October 8, 2020, MPB News, Kobee Vance – New coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have increased this week in Mississippi, and health officials have concerns about residents not wearing masks in public. The Governor chose not to extend his mask mandate last week, but some local officials have extended orders in their jurisdiction. Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton has mandated face coverings be worn in public until November 11th. He says he’s following recommendations of local health experts and says he’s concerned that leaders like the President are discouraging mask usage. “The President kinda came across as anti-mask. That was [at] the debate on Tuesday. The next day you see his acolyte, Governor Reeves, do away with the mask requirement in the state of Mississippi,” says Mayor Shelton. “That leads to people in the city of Tupelo refusing to wear a mask, and they’re going to end up in the hospital or even worse.” View Story.