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Reeves to announce Friday if Mississippi will end shelter in place as scheduled

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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves at a press conference in January. (photo via video screen grab)

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves will announce Friday at 9 a.m. whether the state’s shelter-in-place proclamation will be lifted as scheduled.

Reeves and other governors are meeting today with President Donald Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force to discuss plans to re-open the economy.

Mississippi’s proclamation is scheduled to expire on Monday, April 20.

Dr. Daniel Edney, a member of the Mississippi COVID-19 Task Force and a Vicksburg physician, warned not to jump the gun “while the eye of the storm is over us,” and recommended another week for sheltering in place in a Facebook post Thursday.

“Our new cases per day are still climbing but we’re expecting the peak to be sometime in the next 7 days. As our testing results lag a few days, we may well be at the apex now,” Edney wrote. “Our communities have done a great job in flattening the curve with the main goal being to keep from swamping our hospitals and ICUs AND to reduce deaths. Currently, we are in good shape with our hospitals and although our deaths are still high (10-14/day), it is much lower than predicted earlier.

“Another week SHOULD see us through the worst of it. Our high risk folks will need to continue to shelter in place for another 4-6 weeks until the case load is way down but we should be able to slowly start to open up for normal risk individuals very soon. We must not sound the “All Clear” while the eye of the storm is over us but it will be better soon. Many thanks to everyone who has followed the State Health Department restrictions. It is making a difference and saving lives and the life you save may be your own. Blessings and we will keep you informed.”

The Vicksburg Daily News will post the governor’s announcement live on our Facebook page tomorrow.

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Reeves puts another 13 counties under mask mandates

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Gov. Tate Reeves during April 22 news conference. (Photo via video screen grab)

Tuesday, Gov. Tate Reeves announced 13 additional counties that have qualified and met certain requirements to be placed under mask mandates with his “Safe Recovery” executive order that is in effect until Dec. 11.

Those additional counties are: Adams, Amite, Coahoma, Franklin, Jefferson, Kemper, Monroe, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Quitman, Scott, Sunflower and Washington. A total of 54 of Mississippi’s 82 counties are now under mask mandates.

“I hope that people believe me when I say this is a time when the virus is extremely present,” Reeves said during a news conference streamed live on Facebook. “It is all around us right now, more than almost any time before. Please continue to be careful and safeguard yourself and your loved ones.”

A copy of the Executive Order can be found here.

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Handgun stolen in auto burglary

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A handgun was stolen in an auto burglary Monday in Vicksburg.

Monday, Nov. 30, at 10:34 a.m. officers took a report in reference to an auto burglary that occurred at 3133 Washington St.

The victim reported someone stole a SCCY 9-mm handgun from his 2000 GMC Sierra.

If you have any information about this incident, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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Shooting suspect turns herself in

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Devona Jackson (photo courtesy VPD)

The suspect in a Nov. 25 shooting turned herself in to Vicksburg police investigators Monday.

Devona Jackson, 36, of Vicksburg, was charged with one count of shooting into an unoccupied vehicle in connection with an altercation at the Smoke Break convenience store, 1217 Cherry St., on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Jackson was arraigned in the Vicksburg Municipal Court, where Judge Angela Carpenter set her bond at $15,000 and bound her over to the Warren County grand jury.

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