Governor Tate Reeves issues shelter in place for Lauderdale County

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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves is issuing his first stay-at-home order to try to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

It’s only for one of the 82 counties. Reeves says Tuesday that testing has shown a rapid increase in cases in Lauderdale County.

He and the state epidemiologist, Dr. Paul Byers, say a nursing home there is considered a hot spot for the virus.

The Health Department says Mississippi has 20 deaths and nearly 940 cases.

Reeves says he could issue other stay-home orders if tests show rapid increases in cases elsewhere.

Gulfport’s mayor has set a stay-home order in his city. (AP)

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