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State Dept. of Health stresses need for COVID-19 Safeguards

According to the Mississippi State Department of Health, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are rising rapidly in the State as the Omicron variant spreads quickly. They urge Mississippians to wear masks indoors in public places to reduce the risk of transmission. And, as always, should you feel sick, get tested, talk to a doctor about appropriate treatment and remain at home if you test positive.

Holiday gatherings and indoor activities can be major contributors of COVID-19 transmission. Please keep gatherings few and small.

MSDH says that vaccination remains very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. They recommend that everyone aged 5 and older be fully vaccinated; those 18 and over should receive a booster at the appropriate time.

On December 28, MSDH reported an additional 2,698 cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi and 22 deaths. Seven of those deaths occurred between December 23 and December 26. An additional 15 deaths occurred between November 1 and December 22, identified from death certificate reports. Mississippi's total of COVID-19 cases as of December 28, 2021, is 535,258, with 10,420 deaths.

Find additional COVID-19 information and guidance on the MSDH website at

Vaccination against COVID-19 is free, safe and greatly reduces the risk of hospitalization and death. You can be vaccinated at any MSDH free site, or at hundreds of providers statewide. Find vaccination information and locate one near you at

If you are homebound, get help with COVID-19 vaccination by emailing, or call 877-978-6453.

Third vaccine doses and booster doses are available through county health departments for those who qualify. Additional information:

To host a local vaccination event at your business or organization, send a request to

To get help with a vaccination appointment, or any COVID-19 related questions, call the Mississippi COVID-19 Hotline at 877-978-6453 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

Monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatment for those with COVID-19 is available through providers statewide. See



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