MSDH discusses delta variant, breakthrough cases, and new guidelines

Today, Mississippi’s top health official said the COVID-19 delta variant is ‘sweeping across Mississippi like a tsunami’ as the state reported 3,164 new cases of the highly transmittable virus in a single day.

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said 90 percent of new COVID-19 cases in Mississippi are now the delta variant. The state’s hospitals are overwhelmed with almost no ICU beds available for patients.

The University of Mississippi, Mississippi State, and the University of Southern Mississippi have announced that they will require students and staff to wear masks indoors, citing the surge in delta variant cases. Dr. Dobbs said, “If we look at the degree of infectiousness that Delta brings with it, on average, among unvaccinated exposed people, 8-9 people will get it from one person. So, if I get COVID, I’m going to give it to other people, and if they’re unvaccinated, about eight to nine people on average, and you can see how explosive that’s going to be.”

All county health departments are available for free COVID vaccinations at this time.

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