Gov. Tate Reeves takes shot at ‘liberal media,’ blames protests for rise in COVID cases
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Governor Tate Reeves is throwing blame on protesters for the sharp rise in Coronavirus cases over the last few weeks.
On the Governor’s social media pages he writes, “Liberal media is trying to claim the increase of Coronavirus was just caused by family BBQ’s on Memorial Day. They completely ignore the fact that our uptick (and other states) began within days of massive protests all over—which they celebrated.”
This message seems to contradict the words of State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs who mentioned that he couldn’t say with certainty if the increases were because of protests or not.
On June 23rd Dr. Dobbs responded to a question about the protests and rising case numbers saying: “It would be hard to say. I will say of all the protesters I saw a lot of masks. I was very heartened to see that so kudos but we are not sure. We haven’t seen anything attributed to that but it is early. It takes a while. Outdoors are good. Masks are good. Crowds are bad. Remains to be seen.”
MSDH is attributing some of the spike to young adults who are not wearing masks or social distancing.
The Governor’s message Sunday comes just moments after House Speaker Phillip Gunn announced he tested positive for the Coronavirus. He also said that several other House members have also tested positive for the virus.
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