MSDH: All Mississippians should wear masks now

​Keeping their own public health guidance in lockstep with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Mississippi Department of Health updated its COVID-19 related recommendations on Wednesday, calling on all Mississippians, regardless of their vaccination status, to wear masks while in public indoor spaces. Additionally, MSDH is recommending that if someone is exposed to someone with COVID-19, they should get tested regardless of their vaccination status. This is due to the presence of breakthrough cases among the vaccinated, seen at a considerably higher rate since the emergence of the Delta variant. Mississippi Today, Read More.

More people in Harrison County died of COVID over 5 days than the entire month of June

As the number of COVID-19 cases surge across the state because of the delta variant, the last few days have proven deadly in South Mississippi.The Mississippi State Department of Health on Tuesday reported eight new COVID deaths in the state’s southernmost six counties over the period of July 29-Aug. 2 — five of those in Harrison County. There were two deaths in Jackson County and one in Pearl River County.The five deaths reported in Harrison County over five days exceeds the county’s death total for the entire month of June, which had three COVID deaths.Sun Herald, Read More.

Mississippi COVID-19 vaccinations increase as virus surges

Albert Wilson Sr. was unsure whether to trust the COVID-19 vaccine when it came out. He told his family he wanted to wait a few months to see how it affected other people before making a decision about himself. That was before the 58-year-old maintenance technician from Utica was hospitalized with the virus in June. During his two weeks at St. Dominic’s in Jackson — the last weeks of his life — he was begging his wife and four children to get it.Daily Journal, Read More.

Tupelo School Board approves mask mandate for new school year

Students and teachers at Tupelo schools will be required to wear masks while indoors when school starts later this week. During a special called meeting, Monday afternoon, the Tupelo Public School District Board of Trustees approved a mask mandate for the start of the 2021-22 school year. Tupelo schools resume classes on Wednesday.Daily Journal, Read More.

Analysis: Don’t Want a Vaccine? Be Prepared to Pay More for Insurance.

America’s covid-19 vaccination rate is around 60% for ages 12 and up. That’s not enough to reach so-called herd immunity, and in states like Missouri — where a number of counties have vaccination rates under 25% — hospitals are overwhelmed by serious outbreaks of the more contagious delta variant.KHN, Read More.

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