Tuesday, the Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting a record number of deaths in Mississippi and Warren County.
MSDH reported 79 deaths in Mississippi and five in Warren County. The previous one-day record number of deaths in the state was 67 reported Aug. 25. In Warren County, deaths have never exceeded two in any one day.
“These are people who didn’t have to die,” said State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs during a news conference Tuesday morning, “and if we did a little bit better, if we were collectively more thoughtful about making sure we didn’t spread COVID, these folks would be alive.”
Dobbs then went on to provide a sample of a few of the people who died Monday.
“84-year-old white male, 76-year-old white female, 67-year-old black female, 51-year-old white male, 66-year-old black female, 62-year-old white female, 38-year-old black female, 56-year-old white male, 52-year-old black male and an 87-year-old black female,” he said.
Mississippi has reported 683 deaths in December, and the state is on track to see nearly 1,000 deaths this month. In August, the deadliest month to date for the virus, Mississippi reported 810 deaths. Total deaths to date in Mississippi is 4,490.
“It really was predicted,” State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said, given the huge surge in new cases and hospitalizations.
The Vicksburg Daily News will provide a complete COVID-19 update as soon as possible.