-19 numbers. One of those reportedly is Warren County.

With 30 new cases announced Tuesday, Warren County has continued to push past two thresholds state officials have used in declaring counties hot spots. Over the past 14 days, Warren County has reported 274 new cases and posted a per 100,000 resident ration of 561.7.

State officials have recently said that any county that reports more than 200 cases over a 14-day period, or a number above 500 per 100,000 residents, could be declared a hot spot. Warren County, as of Friday, reached both thresholds and has only gotten worse since then.

The new cases also increase the number of estimated active cases to 250, the highest during the pandemic that began locally on March 29.

As for the state, a day after reporting less than 1,000 cases for the first time in days, it returned to large numbers as state health officials reported 1,342 new cases and 42 new virus-related deaths. Since the first case was reported in Mississippi on March 11, the state has reported 54,299 cases and 1,543 deaths.

Monday, Mayor George Flaggs Jr. revised the city’s civil emergency order and COVID-19 restrictions, extending the mask mandate through at least Sept. 8 and restricting the size of indoor and outdoor social gatherings. The social gathering restrictions, and the stricter guidelines for restaurants and bars, mirrored the state orders that went into effect Friday.

Currently, both the city and county have a mask mandate that requires residents to wear a mask in businesses and public buildings.

About Tim Reeves

Tim Reeves, and his wife Stephanie, are the parents of three children, Sarah Cameron, Clayton and Fin, who all attend school in the Vicksburg Warren School District. The family are members of First Baptist Church Vicksburg. Tim is involved in a number of civic and volunteer organizations including the United Way of West Central Mississippi and serves on the City of Vicksburg's Riverfront Redevelopment Committee.

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