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  • Celeste Smith

Meridian residents express their concerns about the recent spike in COVID-19 cases

Updated: Oct 19, 2020

In early summer, Mississippi health officials were sharing concerns of a possible uptick in Covid-19 cases in the fall, and the state has begun to see an increase in the number of cases recently reported.

On Thursday, October 15, Governor Tate Reeves tweeted a reminder to Mississippi residents to remain cautious, "that COVID-19 is not gone, and that the state has seen an increase in the number of positive covid-19 cases over the past few weeks." Earlier this week on Monday, October 12, there were more than 600 COVID-19 cases reported, but today there were 1,116 new positive cases of the coronavirus reported. One Meridian man shared that he is concerned about seeing a spike in COVID- 19 cases this season

“Alot of people dying and a lot of people don’t take it serous, and I’m a believer –now that I’ve seen all of the people that’s dying,” said Jerry Kirk.

One man, who is visiting Mississippi from North Carolina shared that he is concerned not only about an uptick in COVID-19 cases in Mississippi, but in his own home state as well.

“My main concern is for people to be educated about this virus, this virus is not a joke, and the face covering, and the things that we’re doing are only to protect our interests, as well as our families and the people that are concerned,“ said Paul Faust.

A Meridian woman shared that she hopes more people wear masks during this time, to protect people with conditions that put them at further risk, like herself.

“I think that wearing a mask it protects people like me. I’m dealing with breast cancer, currently going through treatments. I’ve been going through it the last 3 years, I’ve been dealing with it altogether for 7 years. So, it protects people like me and anybody that’s going through any kind of treatments. It protects us, and gives us a chance to you know get out –and mingle and do thing that we need to do, by wearing your mask,” said Shamekia McDonald.

The Mississippi State Department of Health’s website provides updated reported data on the number of COVID-19 cases in the state, along with a breakdown on the number of COVID-19 cases in each county.

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