Mississippi Today was told by sources familiar with Reeves’ plans that Reeves could make the announcement about the state stay-at-home order Wednesday afternoon. Sources claim that the governor’s decision was partly based on models that showed Mississippi’s cases peaking at the end of April or early May. Reeves maintained for weeks that Mississippi’s cases were not widespread enough to warrant any action. He also mentioned the possible economic impact of a state shutdown. At least 33 governors had issued some type of statewide shelter in place order as of Wednesday morning. Reeves was under increasing pressure from elected officials and state medical professionals as the number confirmed cases of COVID-19 grew. Reeves was sent an email by Dr. LouAnn Woodward (Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mississippi Medical Center) on Wednesday morning, asking for a “shelter-in-place” order. She said that, if the models of the virus’ spread to Mississippi are correct, the need for ventilators and ICU beds “will exceed our resources.” Sign up now to receive text messages from Mississippi Today when news about COVID-19 cases in Mississippi is developed. To support this important work, you can make a regular donation to the Spring Member Drive today.