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MSDH confirms four-day total of 22,456 new COVID-19 cases

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On Tuesday, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reported 22,456 more cases of COVID-19.

The four-day total, which covers January 14-17, brings the state’s total number of cases to 657,084. With the confirmation of 17 additional deaths, 10,642 Mississippians have passed away from the virus. According to MSDH, 84.5% of people who have died from COVID-19 were either partially vaccinated or not vaccinated at all.

While deaths are down, Dr. Thomas Dobbs recently stated that the state’s healthcare system is seeing a drastic increase in hospitalizations as the Omicron variant sets in.

“If we look at what’s going on with our cases and hospitalizations, although it does cause a less severe illness because of the remarkable number of cases we have, we are seeing massive increase in the number of new hospitalizations putting an increasing strain on our healthcare system and overloading our ICU systems,” he said.

As of Thursday, 1,365 people were hospitalized with COVID-19. Total hospitalizations peaked at 1,667 during the Delta wave.

To view the full MSDH report, click here.

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