Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves announced today that a new safer-at-home order will go into effect Monday, April 27 after the previous shelter-in-place order expires at 8 a.m.

The safer-at-home order comes after much deliberation between Reeves and State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs, who believes Mississippi’s COVID-19 outbreak has plateaued. The order maintains that those with serious underlying health conditions should stay at home, but others can begin going back to work. Businesses may begin reopening as long as they implement practices to reduce the chance of infection, such as reducing capacity, disinfecting surfaces, and encouraging social distancing and the use of hand sanitizer. Certain businesses, such as nail and hair salons, tattoo parlors and restaurants for sit down dining, will remain closed.

On Thursday, Reeves highlighted Mississippi businesses that have stepped up to battle COVID-19 during his press conference. Two of the showcased businesses were Blue Delta Jeans in Oxford and Lazy Magnolia Brewery in Kiln. Blue Delta Jeans stopped production of their custom jeans to focus on producing facemasks and Lazy Magnolia Brewery stopped making their craft beer to start producing hand sanitizer.

As of April 24, 2020, Mississippi reported 5,434 total cases of COVID-19 and 209 deaths from the virus. Mississippi has been a front-runner in testing for the virus, ranking sixth in the nation per capita, with more than 55,000 people being tested.

In other news:

  • Reeves appeared on MSNBC this week to talk about how Mississippi is flattening the curve.
  • Gov. Delbert Hosemann has been giving weekly Facebook Live updates every Friday that can be found here.
  • This week, Speaker of the House Philip Gunn spoke with Vice President Mike Pence about Mississippi’s coronavirus situation. He reiterated that Mississippi needed flexibility in the use of federal relief money, because each state has different needs. He also requested more federal relief. Gunn has also been giving daily Facebook Live updates that can be found here.
  • Attorney General Lynn Fitch announced this week that the state of Mississippi is suing China over coronavirus.
  • Commissioner of Agriculture Andy Gipson participated in an interview with Y’all Politics this week and gave an overview of MDAC’s response to the coronavirus.

More information about Mississippi’s COVID-19 statistics can be found on the Mississippi Department of Health’s website. More information about Mississippi’s safer-at-home order can be found here.