For the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, today’s report from the Mississippi State Department of Health includes no new deaths.
Today’s report does include 249 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total number of cases up to 87,379. To date, 2,585 Mississippians have passed away from the virus.
The number of active outbreaks in Mississippi long-term care facilities has now dropped to 150 — down from 158 at the beginning of the month.
Hospitalization data and estimated recoveries have not yet been updated in today’s report. However, over the weekend, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs posted some encouraging news showing the effects of masks and social distancing.
Masks and Social Distancing have helped MS push COVID rates down – with earlier orders concentrating on counties with the highest numbers (and the majority of cases). Stay focused – we want to keep our state healthy and our kids in school.#MaskUpMS pic.twitter.com/3MVUOdm0Sn
— thomas dobbs (@TCBPubHealth) September 6, 2020
Additionally, Governor Tate Reeves explained that Mississippi’s ‘R-naught’ number (virus’ reproduction rate) is the lowest in the country.
Today, Mississippi has the lowest rate of Coronavirus reproduction in the country. It is because of your hard work and dedication. Thank you for what you are doing. pic.twitter.com/7gVLCehJgz
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) September 6, 2020