Published on December 21st, 2021 | by TLV News0
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.
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.
- Find a pharmacy or clinic near you offering vaccinations
- Find a vaccination, booster or third vaccine dose at county health departments and local vaccination providers. Details and eligibility
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
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.
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
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
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.