Prentiss County has been added to the growing list of counties in the state where residents are required to wear face coverings in public.
Gov. Tate Reeves announced the addition of Prentiss County, along with neighboring Alcorn, Tishomingo and Tippah, in a press conference last week.
The new order continues through December 11. Under the order, residents must wear masks inside businesses, schools or other public indoor spaces where a minimum social distance of six-feet cannot be done. The order also limits gatherings to no more than 50 outdoors and no more than 10 indoors where social distancing isn’t possible.
Reeves has not reissued a statewide mask mandate but has continued to target what he terms “hotspots” on a county by county basis. Currently 54 counties across the state, including Prentiss, meet the governor’s requirements for issuing the more stringent regulations.
COVID-19 cases in the county continue to rise. As of Tuesday, the county had a total of 1,513 cases and 31 deaths from the virus, according to the latest figures released by the Mississippi State Department of Health.