The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting 2,050 new cases of COVID-19.
Today’s report—the second straight day over 2,000 new cases—brings the state’s total up to 261,167. With the confirmation of *45 additional deaths, 5,713 Mississippians have now passed away from the virus.
*MSDH Note: 18 COVID-19 related deaths occurred between December 18, 2020, and January 17, 2021, identified from death certificate reports.
In the latest data from the MSDH, overall hospitalizations remain below 1,200.
To date, Mississippi has administered 165,875 doses of the vaccine. Thursday, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs preached patience with the rollout as over 1.3 million Mississippians are eligible (those 65+ and those with underlying health conditions). At this time, the state only receives around 37,000 doses a week.