So did you guess which party these idiots are from?

Courtesy of CNN:

If you’ve been in contact with your state lawmaker in Mississippi, you may want to get a coronavirus test.

About one in six state lawmakers have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to Dr. Thomas Dobbs of the Mississippi Health Department.

For weeks, politicians flouted mask recommendations inside the state Capitol. Twenty-six state legislators have now tested positive for Covid-19, including Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and State House Speaker Philip Gunn. Neither man wore a mask at a bill signing at the governor’s mansion last week.

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves said on Tuesday that he and his daughters tested negative for the virus, tweeting they had “limited contact with the people who were diagnosed.”

This spike in infections follows an especially busy few weeks in the Capitol. Members have met to discuss the state’s budget, an unemployment crisis, and in June, the legislature passed a historic bill to remove the Confederate emblem from the state’s flag. Many visitors and advocates attended the Capitol to watch the debate and to protest.

Without masks, it may not come as a shock that the virus spread so efficiently within the legislature. On the floor, desks are packed tightly together, and members gather closely to communicate with their colleagues.

“We could have done more to prevent this,” State Rep. Robert Johnson III, the Democratic leader of the state’s House of Representatives, said in a statement to CNN.

“It seems it was all about some erroneous, dangerously promoted political stance. It’s disgusting. Our governor refuses to order statewide mask requirements and our leadership decided not to require it at the Capitol.”

That last part is no longer true as this virus has infested Mississippians at an alarming rate.

Courtesy of NPR:

Mississippi’s governor has imposed mandatory use of face masks and limited nonessential gatherings in 13 counties, including those that cover the state’s most populous cities, as COVID-19 cases have surged in recent days, causing record hospitalizations.

The state’s Department of Health reported 1,031 new coronavirus cases and 11 new deaths from the disease on Friday, one day after the State Department of Health Officer, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, said intensive care units in five Mississippi hospitals were full because of the increase in cases.

Gov. Tate Reeves, speaking on Friday, said Mississippians should “take this as an alarm.”

“Mississippi is in a fight for our lives,” Reeves said. “COVID-19 is an ever-present threat and we are in the middle of a spike.”

All of this could have been prevented. 

But only if those in leadership would have pulled their heads out of their asses and listened to the medical professionals and scientists. 

But no, this is a red state, 

And Republicans simply do not trust facts or science. 

And now they are suffering for it.