Published on January 11th, 2022 | by TLV News


Mississippi COVID-19 Update for January 3-9, 2022

The Omicron variant now makes up virtually all cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi. Hospitalizations are rapidly increasing, and deaths have begin to rise. Vaccination and boosters remain effective protection.


More than 1,462,000 people have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in Mississippi. Vaccination benefits you even if you have already had COVID-19.

Receiving a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine dramatically lowers the risk of death. Be vaccinated, and if you are eligible, get your, 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

Host a vaccination event for your business or organization by writing to

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: 42,666

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

Deaths reported in the past week: 71

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: 608,768

Total Mississippi COVID-19 deaths: 10,563

Long-Term Care Facilities

  • Current active outbreaks: 290

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 January 7.

  • Number of schools reporting: 633
  • New K-12 student cases for this reporting week: 3,854
  • New teacher/staff cases for this reporting week: 1,541

View COVID-19 school reports


Hospitalizations for COVID-19 illness have increased dramatically in the past two weeks. MSDH has activated its hospital system of care plan to help route emergency patients to available hospital beds.

  • Patients currently hospitalized for confirmed COVID-19: 1,211
  • Patients currently in intensive care for confirmed COVID-19: 240

COVID-19 Hospitalizations by Date

State Trend

This chart tracks COVID-19 cases and deaths according to the date the person first became ill, or by date of death, rather than when the event was reported. Since we are still receiving reports of illnesses that began up to two weeks ago, expect the more recent numbers on this chart to increase.

Cases and Deaths by Date

Weekly Comparison

What You Can Do

  • Be vaccinated, or get a booster. Vaccination is the most powerful step you can take to resume normal community life and stop unnecessary deaths. Booster doses are important to extend your immune protection.
  • 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
  • Be treated with monoclonal antibody treatment if you have tested positive and may be at risk for serious illness. Details
  • If you are unvaccinated, wear a mask whenever you are indoors, away from home.
  • Keep gatherings small. Maintain a healthy distance as often as possible.
  • If you are over 65, or have a chronic illness, avoid all large indoor gatherings, even if you are vaccinated.

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