JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves held a press briefing Friday to discuss the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Reeves’ shelter-in-place order goes into effect at 5 p.m. Friday. This means only essential businesses will be allowed to open, and all Mississippians are urged to stay at home unless necessary.
Reeves said the shelter-in-place will be enforced and must be taken seriously. He said he understands how unfortunate the situation is, but lives are at stake.
“Think of it like the speed limit,” he said. He says law enforcement will break up large gatherings, but people who obey the rules have nothing to worry about.
State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs showed off an example of a ventilator that he said will be used that is portable and battery operated. He said while the portable ventilators are not ideal, they will be helpful in getting people the care they need.
“The main thing in slowing the spread of this virus is making sure our health system is not overwhelmed,” Reeves said.
He’s hoping getting vital supplied to those in need will prevent more deaths from happening.
“There have been far too many deaths in Mississippi," Reeves said.