State officials not ready to express optimism over signs concerning coronavirus

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) — The top two state officials in the coronavirus fight are not ready to express optimism over signs Mississippi may be turning a corner against the disease.

Governor Tate Reeves cautioned during his Monday news conference not to read much into the state’s count of new coronavirus cases being under 200 for two consecutive days.

Gov. Tate Reeves speaking at a news conference in Jackson March 24.

“A couple of days do not a trend make,” said Reeves.

Also, State Health Officer Doctor Thomas Dobbs said there has been declining demand in coronavirus testing at the state lab, but he took the same approach the governor did on declining coronavirus counts.

“I hate to say it could be an encouraging sign because it might be, but we really don’t want to be premature,” added Dobbs.

In part because the state can do more testing, it is now lowering the threshold for someone to get a test at the one-day sites made available by the state and the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Originally, it would only test on a doctor’s recommendation and if you had coronavirus symptoms.

Now, according to Dobbs, a person can be tested at those sites with mild symptoms or just having been around someone with the virus.