Twenty-six Mississippi Lawmakers Tested Positive For COVID-19 After Weeks Of Refusing To Wear Masks.
The novel coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 11 million people, claiming more than 526,000 lives across the world.
There have been at least 34,622 cases of coronavirus in Mississippi. As of Saturday morning, at least 1,215 people had died. State officials did not announce new cases on June 19, 20 or 21 because of technical problems. They resumed reporting on June 22.
“Face masks is essential and could help of reduce transmission of coronavirus in the community particularly if used in public transport and crowded areas,” says Ben Cowling, head of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Hong Kong.
Twenty-six Mississippi Lawmakers Tested Positive For COVID-19 After Weeks Of Refusing To Wear Masks
Over the weeks, if you’ve come in contact with state lawmakers in Mississippi, you may want to get a tested for coronavirus. Dr. Thomas Dobbs of the Mississippi Health Department said, about one in six state lawmakers have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Twenty-six Mississippi lawmakers who downplayed masks requirements and refused to wear it have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, including Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and State House Speaker Philip Gunn. Neither man wore a mask at a bill signing at the governor’s mansion last week. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves tweeted Tuesday:
My girls and I tested negative for COVID-19. Limited contact with the people who were diagnosed, but better safe than sorry! If someone you know gets the virus, get a test! Back with a 2:30 briefing tomorrow.
My girls and I tested negative for COVID-19. Limited contact with the people who were diagnosed, but better safe than sorry! If someone you know gets the virus, get a test! Back with a 2:30 briefing tomorrow.Advertisement
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) July 7, 2020
This spike in infections follows an especially busy few weeks in the Capitol. Members have met to discuss the state’s budget, an unemployment crisis, and in June, the legislature passed a historic bill to remove the Confederate emblem from the state’s flag. Many visitors and advocates attended the Capitol to watch the debate and to protest
Rep. Ronnie Crudup Jr., who also contracted the Coronavirus shared a Facebook post that although he did wear a mask most of the time, he could have been more vigilant. “I can honestly say that I wore my mask 95% of the time when I was around the Capitol and public places, but that 5% can make a big difference”.
A range of new research on face coverings shows that the risk of infection to the wearer is decreased by 65 percent, said Dean Blumberg, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.
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