Carroll County has now joined Montgomery and 29 other counties under a statewide mask mandate by Gov. Tate Reeves.
Thursday, Reeves added Carroll, Lee, Coahoma, Leflore, Lowndes, Noxubee, Jones, and Pontotoc to the growing list of counties who are now under mask mandates. The county now joins Montgomery, Calhoun, Lamar, Winston, Holmes, Yalobusha, Bolivar, Claiborne, Covington, DeSoto, Forrest, Grenada, Harrison, Hinds, Humphreys, Jackson, Jefferson, Madison, Panola, Quitman, Rankin, Sharkey, Simpson, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Walthall, Washington, and Wayne Counties. They are all under the same mandate. The executive order now expires Aug. 17, 2020.
Carroll County reported 237 cases, Monday Carroll reported 231. The county saw six new cases between Monday and Thursday.
Gov. Reeve’s order goes into effect immediately.
Those who work or live in the county must wear a mask while out and about, except for the following exceptions:
1) Persons with medical conditions who have trouble breathing or are incapacitated
2) For communicating with hearing impaired lip readers
3) While eating, drinking
4) When required for security reasons (for example, in banks and financial institutions)
5) Swimming, exercising in gyms, and sports
6) Speeches, presentations, or performances
7) In church or while engaging in religious worship
8) Children under the age of six (6) are not required to wear face coverings
Also, Reeves addressed school openings. He said he’d received reopening plans from school districts, and he will be reviewing them and giving his thoughts on them.
He said the reopening of the schools isn’t about public health v. school reopening, it’s about public health v. public health. Reeves said he doesn’t agree with districts who will not open their doors for the rest of the school year.
Reeves said some students did well when schools were out, and students had to learn through distance learning, however; his worry is some students need in-person instructional help, and if they are not in front of a teacher, it can set them back not just for a year but for years to come.
“These are not easy answers, and there are no right answers,” Reeves said.