The coroner said in a Facebook post that felt compelled to say something because of the "many facebook google experts and politicians with politically driven agendas driven by money reporting information that is twisted and false to the public."
"I think that we failed to operate with a sense of urgency," Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba said.
"Just as the Supreme Court swept away the mistaken doctrine of 'separate but equal,' so too should it eliminate the doctrine of qualified immunity," Reeves wrote after mentioning many Black Americans killed by police.
A seven-day rolling average shows between 20 and 25 percent of Mississippi residents who were tested for COVID-19 were infected with the virus.
Mississippi, Missouri, Alaska, Oklahoma and Louisiana have each seen an increase in the average daily new cases reported over recent weeks.
Mississippi saw the largest jump in the country over the last 14 days.
"Now, they're deemed essential workers, but they're still treated as disposable," said Lorena Quiroz, an organizer of Working Together MS.
Tate Reeves has issued an executive order requiring people in 13 counties hard-hit by COVID-19 to wear masks.
"Not only is it here, it's gonna get worse," Mississippi Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said at a news conference as he assessed the state's overwhelmed hospital infrastructure.
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Hundreds of employees at Mississippi's State Capitol were tested Monday after at least eight lawmakers had contracted the virus in recent days, a health official said. Test results showed that 26 state lawmakers are positive for coronavirus.
Jackson, Mississippi city council members voted Tuesday for a statue of President Andrew Jackson, for whom the city is named, to be removed.
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves on Tuesday signed a bill that replaces the state flag with a new one that does not include Confederate iconography.
According to the latest forecast models, the next wave of dust will reach southeastern Texas, Louisiana and southern Mississippi.
Mississippi's House of Representatives passed a bill by a 91-23 margin, and it now moves to the state Senate. It has been the state's official flag since 1894.
Legislators are expected to start voting on Sunday to change Mississippi's 126-year-old state flag, which features a Confederate battle emblem that has long been decried as racist.
"My job as mayor is do to my best to keep our community safe, not make easy or politically popular decisions," Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton wrote about the announcement.
Trade winds blow dust from the Sahara westwards over the Atlantic every year.
"I began to reminisce about some of the things I endured here in Laurel and I had gone from that position to be in a position of the mayor, to be able to take that flag down and I wanted to do it to bring the people of Laurel together," Mayor Johnny Magee said of the executive order.
The dust can pose a health risk, particularly for those with respiratory issues, such as asthma and allergies.
A new poll finds that at least 55 percent of Mississippi voters support replacing the state flag with a new version that does not incorporate the Confederate battle flag.
"Prepare for not being able to get into the hospital if you have a car wreck, [to] have a heart attack and there not be a ventilator to put you on," State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said regarding the impact rising cases could have on the state's hospital system this fall.
The dust has brought hazy skies and poor air quality to large parts of the Caribbean.
In a statement, Walmart said the decision was "consistent with Walmart's position to not sell merchandise with the confederate flag from stores and online sites."
Last week, the NCAA and SEC banned Mississippi from hosting championship events until the flag is changed.
Dr. Thomas Dobbs, Mississippi State Health Officer, said that officials had identified a cluster of coronavirus cases and outbreaks linked to University of Mississippi fraternity parties.
Lowndes County Supervisor Harry Sanders said that dependency still occurs today and criticized black people for being the only ones unable to assimilate.
In a 2001 ballot measure, Mississippi voters chose not to replace the flag by a margin of 2-to-1, but today's political climate is much different.
The incident was reported as rallies protesting George Floyd's death in Minneapolis last week escalated in cities across the United States.
The Mississippi Department of Health reported a new single-day high in cases with 418, topping a previous high of 404 on May 8.