State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs announced an upcoming new COVID-19 guidance which will be discussed Friday afternoon.
Dobbs, along with State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers and Senior Deputy and Director of Health Protection Jim Craig have scheduled a meeting to discuss the matter which will take place at 2:30 p.m. Friday.
Dobbs stated in a post on Twitter that the low vaccination rate is a risk to everyone and numerous outbreaks at various gatherings are being seen.
Our low vaccination rate is putting everyone at risk…
We are seeing numerous outbreaks at mass gatherings: camps, schools, faith-based, funerals, social gatherings.
Expect new Public Health guidance from MSDH today https://t.co/UvnZvJCDYc
— thomas dobbs (@TCBPubHealth) July 9, 2021
The tweet references the Delta Variant which has become the state’s dominate strain and a cause for concern.
On July 7, 427 new COVID-19 cases were reported by the Mississippi State Department of Health, which is a one-day high since March 13.
COVID cases are on the rise again w/ Delta variant now being dominant. MS ranks last in vaccinations. If you haven’t gotten your vaccine, here are the locations for Forrest Cty. Plenty appts available. Let’s not go back to 2020. pic.twitter.com/58q9U6ZyS1
— Missy McGee (@MissyWMcGee) July 9, 2021
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