COVID-19 cases up by 21
Compiled By Steve Swogetinsky
The Kemper Messenger
The number of cases of COVID-19 in Kemper County has increased by 21 this past week, according to statistics provided by the Mississippi Department of Health website.
Kemper County has 861 reported cases as of Monday, an increase of 21. The county has 21 reported deaths, the same as last week.
The Meridian Wal-mart on the South Frontage Road was listed by the state Health Department as a site where you can receive the COVID-19 vaccination. As of Tuesday, it is one of selected Walmart locations around the state will be receiving COVID-19 vaccine. Make a vaccination appointment online at Flu Shots & Immunizations. This requires a free Walmart account that you can create at their website.
The rate of the number of new cases has gone down across the state in recent weeks. According to health department numbers, there were 7,913 new cases in Mississippi in the past week. That is 2,747 fewer new cases when compared to the pervious week. There have been 282,969 cases reported in Mississippi since March 2020, and 6,342 reported deaths, an increase of 286 since last week.
Vaccinations are in high demand, and appointments may not be available in in all areas. Appointments for second doses should be available.
Free COVID-19 vaccinations for Mississippians when available can be obtained at drive-through sites around the state and from some local healthcare providers.
Adults aged 65 and older can be vaccinated at any of our drive-through locations, or at some private healthcare providers.
Anyone 16 to 64 years old with a chronic health condition that may put them at higher risk from COVID-19. (18 or older at our drive-through sites.) Qualifying health conditions: cancer, Chronic kidney disease, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), Down Syndrome, heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies, immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant, obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but less than 40 kg/m2), Severe Obesity (BMI 40 kg/m2 or higher), Pregnancy, Sickle cell disease, Smoking, diabetes, or other medical conditions as determined by your medical provider
Note that your physician or medical provider may advise that you be vaccinated even if you do not have a health condition listed.
Vaccine supplies and vaccinations sites are expected to increase during February.
COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus that causes flu-like illness ranging from mild to severe, with symptoms of fever, coughing, fatigue and difficulty breathing. Like the flu, COVID-19 spreads person-to-person by close contact (within 6 feet) and by coughing or sneezing. COVID-19 may also spread by touching surfaces contaminated by the virus.
If you are feeling unwell, you are urged to go and get tested. A site is set up in DeKalb at the old health department on Monday and Wednesday.