Published on December 28th, 2021 | by TLV News0
Mississippi COVID-19 Update for December 21-27, 2021
COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are rising rapidly in the state as the Omicron variant spreads. Masks should be worn indoors in public places to reduce the risk of transmission. As always, be tested if you feel sick, talk to a doctor about appropriate treatment and remain at home if you test positive.
Holiday gatherings and indoor activities can be major contributors of COVID-19 transmission. Please keep these gatherings few and small.
Vaccination remains the most effective way to prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. Everyone aged 5 and older should be fully vaccinated, and those 18 and over should receive a booster at the appropriate time.
More than 1,443,000 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: 10,629
Positive test results reported to MSDH between August 31 and September 6, as of 3 p.m. yesterday.
Deaths reported in the past week: 33
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: 535,258
Total Mississippi COVID-19 deaths: 10,420
Long-Term Care Facilities
- Current active outbreaks: 82
An outbreak is considered any confirmed COVID-19 case among LTC facility residents or employees.
Schools are currently dismissed for the holidays. COVID-19 school reports will resume the second week in January.
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: 400
- Patients currently in intensive care for confirmed COVID-19: 105
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.