Gov. Tate Reeves knew that COVID-19 was headed toward Mississippi at least a month ago. His own timeline, sent to the media, shows that he activated an “incident command structure” at the Mississippi State Department of Health on Feb. 20, 2020. He signed an executive order setting up a COVID-19 steering committee on March 4. Then he went to Spain with his family on spring break the week of March 9, as the pandemic was exploding in Europe, including the country where he vacationed. Reeves’ actions before spring break came during the span of time when Donald Trump was downplaying and framing concerns about COVID-19 as a Democratic “hoax,” while top government officials were being briefed that it could be as bad as the 1918 flu pandemic. In other words,...
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EDITORIAL: Gov. Reeves Needs to Take ‘Essential’ Seriously for COVID-19 Social Distancing