The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 6,912 new COVID-19 cases for the three-day period August 6 through August 8. This brings the statewide total to 365,061 cases and 7,649 lives lost.
The most recent report shows that 1,242 Mississippians are currently hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 infections, 321 are in intensive care units and 170 are on ventilators.
State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs says that 97% of all new cases are occurring in individuals who have not been vaccinated.
MSDH recommends the following steps to control the spread of COVID-19:
- Get a COVID-19 vaccination if you are eligible.
- Wear a mask in all indoor public settings, even if you are vaccinated.
- If you test positive for COVID-19, even if fully vaccinated, you should isolate for at least 10 days from the beginning of your symptoms (or from your test date if you have no symptoms. )
- If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should get tested 3-5 days following exposure. If you are not fully vaccinated, you should quarantine for at least 10 days after exposure (fully vaccinated persons do not have to quarantine after exposure, but should get tested).
- If you are 65 years of age or older, you should avoid all indoor mass gatherings, even if you have been vaccinated.
- If you have a chronic medical condition, you should avoid all indoor mass gatherings, even if you have been vaccinated.