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MSDH reports 1,227 new COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths

The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting 1,227 new cases of COVID-19. 

Today’s report—which follows higher weekend totals (3,203 cases on Saturday and 2,214 on Sunday—brings the state’s total up to 240,309. With the confirmation of 19 additional deaths, 5,186 Mississippians have now passed away from the virus. 

*MSDH Note: 7 COVID-19 related deaths occurred between December 25, 2020 and January 3, 2021, identified from death certificate reports.

Hospital data has not yet been updated in today’s report. 

Last week, COVID-19 vaccination appointments were opened up to those 75 and older in Mississippi at the MSDH’s 18 drive-thru vaccination sites and a list of private clinics. In an effort to increase the rollout of the vaccine, the number of sites is expected to increase in the coming days. 

With the winter weather that arrived Sunday night, the following sites have delayed operations until 11 a.m. – Desoto, Lafayette, Lauderdale, Lee, Neshoba, and Rankin. The clinic in Leflore is canceled. Make-up clinics will be conducted on Saturday in these locations.

According to State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs, a “significant” number of vaccine appointments remain open this week in Forrest, Jones, Jackson, Lafayette, Lauderdale, Lowndes, Neshoba, Pike, Washington. 

For information on how to set up an appointment – visit http://covidvaccine.umc.edu or call 877-978-6453. 

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