JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi residents tin present face jailhouse clip oregon fines if they garbage to self-isolate aft receiving a affirmative COVID-19 test, according to a caller exigency authorities wellness order.
According to the order issued Friday by Mississippi State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs, those who declaration COVID-19 indispensable isolate themselves astatine location for 10 days erstwhile they go alert that they are infected, careless of their vaccination status.
“A antagonistic trial for COVID-19 is not required to extremity isolation astatine the extremity of 10 days, but you indispensable beryllium fever escaped for astatine slightest 24 hours with betterment of different symptoms,” the bid reads.
The bid stated that refusal to obey could effect successful a $500 fine, up to six months successful jail, oregon both. However, erstwhile a life-threatening illness is involved, the refusal to obey the bid could see up to $5,000 successful fines, 5 years of jailhouse clip oregon both, according to the authorities wellness order.
Mississippi has precocious started to acquisition its 3rd and largest question of COVID-19 cases amid the dispersed of the contagious delta variant.
According to information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the authorities saw 5,048 caller cases connected Thursday, the astir since the commencement of the pandemic.
The spike successful cases has resulted successful a emergence successful hospitalizations crossed the state. Officials were precocious forced to unfastened a field infirmary successful a parking garage of the University of Mississippi Medical Center successful Jackson.
Health officials accidental astir caller hospitalizations and deaths caused by COVID-19 are among those who stay unvaccinated. Bloomberg reports that Mississippi has among the lowest vaccination rates successful the country.
This communicative was primitively published by Jack Helean connected Scripps presumption KSTU successful Salt Lake City.