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Gov. Tate Reeves to address Mississippians in second live Facebook event

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Gov. Tate Reeves signed a COVID-19 emergency declaration March 14. (Photo via MS Governor's office)

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves will host another live Facebook event Thursday to talk about plans for schools in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The event will begin at 10 a.m. on the governor’s Facebook page.

In a statement Reeves released Wednesday, the governor warned of the effects of fear and panic and encouraged Mississippians to stay calm:

We are together in a moment of great uncertainty. It is a time when all of our lives are being disrupted as we come together to fight one common enemy. All of your state’s leaders are working hard, following the lead of experts, to combat the COVID-19 virus and prevent its spread in our communities.

There is another enemy at this time. There is another disease. It is also global, but much older than the novel coronavirus. It is, historically, even more deadly, and it is far more contagious. That disease is panic.

This is a time for great caution. There is a difference between caution and panic.

Caution leads you to stock up on essentials and prepare your family for time in the home together. Panic moves you to hoard essentials and prevent others from getting what they need. Caution leads you to wash your hands and practice social distancing. Panic moves you to despair and fear your neighbors.

In times like these, there are always loud voices fanning the flames of fear. Please consider the source of any information you see, before you share it.

We must have a healthy respect for the serious nature of this virus. Do not act irresponsibly — putting your family and neighbors at risk. But do not give into the voices of irrational fear that tell you we will not return from this journey. We will make it home and emerge stronger than ever.

During my first State of the State address, I shared Romans 12:12. I believe it gives each of us a powerful charge in these uncertain times: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” That is what I will personally strive to do as we address this pandemic. I hope you may find that to be a helpful goal as well.

Anxiety and panic can be as dangerous to you as any physical illness. Please do not give in to them. We need you. Mississippi needs you. Your neighborhood needs you. Your place of work needs you. Your family needs you.

We need you to act calmly — protecting those you have been tasked to protect.

We need you to be smart — preventing the spread of this virus and panic.

We’re counting on you. We’re all counting on each other. I’ll aim to do my part, and I know that you will do yours too. We’re Mississippians — Americans — and that’s what we do.

Stay tuned for more information and updates on all of the practical matters we must deal with very soon.

Stay safe. Protect one another. Keep your head high and don’t give in to irrational fear. We’re coming through this as a state.

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Reeves puts seven more counties under mask mandates

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Gov. Tate Reeves providing a COVID-19 update from home Nov. 12 (image from video screen capture)

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves announced Monday that seven additional counties have qualified to be under more restrictive conditions due to rising COVID-19 cases.

The conditions, listed under his “Safe Recovery” executive order in effect through Dec. 11, include wearing masks in almost all public places.

Counties added to the list Monday are Hinds, Madison, Pontotoc, Tate, Winston, Itawamba and Montgomery. Added to the 15 counties already under more restrictive conditions, Mississippi now has 22 of its 82 counties included in the executive order.

“Let’s keep fighting COVID. Let’s protect ourselves and protect our neighbors,” Reeves said in a statement. “Let’s also keep praying. I believe if we work together, we can make a difference. We can slow the spread and bridge the gap between now and when this vaccine becomes readily available and protect the integrity of our health care system.”

The seven-day average of new cases in Mississippi is currently over 1,000. The state is part of a nationwide surge that is averaging more than 150,000 new cases daily from coast to coast.

Two vaccines have recently shown great promise in early testing. Neither is expected to be available to the general public until the spring of 2021.

The governor and his family are self-isolating after his youngest daughter tested positive for the virus.

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Three Vicksburg police officers test positive for COVID-19

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(Image by Felipe Esquivel Reed, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=87846813)

Three officers of the Vicksburg Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division have tested positive for COVID-19.

Monday, the department announced the results of tests completed earlier in the day.

The officers, who will not be named, will be quarantined for up to 14 days.

The department reminds the public to wear masks when conducting business at the police station.

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VIDEO – Capt. Randy Rippy honored at his retirement from the Vicksburg Fire Department

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Left to right: Pat “PatMan” Scallions, Doris Rippy, Capt. Rippy, Brittany Eaves, Cooper Eaves, Daniel Eaves and Colton Eaves (photo by Thomas Parker)

The Vicksburg Fire Department honored retiring Capt. Randy Rippy Monday.

Family and current and former co-workers gathered at Station 3 to honor Rippy, whose retirement becomes official at the end of his shift Tuesday morning.

Rippy has been a member of the department for 29 years. Chief Craig Danczyk spoke about working with Rippy as a young firefighter and how Rippy set the standard for public service with his work ethic.

Although Rippy is retiring from the Vicksburg department, he will continue to work with the fire department at Continental Tire where he has been working part time since March.

He becomes the third Vicksburg firefighter to retire and accept a position with Continental.

Left to right: Chief Craig Danczyk, Captian Rippy, Deputy Chief Trey Martin, Deputy Chief Derrick Stamps and Battalion Chief Carl Carson (photo by Thomas Parker)

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