November 6, 2020, MPB, Desare Fraizer – The Mississippi Department of Health reports 1,612 cases and eight deaths Thursday. The department says some of those cases were backlogged. But they say the majority of them occurred this week. Dr. Claude Brunson is Executive Director of the Mississippi Medical Association. He says it’ll take another statewide mask mandate like the one in August, to curb the rising rate. “Before we got to the statewide mandate, we went through a series of adding on counties and that helped a little bit but it wasn’t until we got to a statewide mask mandate, that we really saw numbers start to fall as far as the number of cases and that’s what it’s going to take now,” said Brunson. View Story.