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Vaccinations reach 200,000, MSDH reports 2,074 new COVID cases

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The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting 2,074 new cases of COVID-19 as vaccine distributions across the state.

Today’s report brings the state’s total up to 268,672. With the confirmation of 65 additional deaths, 5,917 Mississippians have now passed away from the virus.

*MSDH Note: 36 COVID-19 related deaths occurred between November 13, 2020 and January 20, 2021, identified from death certificate reports.

The state has now surpassed 200,000 administered doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

To make an appointment, visit https://covidvaccine.umc.edu or call 877-978-6453. Currently, those over the age of 65 and those with underlying health conditions are eligible.

“It will be a great day when we can gather in stadiums, churches, restaurants and bars–shoulder to shoulder–without the quiet fear of COVID. When you can celebrate with strangers after a touchdown, sing loudly at a concert not muffled by a mask, and just live life without fear. True comradery. That day is coming. It’s coming sooner than we think. There is one more hurdle to that: the rapid distribution of the Coronavirus vaccine.

I reject the false narrative that is being pushed by some which says this is our new normal. That even after vaccination, we need to continue to hide away and live in perpetual isolation and fear. That’s just wrong.

This is it. This is our moment. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and Mississippi is sprinting towards it,” Governor Tate Reeves said during Monday’s ‘State of the State’ address.

Additionally, the latest data from the MSDH show overall hospitalizations continuing on a downward trend.

As of Monday, an estimated 222,812 Mississippians have recovered from COVID-19.

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