Rapid increase of Delta Variant cases in Mississippi
Mississippi is seeing a rapid increase in positive COVID cases throughout the state.
The increase is happening as some schools are starting classes and as thousands of people are gathering for the Neshoba County Fair.
Over the weekend, MSDH reported 3,608 new cases. Today there has been 1,291 new cases. In long term care facilities, they have reported a total of 96 current outbreaks.
Hospitalizations have increased significantly among younger individuals, causing a strain on hospitals and healthcare workers.
Dr. Thomas Dobbs says it is likely that almost all the cases are due to the overwhelming rise of the delta variant, which is twice as contagious. He says it doesn’t help that less than half of the state still remains unvaccinated.
Health officials have reported that the vaccine has been found to be 88 percent effective against the delta variant.
The Mississippi Association of Educators is calling on Governor Tate Reeves to set a mask mandate for schools.