This is the recent release from the Mississippi State Department of Health:
Mississippi COVID-19 Update
February 19, 2021
Vaccination site closures: Many of our drive-through COVID-19 vaccination sites are closed today due to weather conditions. Canceled appointments will automatically be rescheduled for the same time on an alternate day. For a list of today’s closed and open vaccination sites, see Closures and Delays for Friday, February 19
Eligibility: Adults 65 and over, and those ages 18-64 with certain chronic health conditions are now eligible for vaccination in addition to healthcare personnel and EMTs/paramedics. Vaccinations are provided to Mississippi residents or to out-of-state residents who work in Mississippi.
Positive test results reported to MSDH as of 3 p.m. yesterday. Tests may have been made during the past week, and represent individuals who became ill a week ago or more. Repeated tests for the same individual are counted only once.
NOTE: Case reporting to MSDH is likely to have been affected by recent weather.
COVID-19 related deaths reported to MSDH from hospitals, medical examiners and coroners.
All of these deaths occurred between February 11 and February 17.
Long-Term Care Facilities
New LTC facility cases: 1
New LTC facility deaths: 0
New cases and deaths, included in the total counts above, among residents of long-term care facilities.
Active outbreaks: 105
An outbreak is considered any confirmed COVID-19 case among LTC residents, or more than one case in a 14-day period among staff or employees of a facility.
Mississippi hospital bed usage:
Patients currently hospitalized for confirmed COVID-19: 527
Patients currently in intensive care for confirmed COVID-19: 152
Totals of all Mississippi COVID-19 cases and deaths since February 2020.
Total COVID-19 cases: 289,892
Total COVID-19 related deaths: 6,534
Cases by Date of Illness
This chart tracks COVID-19 cases according to the date the person first became ill, rather than the date of test results. It’s the standard way of following the course of a disease in a population. The black average line helps identify upward or downward trending. (In the few cases where date of illness has not yet been determined, testing date is used.) Since we are still receiving reports of illnesses that began up to two weeks ago, expect the more recent dates on this chart to change.
Deaths by Date of Occurrence
What You Can Do
Be tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms or believe you may have been exposed. See our guide to local testing providers and free testing at http://HealthyMS.com/covid19test
Keep groups sizes small and avoid large gatherings, especially indoors. Many cases are now being spread through gatherings in homes without safety precautions.
Social distancing is still critical to stop the spread of COVID-19. Keep plenty of distance between yourself and others.
Wearing a mask or face covering can sharply reduce the risk of passing COVID-19 on to others. Wearing a mask is strong recommended whenever you are in public places with others around you.
Most people spreading COVID-19 do not know they are infected.
Remind others that precautions remain essential, and set an example by your actions.