JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Mississippi set a new record for daily COVID-19 cases on Thursday.
The State Department of Health reported 3,255 new cases, the highest number of daily cases since the pandemic began in March.
Doctors say that when the number of cases rises, the number of hospitalizations rise as well. There are currently 1,369 COVID-19 patients in state hospitals. 337 of those patients are in the intensive care unit.
Health leaders were expecting a rise in the number of cases and deaths after the holidays.
Earlier this week, State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs announced the vaccine is available to all Mississippians 75 years old and older. Frontline health care workers were the first to receive the vaccine in the state.
A majority of the state remains under a mask mandate. All but four counties are not included in the executive order, which is expected to expire next Friday.
Health officials are still asking Mississippians to avoid social gatherings and to continue wearing masks.