Mississippi leaders address spread of COVID-19

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reported 653 new coronavirus cases on Monday. The new numbers are lower than previous days, but state health leaders said Mississippi has seen drops on Mondays after weekends. It’s still too early to tell if this is a new trend.

Health leaders said some people are letting their guard down at bars and restaurants. State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs stressed that people should beware of conspiracy theories that suggest numbers are being inflated or made up.

Governor Tate Reeves and Dr. Dobbs also discussed concerns about the upcoming sports season in Mississippi. They said if people want to go to football games, they will need to follow the state’s COVID-19 restrictions now.

As far as who can play and when, Reeves said the decision will be up to universities and conferences, while those who can attend will be up to the government.

Different sports may also require different policies. As far as teams like Ole Miss and Mississippi State, stadiums will need to be at 50% capacity.

The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) postponed all fall sports until spring. Mississippi public schools have delayed their fall season by two weeks, but things could change.

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