How bad was Mississippi’s COVID surge in August? Charts, maps paint startling picture

 The increase in new COVID-19 cases in Mississippi over the last month was startling.The spike in cases from the Delta variant began in mid-July, according to statistics provided by the Mississippi Health Department. Rather than a daily look at the growing number of new cases and additional deaths, here is a look at the last month, from Aug. 1 to Aug. 31, reported by the Mississippi Health Department.Sun Herald, Read More.

Mississippi governor: Christians are 'less scared' of COVID

 Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that he stands by remarks he made at a political fundraising event last week — that he believes Christians are “a little less scared” of COVID-19 because of their belief in eternal life.“In our state and in our nation right now, there are certainly necessary precautions that we can take with respect to COVID. But I believe very strongly in my faith,” Reeves said in response to a question from The Associated Press during a news conference Monday.Daily Journal, Read More.

Ida’s gone but COVID is still here, Coast officials warn. How to stay safe during cleanup

As the Gulf Coast deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, health officials are warning residents to be mindful of COVID-19 risks and possible increase of spread. Hurricane fallout is often met with neighborly hospitality — well-meaning residents offer to house displaced evacuees, clean up community debris and share food and water with those most severely impacted. But Ida needs to be handled more cautiously, local and state health offices say, while the Coast is still a global COVID-19 hotspot.Sun Herald , Read More.

How are Mississippi’s public universities tracking COVID cases?

As COVID-19 continues to overwhelm Mississippi, classes are in full swing at colleges across the state. These first weeks of the semester, researchers say, are prime time for outbreaks to occur on college campuses. A peer-reviewed study published earlier this year found that in 18 out of 30 large U.S. universities, an outbreak on campus was followed by a surge in cases in the surrounding county less than 14 days later. Mississippi Today, Read More.

‘We are in crisis’: Mississippi hospitals dodge bullet with Ida, but COVID remains worse than ever

Hospitals across Mississippi said they were still in crisis Monday — not from fallout of Hurricane Ida, but because of the continued surge of COVID-19 patients.Despite massive power outages across the state as the historic storm ripped through, several Mississippi hospitals reported having little to no disruption of care because of the severe weather. One hospital in Pike County lost power for several hours, but generators kept the storm from affecting patients. Mississippi Today, Read More.

© 2016 Mississippi Health Advocacy Program