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Mississippi leads the world in COVID-19 cases per capita



Dr. Thomas Dobbs, left, and Gov. Tate Reeves on March 26 during one of the first news conferences about COVID-19 in Mississippi. (Photo via screen grab)

Data compiled by the New York Times shows Mississippi leading not only the United States, but the entire world when it comes to COVID cases per capita. 120 out of every 100,000 people in Mississippi have COVID-19 almost 3 times the national average.

The hottest spot in Mississippi is Neshoba County where 1 out of every 5 people is infected.

About 36% of Mississippi is fully vaccinated, according to Johns Hopkins compiled data as of August 19. Only Alabama has a smaller percentage of the population unvaccinated.

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves admitted in a press conference Thursday that most of the rise in COVID-19 cases is among the unvaccinated. Reeves encouraged people to talk with their doctor about getting a vaccine. The Governor went on to state that if you choose to remain unvaccinated you should take measures to protect others around you. That includes wearing masks, social distancing and avoiding large gatherings.

Both Reeves and State Medical Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs encouraged those who have tested positive to get monoclonal antibodies. The antibodies are a process that, if enacted early in the infection, have proven successful in lessening the symptoms and impact of COVID-19.

Dr. Dobbs announced a monoclonal antibodies hotline at 1-877-978-6453 for information on where you can go to get the antibodies.

Reeves concluded by saying, “I believe you, as an individual Mississippian can be trusted to make good and responsible decisions. Good practices are a choice. Staying healthy is a choice. Keeping your neighbors and your coworkers healthy is a choice. Let’s all make the right choices.”


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