Mississippi sets a new daily high for COVID cases reported in state

The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting record daily high of 5,048 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi and 54 deaths as of Thursday morning.
MSDH said on its Facebook page, “As we go into the weekend, stay safe: avoid large gatherings and wear a mask in public indoor places, even if you are vaccinated. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, there’s never been a better time to get yours. We need to get our numbers down and keep people out of the hospital!”
Thirty-two deaths occurred between August 8 and August 19, and 22 deaths occurred between April 29 and August 14, identified from death certificate reports. Mississippi’s total of COVID-19 cases is now 406,249, with 7,991 deaths.
Seven of those 32 deaths were from the Coast: 1 in Hancock County, 5 in Harrison County and 2 in Jackson County. Of the other 22, 1 each was reported from George, Harrison and Stone counties.
Among cases and deaths already reported, MSDH has identified six additional COVID-19 cases in residents of long-term care facilities, and one additional death. Outbreaks of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities have decreased for the first time since the delta wave started, with 172 now ongoing.
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.
Vaccination rates are slowly ticking upward. In South Mississippi, residents with at least 1 shot of vaccine are at 31% for Hanocock, 39% for Harrison, 38% for Jackson, 31% for Pearl River, 38% for Stone and 33% for George counties.
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.
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