Published on August 31st, 2021 | by TLV News


Mississippi COVID-19 Update: August 24 – August 30, 2021


MSDH vaccination and testing sites in central and south Mississippi are closed Tuesday, August 31. More information

More than 1,162,000 people have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in Mississippi. Vaccination is effective at preventing COVID-19 illness, and especially 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.

COVID-19 Case and Death Summary

Cases reported in the past week: 19,933

Positive test results reported to MSDH between August 17 and August 23, as of 3 p.m. yesterday.

Deaths reported in the past week: 251

COVID-19 related deaths reported to MSDH or determined from death certificate reports between August 17 and August 23, as of 3 p.m. yesterday.

Total Mississippi COVID-19 cases: 436,722

Total Mississippi COVID-19 deaths: 8,409

Long-Term Care Facilities

  • Current active outbreaks: 170

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

K-12 Schools

835 Mississippi schools have reported COVID-19 data for the week ending August 20.

  • New K-12 student cases for this reporting week: 5,763
  • New teacher/staff cases for this reporting week: 945

New COVID-19 school reports are published on the MSDH website by Wednesday each week. (Note: This week’s report may be delayed to give schools affected by Hurricane Ida more time to report their data.)


Mississippi’s hospital burden remains exceptionally high, as a shortage of adult and children’s ICU beds continues.

  • Patients currently hospitalized for confirmed COVID-19: 1,533
  • Patients currently in intensive care for confirmed COVID-19: 459

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 of test results. 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.


If you have tested positive for COVID-19 and may be at risk for serious illness, mAb treatment can reduce your risk of severe symptoms and hospitalization. Details and treatment providers

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About the Author

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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