Published on September 7th, 2021 | by TLV News


Mississippi COVID-19 Update: August 31 – September 6, 2021


More than 1,162,000 people have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in Mississippi. Vaccination is effective at More than 1,203,000 people have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in Mississippi. 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: 16,626

Positive test results reported to MSDH between August 31 and September 6, as of 3 p.m. yesterday.

Deaths reported in the past week: 277

COVID-19 related deaths reported to MSDH or determined from death certificate reports between August 31 and September 6, as of 3 p.m. yesterday.

Total Mississippi COVID-19 cases: 453,348

Total Mississippi COVID-19 deaths: 8,685

Long-Term Care Facilities

  • Current active outbreaks: 146

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

K-12 Schools

669 Mississippi schools have reported COVID-19 data for the week ending August 27.

  • New K-12 student cases for this reporting week: 3,929
  • New teacher/staff cases for this reporting week: 595

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: 1,438
  • Patients currently in intensive care for confirmed COVID-19: 452

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

Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Unit Offering Free Vaccines for the Public
University of Mississippi Schedules Vaccine Clinics throughout Semester

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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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