According to TDH, seven specimens were sent to the CDC for analysis and two were confirmed to be the B117 variant. TDH previously reported five confirmed cases but provided updated information a short time later.
While Mississippi’s COVID-19 vaccine supply dries up for those seeking new appointments, tens of thousands of doses sit unused for the state’s residents who live in long-term care facilities because of ill-equipped national pharmacy chains at the helm.
As health officials wait to see whether Mississippi’s Christmas gatherings will push coronavirus cases even higher, Tuesday’s record number of reported COVID-19 deaths bring the state even closer to an unfortunate milestone: 1,000 deaths in one month.
With Tuesday’s 79 reported coronavirus deaths reaching an all-time high, state health leaders aim to prevent COVID-19 transmission as best they can through the traditional ways -- masks, social distancing -- while waiting on enough vaccine doses to defeat the virus outright.
Since the pandemic started, more people are landing in the Emergency Room experiencing Broken Heart Syndrome. A closer look at why a local doctor believes this is happening and what can be done about it.
The state’s largest hospital said it has a total of 700 beds and 765 patients. In the Intensive Care Unit, all 92 beds are full, 18 of which have COVID-19 patients. There are 65 additional COVID-19 patients outside the ICU, UMMC says.