MSDH reports 6,535 new cases of COVID-19

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On Thursday, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reported 6,535 more cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi.

The latest report brings the state’s total number of cases to 712,133. With the confirmation of 32 additional deaths, 10,806 Mississippians have passed away from the virus. Also according to the report, there are 303 ongoing outbreaks in long-term care facilities.

In a video released by Dr. Thomas Dobbs on Wednesday, the state’s leading health expert said Mississippi ICUs currently have negative beds.

“We continue to see very severe stresses on our ICU spaces,” Dobbs explained. “We are at negative bed capacity at present in the state of Mississippi.”

Dobbs also continued to encourage Mississippians to get a booster dose. While more than 50 percent of residents are fully vaccinated, only 35 percent of those eligible have received a booster.

“Please know that boosters are really necessary to combat Omicron. We know from recent data that a booster is about 90 percent effective in preventing hospitalizations in Omicron,” he said.

The entire video update from Dobbs can be watched below. To view Wednesday’s full MSDH report, click here.

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