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MSDH says it will provide updated COVID-19 statistics ‘this afternoon’



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Monday marks the fifth day the Mississippi State Department of Health has failed to provide updated COVID-19 statistics beyond a few bare-bones numbers.

The agency posted the last county-level statistics Wednesday, June 17, based on numbers reported the previous evening.

MSDH has been citing technical issues with its legacy system as the reason for the delay in reporting. Monday at 2 p.m., the website states, “Updated cases and deaths data will be published this afternoon. Collective totals for cases and deaths between June 17 and June 21 are being prepared along with updates to our data and trends charts.”

Thursday, June 18, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs provided updates to the statewide statistics during the governor’s live news conference. Those numbers were posted on the MSDH website the following day. Since then, the only updated numbers provided have been numbers of hospitalizations.

As of 6 p.m. Sunday, June 21, 485 Mississippians were hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19. Another 225 people were hospitalized with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 148 were critically ill and in intensive care units, and 95 were on ventilators.

The 485 hospitalizations shows a marked increase since the recent low of 358 June 6.

The Vicksburg Daily News will provide updated information as soon as possible.

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