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MISSISSIPPI (WJW) — Those who contract COVID-19 in Mississippi are being asked to either isolate at home for 10 days or more or otherwise face a prison sentence of up to 5 years.
The new order was issued by the Mississippi State Department of Health on Friday, as cases continue to mount in the state.
As coronavirus can be life-threatening, those who don’t comply with the alert could also potentially face a $5,000 fine along with prison time.
Mississippi is one of the least vaccinated states in the country, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting that only about 38% of the eligible population is fully vaccinated.
The order went into effect on Friday.
Read the full order below: