Mask Mandate Extended In County Buildings
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COFFEEVILLE – The Yalobusha County Board of Supervisors have deferred a decision on lifting the mask mandate in the courthouses and other county buildings until their May 3 meeting.
The topic surfaced in Monday’s recessed meeting in the Coffeeville courthouse after Board President Cayce Washington noted that Governor Tate Reeves has lifted the state mandate requiring masks.
“We need to discuss how we are going to handle it at the county level,” Washington said.
Chancery Clerk Amy McMinn noted that some courthouse employees have received the first immunization shot for Covid-19, but were waiting on their second shot.
“I say we keep it a little while longer. That way the ones who haven’t had the shot have the opportunity if they want to,” District Two Supervisor Ken Rogers recommended.
“I would like to see us revisit this during the first board meeting in May,” District 4 Supervisor Eddie Harris agreed. “I think at that point it will be time to lift it (mandate).”
“I think this is a safe measure, to give people time to go their shots,” Washington added about maintaining the mandate until more people in the county have also been immunized.
Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of extended the mandate until May 3.
According to the latest data from the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), there have been 5,376 immunization doses administered to Yalobusha County residents. This includes first and second shots, and is an increase of 521 doses during the last week.
MSDH also reported 19 new confirmed Covid-19 cases in the county during the last week, pushing the total tally to 1,526 cases. The state agency reports the number of Covid-related deaths in the county remains unchanged at 36. The last death was reported on January 30.