On Tuesday, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reported 4,249 cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi.
The latest report brings the state’s total number of cases to 731,667. With the confirmation of 109 additional deaths, 11,044 Mississippians have passed away from the virus. One of the deaths reported was a child aged younger than five. It marks the 11th pediatric death Mississippi has seen since the onset of the pandemic.
Today MSDH reports an additional pediatric COVID-19 death in a child between 1 and 5 years of age. This brings Mississippi’s total of pediatric COVID-19 deaths to 11 since the pandemic began. Children 5 years and up can receive vaccination: https://t.co/eb4eldCbZI pic.twitter.com/ey0mQ85Xew
— MS Dept of Health (@msdh) February 1, 2022
While Tuesday’s report seems to be a decrease in comparison to recent weeks, Dr. Mark Horne of the Mississippi State Medical Association says that hospital settings still reflect those of the Delta peak.
“As an absolute number, we’re right there with Delta—slightly below but right there,” he said. “As a percentage, it’s lower. There’s just so many more cases of Omicron than there were of Delta that what you lack in percentages, you make up for it with the volume of cases.”
As of Monday, 1,386 people were hospitalized with a confirmed COVID-19 infection. Total hospitalizations peaked at 1,667 during the Delta wave.
To view the full MSDH report from Tuesday, click here.