“With more than 3,000,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine having been administered in Mississippi and with COVID-19 infections and resulting hospitalizations being effectively managed, it is time to end the State of Emergency in Mississippi. It will expire on November 20,” Reeves shared on social media Thursday.
MSDH COVID-19 Reporting
— MS Dept of Health (@msdh) November 10, 2021
Today MSDH is reporting 299 more cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, 4 deaths, and 25 ongoing outbreaks in long-term care facilities. State #covid19 totals: 507,775 cases, 10,182 deaths, and 1,384,515 persons fully vaccinated. Full COVID-19 information: https://t.co/YCv9xPyJDk pic.twitter.com/chn0fEwlGL
Mississippi Governor says the COVID State of Emergency will end when the current order expires next Saturday.
The Governor says the decision was made in coordination with State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs and MEMA Executive Director Stephen McCraney. It is being extended for an additional eight days, and its termination is effective at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, November 20, 2021.
YP – District 32 Special Runoff Election Candidates Pick Up Endorsements
While special elections are non-partisan, Democrats are lining up behind Rod Hickman; Republicans trending towards Dr. Minh Duong.
Rod Hickman led a field of 9 candidates in the November 2nd special election to fill the open Mississippi state Senate District 32 seat. Hickman won 23% of the vote. The runner-up was Dr. Minh Duong. He carried 21% of the vote. Both candidates are not on the November 23rd special runoff election ballot. Since the initial election, both candidates have picked up competing endorsements as they vie for the seat.
YP – Democrat Johnny DuPree enters 4th Congressional District race Former Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree, a Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for Governor, and Secretary of State, has qualified to run for the 4th Congressional District in the 2022 midterm elections.
DuPree makes the second Democrat to announce his intentions to seek the South Mississippi seat. David Sellers, also of Hattiesburg, is in the race, having raised $1,380 with a cash on hand total of $1,085 as of the latest campaign finance filing. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) does not show DuPree among the general list of candidates for the 4th Congressional District but he did file his statement of organization in August 2021. His campaign reported that he raised $7,150 in the third quarter and shows DuPree with $6,881 cash on hand.
Former Hinds County employee Marketa Graham was arrested after being indicted for fraud. Special Agents also arrested Chris Smith, former Mississippi Board of Animal Health Director of Accounting and Finance, after he was indicted for embezzlement. Graham was issued a $9,661.44 demand letter upon her arrest. Chris Smith was previously issued a demand letter for $33,892.54.
State Auditor Shad White announced Special Agents from his office have made two arrests in Hinds County. YP – Auditor’s Office Makes Two Arrests in Separate Hinds County Cases