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Governor adds 8 counties to mask mandate order

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Governor adds 8 counties to mask mandate order
Governor adds 8 counties to mask mandate order
There are now 37 Mississippi counties under a mask mandate.

BREAKING NEWS PERSONALLY, THANKTHE PEOPLE OF THIS GREAT STATE.FOR WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO HELPCOMBAT COVID-19.ANNE ASKEW IN FACT URGE YOU YOUCONTINUE TO STAY IN THE FIGHT?MISSISSIPPI CONTINUES TO SEEINCREASED CASES OF COVID-19INCREASED HOSPITALIZATIONS THEYWAY TOO HIGH POSITIVITY RATE.WE SEE EARLY HINTS.THAT YOUR EFFORTS ARE WORKING.THAT IS A SIGN.TO KEEP PRESSING TO KEEP WORKINGHARD.IT IS NOT A SIGN TO DECLAREVICTORY.I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THATYOUR INCREASED FOCUS IS HAVINGAN IMPACT.YOU HAVE THE POWER TO SAVELIVES.OR CONVERSELY YOU HAVE THE POWERTO COST LIVES.TODAY, I AM EXTENDING OURCURRENT EXECUTIVE ORDER.FOR ANOTHER TWO WEEK INADDITION TO THAT I AM ADDINGEIGHT ADDITIONAL COUNTIES.TO THE LIST OF THOSE WITH MASKSMANDATES CARROLL COUNTY, COAHOMACOUNTY JONES COUNTY LEE COUNTYLEFLORE COUNTY LOWNDES COUNTYNOXUBEE COUNTY AND PONTOTOCCOUNTY HAVE ALL NAIL.HAD OVER 200 CASES OVER A TWOWEEK PERIOD OR OVER 500 PER100,000 RESIDENTS.I WANT TO READ THEM AGAINBECAUSE THIS IS MOST IMPORTANTTHING THE WE WILL HAVE WE WILLBE DOING IN OUR EXECUTIVE ORDER.ADDITIONAL COUNTIES CAROLCOAHOMA JONES LEE THE FLOORLOUNGE NOXUBEE AND PONTOTOC ORNEW COUNTIES WITH MASS MANDATES.AS A REMINDE THEY JOIN BOLIVARCLAYBOURNE, COVINGTON DESOTOFOREST GRENADA.HARRISON HINES HUMPHREYS.JACKSON, JEFFERSON, MADISON,PINOLE EQUIPMEN RANKIN SHARKYSIMPSON SUNFLOWER TALLAHATCHIETAPE, WALTHALL, WASHINGTON WAYNECALHOUN HOMES, LAMAR MONTGOMERY,WINSTON AND YALOBUSHA COUNTIES.WITH THESE ADDITIONAL EIGHTTHAT’S 37 COUNTIES IN OUR STATE.THE NOW ARE UNDER A MASKMANDATE.AS A REMINDER WE STRONGLYENCOURAGE EVERY MISSISSIPPIAN TOWEAR A MASK WHEN YOU GO OUT INPUBLIC.WE TELL YOU THAT IT IS BEST IFYOU WEAR A MASK AND MAINTAINSOCIAL DISTANCING.AT LEAST SIX FEET AWAY.FROM KNOWS THAT YOU WERE AROUNDWE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE BYDOING THESE LITTLE THINGS SOTHAT WE DON’T HAVE TO SHUT DOWNPARTS OF OUR ECONOMY AGAIN WEARE THROWING EVERYTHING THAT WECAN AT THE HOSPITAL CRISIS INOUR STATE AND WE ARE GOING TOCONTINUE WORKING TO ENSURE THEINTEGRITY OF OUR HEALTHCARESYSTEM.I WANT TO UNDERSCORE THIS ONEMORE TIME.EVEN IF YOU DO NOT PERSONALLYFEAR CORONAVIRUS THEOVERWHELMING OF OUR HEALTHCARESYSTEMS.WILL AFFECT EVERYBODY.IF YOU GET IN A CAR WRECK, YOUDON’T WANT TO BE TREATED IN ATENT LIKE WE SAW IN OTHER PARTSOF THE WORLD AND IN FACT, LIKEWE SAW IN OTHER PARTS OF THECOUNTRY.YOU WANT TO GET THE BESTPOSSIBLE CARE?THE BEST WAY FOR US TO ENSURETHE INTEGRITY OF OUR HEALTH CARESYSTEM IS FOR EVERY SINGLE,MISSISSIPPIAN.THE LITTLE THINGS TO HELP SLOWTHE SPREAD OF THIS VIRUS.I’VE RECEIVED A LARGE MAJORITY.OF THE SCHOOL REOPENING PLANSFROM DISTRICTS ACROSS OUR STATEI PLAN TO SPEND A TREMENDOUSAMOUNT OF TIME THIS WEEKEND.REVIEWING EVERY ONE OF THEM THATIS MY PLAN.TO LOOK AT EVERY INDIVIDUALSCHOOL PLAYING FOR REOPENING ANDI PLANNED ALL FROM MY THOUGHTSON THEM SOMETIME NEXT WEEK.GOING INTO THIS WEEKEND.I DO WANT TO SHARE A QUOTE.FROM THE DIRECTOR OF THE CENTERSFOR DISEASE CONTROL DR. ROBERTREDFIELD SOMEONE BY THE WAY, THEMISSISSIPPIANS HAVE BEEN INTOUCH WITH IN THE DAYS AND WEEKSPRIOR.THAT I THINK PERFECTLY PUTS HOWI’M TRYING TO APPROACH THIS.THIS IS FROM DR. REDFIELD OF THECDC.AND I QUOTE.IT’S NOT THE RISK OF SCHOOLOPENINGS VERSUS PUBLIC HEALTH.IT’S PUBLIC HEALTH.VERSUS PUBLIC HEALTH AND I’M OFTHE POINT OF VIEW THAT THEGREATER RISK TO THE NATION ISACTUALLY TO KEEP THESE SCHOOLSCLOSED.YOU KNOW A LOT OF KIDS GET THEIRMENTAL HEALTH SERVICES.OVER 7 MILLION IN AMERICA INTHEIR SCHOOL A LOT OF PEOPLE GETFOOD AND NUTRITION IN THEIRSCHOOLS SCHOOLS ARE REALLYIMPORTANT IN TERMS OF MANDATORYREPORTING SEXUAL AND CHILDABUSE.OBVIOUSLY THE SOCIALIZATION ISIMPORTANT.AND OBVIOUSLY FOR SOME KIDS ITHINK ACTUALLY A MAJORITY OFKIDS.THEY’RE LEARNING IN AFACE-TO-FACE SCHOOL IS THE MOSTEFFECTIVE METHOD OF TEACHING.THAT SAID IT HAS TO BE DONESAFELY.IT HAS TO BE DONE WITH THECONFIDENCE.OF THE TEACHERS IT HAS TO BEDONE WITH THE CONFIDENCE.OF OUR PARENTS BUT THERE’S BEENANOTHER COST THAT WE’VE SEEN.PARTICULARLY IN HIGH SCHOOLSWE’RE SEEING SADLY FAR GREATERSUICIDES NOW THAN WE ARE DEATHSFROM COVID-19.WE’RE SEEING FAR GREATER DEATHFROM DRUG OVERDOSE.THERE ARE ABOVE EXCESSES THAT WEHAD AS BACKGROUND THEN WE ARESEEING DEATHS FROM COVID-19.SO THIS IS WHY I KEEP COMINGBACK FOR THE OVERALL SOCIALBEING OF INDIVIDUALS.TWO IT’S ALL WORK TOGETHER ANDFIND OUT HOW WE CAN FIND COMMONGROUND TO GET THESE SCHOOLS OPENIN A WAY THAT PEOPLE ARECOMFORTABLE.IF THEY ARE SAFE.THAT WAS A QUOTE FROM DR.REDFIELD OF THE CDC.WHAT YOU SHOULD GLEAN FROM THATAND CERTAINLY WHAT I DO.IS IT THESE ARE EXCEPTIONALLYCOMPLICATED ISSUES?THE REOPENING OF SCHOOLS IN THISENVIRONMENT IS A MAJORCHALLENGE.I CAN GET THAT.I UNDERSTAND THAT.BUT DO THOSE INDIVIDUALS IN OURSTATE.YOU SAY THE PUBLIC HEALTH OF THESPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS IS THEONLY RISK AT PLAY.WHEN MAKING A DECISION ABOUT OURSCHOOLS OR IGNORING SO MANYOTHER RISK THAT EXIST OUT THERE.DR. DOBBS, AND I HAD A LONGCONVERSATION THIS MORNING.ABOUT TRYING TO FIND THE RIGHTANSWER.TO MITIGATING AS MUCH RISK ASPOSSIBLE.IN THE REOPENING OF OUR SCHOOLS.WE KNOW THAT WE ARE NOT GOING TOMITIGATE 100 PERCENT OF THE RISKON EITHER OF THIS EQUATION.AND SO WHAT WE MUST DO IS LOOKFOR INNOVATIVE WAYS.TO REACH WHAT WE ALL BELIEVE ISTHE RIGHT OUTCOME.AND THE RIGHT OUTCOME LONG-TERMFOR KIDS.IS IT THAT YOU’RE IN ANDENVIRONMENT?THAT IS LOVING.AND THAT PRODUCES AND PROVIDESAN EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY.WHEN I THINK ABOUT SOMEDISTRICTS.AND I HOPE THAT THIS IS THISDISTINCT MINORITY.THAT WOULD SUBMIT TO YOU THATTHEY SHOULD CLOSE.FOR THE ENTIRETY OF THE 20202021 YEAR.OR THAT HOPEFULLY THEY CAN DODISTANCE LEARNING THAT ISTOTALLY DIFFERENT THAN THEDISTANCE LEARNING AS THEY DID INTHE SPRING.WHAT I WOULD SAY TO YOU IS IFYOU TAKE A FIRST GRADER.OR SECOND GRADER OR THIRD GRADEROR FOURTH GRADER?THERE WAS ALREADY STRUGGLING TOKEEP UP.AND YOU TAKE THEM OUT OF THECLASSROOM.FOR MONTHS AND MONTHS AND MONTHSAND MONTHS.QUITE FRANKLY THAT COULD HAVENOT ONLY AN IMPACT THIS YEAR ANDNEXT THAT COULD HAVE AN IMPACTON THAT FIRST OR SECOND GRADERSLIFE FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVESBECAUSE THEY MAY NEVER CATCH UP.LET’S THINK ABOUT THIS IN TERMS.DID I LIKE TO THINK ABOUT ANDTHAT’S IN TERMS OF MATHEMATICS.AND I’M GOING TO USE ROUNDNUMBERS HERE.BUT LET’S JUST ASSUME FOR ASECOND.WE HAVE 450,000 KIDS.IN OUR SCHOO THAT’SAPPROXIMATELY 35 TO 40,000 KIDSPER GRADE.LET’S ASSUME.THAT OF THOSE 35,000.KIDS THAT ROUGHLY TWO-THIRDS OFTHEM.ARE DOING JUST FINE.THEY PROBABLY DO JUST FINE IN ANENVIRONMENT IN WHICH THEY WEREBEING TAUGHT IN THE CLASSROOM.AND THOSE TWO THIRDS WOULDPROBABLY BE DOING JUST FINE.IF THEY HAD TO DO DISTANCELEARNING SO THAT LEAVESSOMEWHERE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF10 TO 13 THOUSAND KIDS.ACROSS THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPIPER GRADE THE REALLY NEED THATINSTRUCTIONAL HEALTH THEY REALLYNEED.THAT EXTRA HAND THE SO MANYGREAT TEACHERS PROVIDE.LET’S JUST ASSUME FOR A SECONDRATHER THAN TEN TO THIRTEENTHOUSAND.LET’S JUST CALL IT 11,000STUDENTS PER GRADE.KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 5TH GRADEIF WE GO WITH THAT $11,000$11,000 KID NUMBER.THAT’S 66,000 KIDS.IN OUR STATE THAT IF WE JUSTSAID, OKAY, WE’RE JUST GOING TOSHUT DOWN SCHOOLS BECAUSE WEHAVE THE SPREAD OF THIS VIRUSAND IT DOES INCREASE CERTAINRISK.THE NET BE BETWEEN 65 AND 70THOUSAND KIDS, MAYBE EVEN EIGHTYTHOUSAND KIDS IN OUR STATE.THEY COULD GO.SIX MONTHS SOME 11 MONTHS 12MONTHS WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONMISSISSIPPI CANNOT AFFORD ANDTHOSE INDIVIDUAL KIDS DEFINITELYCANNOT AFFORD.FOR 65 TO 70 THOUSAND OF OURKIDS TO GET SO FAR BEHIND THATTHEY CAN NEVER CATCH UP.IT’S JUST NOT REALISTIC.THE RISK ASSOCIATED WITH THATFOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS FOR THEREST OF THEIR LIFE.HAS TO BE WEIGHED AGAINST THEVERY REAL RISK.OF THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS WEKNOW THAT.WE ARE DEALING IN A TIME UNLIKE.I BELIEVE ANY WHAT ANYONE ELSEIN THIS COUNTRY FOR THE LASTHUNDRED YEARS HAD TO DEAL WITH.WE ARE TRYING TO FIND THE RIGHTANSWER TO MITIGATE AND MINIMIZERISK.ON BOTH SIDES OF THE EQUATIONTHERE IS NO ANSWER WHEN IT COMESTO SCHOOLS, WHICH SAYS YOU CANASSUME RISK ON THIS SIDE ASSUMENO RISK ON THIS SIDE.AND SO THE QUESTION SHOULD BEEASY TO ANSWER.THERE IS NO SUCH THERE IS NOSUCH SOLUTION HERE.WHAT THERE IS IS?AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE THATTHERE ARE RISKS TO BE MITIGATEDNO MATTER THE DECISION.LET’S REVIEW WHAT I HOPE TO FINDOUR INNOVATIVE IDEAS BEINGIMPLEMENTED IN CERTAIN SCHOOLSACROSS THE STATE.LET’S FIGURE OUT A WAY TOEXERCISE BEST PRACTICES SO THATWE CAN MITIGATE AND MINIMIZE THERISKS.MARCUS KIDS AND TEACHERS ANDCOMMUNITIES OF THE SPREAD OF THEVIRUS WHILE AT THE SAME TIME.MINIMIZE AND MITIGATE TO THEEXTENT POSSIBLE THE VERY REALRISK OF TEEN SUICIDE OF THINGSSUCH AS KIDS BEING MALNUTRITIONBECAUSE OF THE LACK OF THOSESCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM THINGS SUCHAS THE MANDATORY RISK THAT COMEWITH MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ORTHE LACK THEREOF.IF KIDS ARE NOT IN SCHOOL ASWELL AS THE VERY REAL RISK THATARE SOMETIMES.THROUGH MANDATORY REPORTING OFCHILD ABUSE AND OTHER SEXUALABUSE.MY KIDS WHILE IN SCHOOL, SOTHESE ARE NOT EASY.ANSWERS THERE IS NO RIGHTANSWER.THERE IS A DESIRE BY ME AND MANYOF MY FELLOW GOVERNORS AROUNDTHE COUNTRY TO FIND OUT TRY TOFIND THE RIGHT.THE RIGHT BALANCE AND ULTIMATELYTHAT’S WHAT WE’VE GOT TO FIND ISWHAT IS THE RIGHT BALANCE TO DOWHAT’S BEST FOR OUR KIDS ACROSSMISSISSIPPI?I’M COMMITTED NOT ONLY TO THETWO THIRDS OF KIDS THAT MIGHT BEABLE TO BE.OKAY.I’M ALSO COMMITTED TO MAKE SURETHAT THAT ONE THIRD OF OUR KIDSWHO MIGHT OTHERWISE STRUGGLE ANDMAYBE NEVER OVERCOME IT THATTHEY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FORSUCCESS IN LIFE.COME COMMITTED TO BOTH GROUPS.AND I’M GONNA DO EVERYTHING INMY POWER TO MAKE SURE THAT WEPROTECT THEM AND MITIGATE ANDMINIMIZE RISK.TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF MYAUTHORITY WITH THAT I’M GOING TOASK DR. BUYERS TO GIVE US ANUPDATE ON TODAY’S NUMBERS.THANK YOU.GOVERNOR.WELL, YOU KNOW TODAY IT WE’REREPORTING IN STILL BITE OUTTHERE GUYS WERE STILL SEEINGTRANSMISSION.WE’RE REPORTING AN ADDITIONAL1775 CASES IDENTIFIED TODAY.AND AN ADDITIONAL 48 DEATHS NOW.MANY OF THOSE DEATHS ARE FROMDEATH CERTIFICATE DATA, BUT THEYARE DEATHS NONETHELESS THAT AREDUE TO COVID.WE’RE STILL SEEING A SIGNIFICANTIMPACT IN OUR MOST VULNERABLEPOPULATIONS.WE’RE STILL SEEING A SIGNIFICANTIMPACT ON OUR LONG-TERM CARESETTINGS.WE CURRENTLY HAVE OVER 200OUTBREAKS IN OUR LONG-TERM CARESETTINGS.THAT’S A AN ASTOUNDING IMPACT,WE YOU KNOW DEALT WITH OUTBREAKSOF RESPIRATORY VIRAL ILLNESS INNURSING HOMES AND OTHER SETTINGSBEFORE DURING FLU SEASONS, BUTBUT NOT TO THIS EXTENT.AND SO WE STILL NEED TO CONTINUETO DO THOSE MEASURES TO PROTECTTHOSE FOLKS IN THOSE MOSTVULNERABLE SETTINGS.YOU KNOW, WE’RE SEEING A LOT OFTRANSMISSION WITHIN NUCLEARFAMILY GROUPS AND A LOT OFTRANSMISSION THAT’S OCCURRING.JUST FROM YOU KNOW INTERACTINGWITH THAT FAMILY MEMBER THAT YOUDON’T SEE VERY OFTEN ORINTERACTING WITH WITH FOLKS ANDFAMILY MEMBERS AT GATHERINGSLIKE FUNERALS.AND SO WE’RE AT A POINT NOWGUYS, AND WE’VE SAID THIS BEFOREWHERE WE NEED TO ACT AS IF EVERYSINGLE PERSON THAT WE COME INCONTACT WITH HAS COVID AND WENEED TO ACT AS IF WE HAVE COVIDAND DO THOSE MEASURES WE NEED TODO.TO PROTECT US FROM TRANSMITTINGIT TO OTHER FOLKS, YOU KNOW WITHYOU KNOW, THERE’S A LOT OFASYMPTOMATIC PEOPLE OUT THERETHAT TRANSMIT THE INFECTION.WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE PEOPLEOUT THERE WHO WHO MAY HAVEMINIMAL SYMPTOMS AND NEVER EVENRECOGNIZE THAT THEY’RE INFECTEDWEAR A MASK.THIS DOES PREVENT TRANSMISSIONSIGNIFICANTLY.IN ADDITIO WE HAVE NINE HUNDREDAND SEVENTY TWO CONFIRMED CASAND AN ADDITIONAL TWO HUNDREDAND SEVENTY THAT ARE SUSPECTED.COVID-19 POSITIVE EVEN THOUGHWE’VE SEEN SOME BIT OF LEVELINGIN THE AMOUNT OFHOSPITALIZATIONS.THAT’S STILL ASTOUNDINGLY HIGH.UM, WE HAVE IF YOU LOOK AT THEAT THE JACKSON AREA RIGHT NOWWHEN I LOOKED AT THE DATA BEFOREI LEFT.FOR ICU BEDS AVAILABLE UM, ANDSO NOT ONLY DOES THAT HAVE ANIMPACT ON THE PEOPLE, WHO AREGOING IN FOR COVID RELATEDILLNESS, BUT AS GOVERNOR SAIDALL THOSE ALSO THOSE PEOPLE WHONEED ICU AND HOSPITAL CARE FORANY NUMBER OF MEDICAL REASONS.JUST TO KIND OF THINK ABOUTWHERE WE ARE OVERALL CURRENTLYIN MISSISSIPPI.WE HAVE OVER 57,000 CONFIRMEDCASES THAT WE’VE REPORTED IN THESTATE CONFIRMED AND PROBABLECASES.AND OVER 1,600 DEATHS IN THESTATE.HEATHER.THANK YOU VERY MUCH.DR. BARNES.IT’S GOOD TO HAVE YOU BACK.DR. DOBBS IS IS GOT A PREVIOUSENGAGEMENT TODAY AND SO HE’LL BEBACK THE NEXT TIME WE GETTOGETHER AT THIS TIME.I’M GOING TO TURN IT OVER TODIRECTOR MICHELLE HIS EMERGENCYMANAGEMENT UPDATE.THANK YOU GOVERNOR.GOOD AFTERNOON.EVERYONE COMMENSURATE WITH THEINCREASE IN CASES.WE STILL ARE HEAVILY ENGAGED INRPP DELIVERIES ACROSS THE STATEAS OF TOMORROW.WE WILL HAVE MADE 146 DELIVERIESTO OUR TIER 1 FACILITIES TOENSURE THAT MADE THEY MAINTAINTHE APPROPRIATE LEVEL OF PPE ANDIN ADDITION WE CONTINUE TO RUNHOTSHOT MISSIONS TO THOSE PLACESTHAT HAVE FLARE-UPS ANDIMMEDIATE NEEDS CONTINUE TO BEON THE ROAD OUR NATIONALGUARDSMEN DOING AN OUTSTANDINGJOB CONTINUING CONTINUING TOSUPPORT THIS MISSION THEY HAVETO BROKEN OVER 200,000 MILES OFRUNNING UP AND DOWN OURMISSISSIPPI STATE HIGHWAYSGETTING THIS PP OUT WHERE ITNEEDS TO BE.SO THEY’VE DONE A HERCULEANEFFORT IN SUPPORTING THIS ANDVERY PROUD AND VERY THANKFUL TOHAVE THEM AS PART OF THISMISSION AS PROMISED.WE HAVE COMPLETELY WE HAVESUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE BETATEST ON OUR COVID EMERGENCYRELIEF FUND THE CARES ACT TRACKTHAT WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUTOVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST TWOWEEKS.WE HAVE THAT READY TO GO IT WILLLAUNCH LIVE ON MONDAY.AS PROMISED AUGUST THE 3RD AT 9A.M.

IN CONJUNCTION WITH THATWILL BE OUR CALL CENTER BEAM ANDBY SIX PERSONNEL FROM 9 A.M.UNTIL 3 P.M.

MONDAY THROUGHFRIDAY.WE WILL MONITOR THAT IF WE NEEDTO EXTEND OR MODIFY THOSE HOURSEITHER THROUGHOUT THE WEEK ONTHE WEEKEND, AND WE WILL DOTHAT.THIS IS A FLYER THAT BASICALLYWILL GO OUT.I AM NOT GOING TO PUBLICIZE THEPHONE NUMBER TODAY BECAUSE IDON’T WANT THROUGHMISCOMMUNICATION PEOPLE PEOPLESTART CALLING A DEADLINE ANDTHEN CREATE A FRUSTRATION WEWILL MESSAGE THE PHONE NUMBERFOR THAT THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND.I WILL MESSAGE AGAIN VERYHEAVILY.SHOULD WE HAVE A PRESSCONFERENCE ON FRIDAY, BUT WEWILL PUSH THIS INFORMATION NOWAS ALWAYS MY WEBSITE MSM A.ORGHAS ALL THE INFORMATION VERYGOOD TUTORIAL STEP BY STEP OFWHAT IS AVAILABLE.WHAT IS WHAT IS ACCEPTABLE UNDERPUBLIC ASSISTANCE?AND WHAT IS ELIGIBLE UNDER THECARES ACT FUNDING GREATTUTORIALS THERE AND AGAIN THECALL CENTER WE HAVE WILL BE ASOF MONDAY MORNING 9 O’CLOCK REALQUICK TROPICAL UPDATE TROPICALSTORM EAST SIDE.YES.I STUDIED THAT TO MAKE SURE THATI PRONOUNCED IT.I STILL DON’T KNOW THAT I GOT ITRIGHT BUT TROPICAL STORM ISSAA.S CONTINUES TO MOVE ON ANORTHWESTERLY COERCE ACROSS OVERPUERTO RICO VICINITY OF PUERTORICO NOW AND CURRENTLY THEPROJECTED TRACK WOULD TAKE IT TOTHE EASTERN SIDE OF FLORIDA THENOUT AT INTO THE ATLANTIC, BUT IWILL TELL YOU THE ONLY THINGTHAT HAS BEEN CONSISTENT THOSEABOUT TO STORM IS INCONSISTENCY.SO WE’LL CONTINUE TO WATCH IT.IT CURRENTLY DOES NOT POSE ATHREAT, BUT I WILL TELL YOU ANDI’LL TELL ALL MISSISSIPPIANSPARTICULARLY.THOSE ARE ON THE ALONG THE GULFCOAST THIS TIME OF YEAR A STORMTHAT GETS HIS CLOTHES.IT COULD VERY EASILY GET INTOTHE GULF AND IF IT DOES AND IT’SANYBODY’S GAME SO CONTINUE TOWATCH THE STORM CLOSELY AND WILCONTINUE TO KEEP YOU UPDATED ANDFINALLY WE DID GET ANOTHERTROPICAL WAVE THAT CAME OFF THEWEST COAST OF AFRICA WILL BEWATCHING IT OVER THE NEXT WEEKOR SO TO SEE WHAT IT DOES.BUT AS ALWAYS MUST BE VIGILANTIN ADDITION TO EVERYTHING ELSE.WE’RE DOING HERE IN MISSISSIPPI.SO THAT CONCLUDES MY UPDATESTAKES HER.THANK YOU DIRECTOR, MICHELLE ANDA SPECIAL.THANK YOU TO YOUR ENTIRE TEAMALONG WITH THE HEALTH DEPARTMENTFOR THE WORK THAT YOU’RE DOING.I AM VERY VERY PROUD OF THE WORKTHAT’S BEING DONE BY NUMEROUSSTATE AGENCIES THAT THE FACT ISTHAT THERE IS A SIGNIFICANTAMOUNT OF WORK THAT HAS TO BEDONE AND THE ADMINISTRATION OFOF SO MANY DIFFERENT CARES ACTPROGRAMS HAS CERTAINLY LED TOADDITIONAL WORK FOR EVERYONE ANDI WANT TO THANK YOU AND YOURTEAM THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANDALL OF STATE GOVERNMENT FORSTEPPING UP TO THE PLATE ANDDOING JUST A LITTLE BIT EXTRA TOHELP YOUR FELLOW MISSISSIPPIANS.

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