The MSDH reported 2,326 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend.
The Mississippi State Department of Health reported a large number of cases over the weekend at 2,326 new cases, averaging about 775 cases daily for the 3 days. Outbreaks within long-term care facilities have climbed back to 40, but only 3 deaths have been reported over the weekend.
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The state had been seeing an increase in cases as the Delta variant began to rise among Mississippi residents, but the weekend’s cases only surpassed the total average number of cases from last week. It was reported by State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs that most of the cases seen in Mississippi stem from the Delta variant.
Today, MSDH reports 2,326 more COVID-19 cases in Mississippi, 3 deaths, and 40 ongoing outbreaks in long-term care facilities. Express # COVID-19 total: 329,130 cases, 7,468 deaths and 1,007,618 fully vaccinated people. Complete information: https://t.co/YCv9xPyJDk pic.twitter.com/6kNyeh19px
– MS Department of Health (@msdh) July 19, 2021
Dobbs said Monday morning that the cases come from across the state, with the northwest corner of Mississippi, in particular DeSoto County, making up for many of the cases reported over the weekend.
He said that all age groups are affected. There has been an increase in cases among children, adolescents, and young adults. Dobbs noted that about 93 percent of deaths from the Delta variant are among those who are not vaccinated, with the unvaccinated accounting for about 95 percent of all cases.
The symptoms between the original COVID-19 virus and the new variant are mostly the same, however the Delta variant appears to be twice as contagious.
Dobbs said MSDH continues to recommend that anyone over the age of 12 who is eligible to receive the vaccine do so. MSDH has primarily endorsed the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines over the Johnson and Johnson option.
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Hospitals are also treating more patients. Dobbs tweeted Sunday that ICU beds were “tightening again.”
Attention to MS. The ICU beds tighten again.
Be safe for the next few weeks and avoid Delta
11 major ICUs with no beds available pic.twitter.com/Jk4JfmOKxV
– thomas dobbs (@TCBPubHealth) July 18, 2021