JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – With a surge in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant in Mississippi, health officials are encouraging people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
In a tweet on Tuesday, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said there are 12 children in the ICU due to the Delta variant. Ten of them are on life support.
According to Dobbs, a majority of the COVID-19 cases in Mississippi are the Delta variant. He said a “vast majority” of the cases, hospitalizations and deaths are of people who have not been vaccinated.
On Tuesday, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reported 219 new coronavirus cases and 10 additional deaths across the state.
Last week, MSDH issued new public health guidance due to the increase in COVID-19 cases. The agency issued the following recommendations:
- Those 65 and older should avoid all indoor mass gatherings (regardless of vaccination status)
- All Mississippi residents with chronic underlying medical conditions avoid all indoor mass gatherings
- All Mississippians 12 years of age and older receive COVID vaccination
- All unimmunized wear a mask when indoors in public settings