Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves insisted that his state's Covid-19 cases are under control despite a 23% positivity rate, he said on CBS today.
"We've actually cut the total number of cases on a daily basis in half over the last two and a half weeks," Reeves said to questions about Mississippi having the highest positivity rate in the US.
Reeves said his state had 1,391 cases on July 29, and they are now down to a 7-day rolling average of 728 cases.
Reeves was asked about the Mississippi's state health officer's comment this week stating that there are 11 hospitals in the state with no intensive care unit beds available.
Hospitalizations and fatalities are a lagging indicator, Reeves emphasized.
"Do we have hospital capacity issues? We do," Reeves said. "[I]n our state and virtually every other rural state across America, we have ICU bed issues and hospital capacity issues even when there's not Covid-19."
There are 150 ICU beds available in Mississippi currently, according to Reeves.