COVID cases still rising in the state, Department of Health reports

The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting an additional 4,807 cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi and 21 deaths.
Foureen deaths occurred between August 7 and August 18, and seven deaths occurred between November 26, 2020 and August 12, identified from death certificate reports. Mississippi’s total of COVID-19 cases is now 401,201, with 7,937 deaths.
One of the deaths reported was from Harrison County.
Among cases and deaths already reported, MSDH has identified 16 additional COVID-19 cases in residents of long-term care facilities, and one additional death. Outbreaks of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities continue to increase, with 180 now ongoing.
Hospital beds are in short supply for COVID patients and the Department of Health reports that 1,000 beds are empty because of a shortage of medical staff.
Vaccination against COVID-19 is free, safe and is proving effective at preventing illness, hospitalization and death. You can be vaccinated at any of our free sites, or at hundreds of providers statewide. Find vaccination information, COVID-19 data reports, and guidance on our website at https://msdh.ms.gov/covid-19
If you are homebound, get help with COVID-19 vaccination by emailing COVIDHomebound@msdh.ms.gov, or call 877-978-6453.
For questions about COVID-19, or to get help with a vaccination appointment, call the Mississippi COVID-19 Hotline at 877-978-6453 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.
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