Published on August 10th, 2021 | by TLV News


97% of COVID-19 Cases in Mississippi are Unvaccinated People

More than 1,056,000 people have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in Mississippi. Vaccination is very effective at preventing COVID-19 illness, hospitalization and death. Vaccination benefits you even if you have already had COVID-19. Most COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are now among unvaccinated Mississippians.

Find a Vaccination

All Mississippians aged 12 or older are now eligible for vaccination at hundreds of convenient locations statewide. Vaccinations are free to all Mississippians.

Homebound persons can get help with COVID-19 vaccination by sending e-mail to

Host a vaccination event for your business or organization by writing to

Follow daily vaccination progress: Mississippi COVID-19 Vaccination Report

More about vaccinations and where to get one

COVID-19 Case and Death Summary

Cases reported in the past week:


Positive test results reported to MSDH between August 3 and August 9, as of 3 p.m. yesterday.

Total Mississippi COVID-19 cases: 368,549

Deaths reported in the past week:


COVID-19 related deaths reported to MSDH or determined from death certificate reports between August 3 and August 9, as of 3 p.m. yesterday.

Total Mississippi COVID-19 deaths: 7,685

COVID-19 Variants

MSDH regularly tests a selected number of cases for the presence of COVID-19 variants. Our variants report does not include analysis of every case, but does indicate the current proportion of different variants seen in Mississippi.

The Delta Variant (shown in yellow) now accounts for almost 100% of cases sampled.

Long-Term Care Facilities

Outbreaks in long-term care facilities have increased yet again this week. If you are a staff member or caregiver in a long-term care facility and you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19, please take this important step now to help protect our vulnerable older Mississippians.

Current active outbreaks: 158

An outbreak is considered any confirmed COVID-19 case among LTC facility residents or employees.


Mississippi is approaching an all-time high for hospitalizations for COVID-19, and the state is currently experiencing a severe shortage of intensive car beds.

Patients currently hospitalized for confirmed COVID-19: 1,410

Patients currently in intensive care for confirmed COVID-19: 371

COVID-19 Hospitalizations by Date

State Trend

Cases by Date of Illness

This chart tracks COVID-19 cases according to the date the person first became ill, rather than the date their case was reported. It’s the standard way of following the course of a disease in a population. The black average line helps identify upward or downward trending. (In the few cases where date of illness has not yet been determined, testing date is used.) Since we are still receiving reports of illnesses that began up to two weeks ago, expect the more recent dates on this chart to change.

Deaths by Date of Occurrence

What You Can Do

  • Be vaccinated. Vaccination is the most powerful step you can take to resume normal community life and stop unnecessary deaths.
  • Be tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms or believe you may have been exposed. See our guide to local testing providers and free testing at
  • If you are unvaccinated, wear a mask whenever you are indoors, away from home.
  • If you are over 65, or have a chronic illness, avoid all large indoor gatherings, even if you are vaccinated.
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The Local Voice is a bimonthly entertainment guide and newspaper based in Oxford, Mississippi, covering and distributed in North Central Mississippi, including Oxford, Ole Miss, Taylor, Abbeville, Water Valley, Lafayette County, Yalobusha County, and parts of Panola County, Marshall County, and Tupelo . The Local Voice is distributed free to over 255 locations in North Mississippi and also available as a full color PDF download worldwide on the internet.

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