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‘No rhyme or reason’ why Mississippi governor reversed statewide masks mandate, says Jackson mayor

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In a Friday night interview on “The News with Shepard Smith,” Jackson, Mississippi Mayor Chokwe Lumumba mentioned, “there doesn’t appear to be a rhyme or reason to some of the decisions to reverse the statewide mask mandates” as coronavirus hospitalization charges attain the best degree within the state in 2.5 months.

“We’re not only the capital city, we’re the capital of healthcare here in the state of Mississippi,” Lumumba mentioned. “So the decisions that are made on the state level impact the city of Jackson and ultimately impact the availability of hospital beds as well.”  

There aren’t any ICU beds left in Jackson, the Mississippi Free Press reported. Mississippi has had a 7-day common Covid-19 positivity fee of 15.6%, in keeping with the Covid Tracking Project. Since the pandemic started, instances and deaths per capita in Mississippi are the sixth highest of all of the states within the nation.  Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) allowed the statewide masks mandate to run out on Sept. 30. Reeves’ daughter examined constructive for Covid and he and his complete household are in quarantine. 

Lumumba characterised his communication with Governor Reeves as “touch and go” and highlighted the necessity for a uniform technique on the state and nationwide degree. Jackson remained underneath a masks mandate, regardless of the governor’s resolution to let the statewide mandate expire.

“Here in Jackson we have maintained our statewide mask mandate and we have had relative success in that area,” Lumumba mentioned. “In the month of October we actually had 11.4% decrease in the infection rate, but that appears to be on the uptick.”  

Lumumba additionally acknowledged that the pandemic additional uncovered the inequities in Mississippi, which ranks because the poorest state within the nation. Jackson is among the nations’ largest meals deserts, and entry to wholesome meals has been additional exacerbated by the pandemic. Earlier this yr Lumumba even launched an initiative with Dole Packaged Foods to deal with the problem of getting nutritious meals into underserved areas in Jackson, which has one of many highest weight problems charges within the nation. Obesity is among the largest potential issues for Covid.

“People who don’t have regular access to healthcare are those that are the most susceptible because of underlying health conditions, and so it is a circumstance which is ripe to take advantage of those conditions here in Mississippi,” Lumumba mentioned. “So this may be the epicenter of where we should be the most concerned in the absence of a uniform strategy and a proactive strategy.” 


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