State health officials discuss record number of COVID-19 cases
State health officials are speaking out after a record number of coronavirus cases were reported in Mississippi.
In a press briefing this afternoon, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs expressed concern over the nearly 2,500 reported cases today and record number of hospitalizations the state has experienced this week.
As a result, the MSDH has issued public health recommendations to Mississippians urging everyone to avoid social gatherings that include people outside of your immediate household, including funerals, weddings, and sporting events. Dr. Dobbs said, “We have to remember that most, at least 50 percent of transmissions are occurring from people who are asymptomatic and don’t know that they have it and you wouldn’t know. That’s why it’s important for us to avoid all social gatherings and assume that anyone we come in contact with is going to be a contagious coronavirus case.”
Under the MSDH recommendations, people should only continue to participate in work, school, or other essential activities.