COVID-19

Published on December 21st, 2021 | by TLV News

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Mississippi COVID-19 Update for December 14-20, 2021

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are significantly higher over the past seven days. Upcoming holiday gatherings will create conditions for rapid COVID-19 transmission. This is an important time to take special care of your health and the health of others.

Plan your gatherings wisely, keep them small when you can, and gather outdoors as much as possible. Precautions taken now can control the rising trend of infections.

Vaccinations

More than 1,440,000 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.

Find a Vaccination or Booster

All Mississippians aged 5 or older are now eligible for vaccination at hundreds of convenient locations statewide. Vaccinations and boosters are free to all Mississippians.

Homebound persons can get help with COVID-19 vaccination by sending e-mail to COVIDHomebound@msdh.ms.gov

Host a vaccination event for your business or organization by writing to VaccineEvent@msdh.ms.gov

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: 4,370

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

Deaths reported in the past week: 47

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: 524,629

Total Mississippi COVID-19 deaths: 10,387

Long-Term Care Facilities

  • Current active outbreaks: 52

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

K-12 Schools

COVID-19 data reported by schools for the week ending December 3.

  • Number of schools reporting: 413
  • New K-12 student cases for this reporting week: 292
  • New teacher/staff cases for this reporting week: 102

Hospitalizations

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: 265
  • Patients currently in intensive care for confirmed COVID-19: 72

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 http://HealthyMS.com/covid19test
  • 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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