The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 4,991 new cases of COVID-19 since last Friday, as well as 13 deaths. This brings state totals to 348,496 confirmed cases and 7,556 deaths.
In the past week, Warren County has seen 163 new confirmed cases and one death. The previous week, 28 cases were reported. This increase in transmission of 135 cases week over week speaks to the highly infectious nature of the delta variant.
Our neighbors in Louisiana are experiencing some of the highest case loads in the nation. Governor John Bel Edwards announced Monday that he is enacting a statewide mask mandate for everyone over the age of 5, due to concerns that hospitals will not be able to keep up with demand.
Today, I am reinstating Louisiana’s statewide mask mandate indoors for all people ages 5 & up as COVID-19 cases & hospitalizations continue to rise across Louisiana, threatening the ability of hospitals to deliver care. #lagov pic.twitter.com/bFrI4y6MxT
— John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) August 2, 2021