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MSDH to reduce daily COVID-19 data, cites decline in COVID-19 activity

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Due to the recent decline in COVID-19 activity in the state, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is reducing the COVID-19 data it issues daily. These changes include fewer demographic charts and less frequent updates to a number of daily charts and reports.

It also reflects a change in emphasis on the agency’s COVID-19 surveillance from individual cases to COVID-19 trends in the state, communities, and congregate facilities such as nursing homes and jails.

According to State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers, “We are moving to a broader and sustainable surveillance system and data reports.”

MSDH will continue to provide newly reported COVID-19 cases and associated deaths, current COVID-19 hospitalizations, and the number of COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care settings Monday through Friday.

Details of data reporting changes:

  • MSDH will provide weekly updates of county level cases and deaths and county snapshots, COVID-19 vaccination reports and data, cases, and deaths by age group by week, COVID-19 testing activity by week, and will provide social media posts of COVID-19 updates weekly.
  • MSDH will provide monthly updates of overall deaths by cause, (Mississippi Provisional Death Counts), and pediatric MIS-C cases (more frequently as needed).
  • MSDH will discontinue publishing weekly lab testing numbers, some redundant demographic charts of sex, race and ethnicity, COVID-19 associated deaths by underlying condition, cumulative cases and deaths by county, two-week incidence maps, tables and rankings, hospital bed availability interactive map and estimated recoveries by week.

MSDH will increase the frequency and type of COVID-19 reporting as needed if Mississippi returns to higher rates of COVID-19.

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