COVID cases continue to rise


The number of COVID-19 cases reported in Kemper County by the Mississippi Department of Health increased by 66 in the past week.

 This the second week in a row the number of new cases was in the 60s.

Kemper County has 1,173 infections reports since March 2020. That has gone up from 1,107 in the past week. There has also been one additional death related to COVID-19 in the past week, moving the total of 31 people in Kemper County being taken by the dread disease.

Statewide, there have been 388,986 cases reported since last March 2020. That is an increase of 20,437 in the past week. The number of deaths stands at 7,813, an increase 128 deaths.

Mississippi is experiencing high levels of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations due to the delta variant. The delta variant is much more contagious, and spreads twice as easily compared to other strains. Outbreaks have been identified in youth camps, faith-based gatherings, funerals and social events

According to the health department, if you are fully vaccinated, you can participate in many of the activities that you did before the pandemic. To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.

Wearing a mask is most important if you have a weakened immune system or if, because of your age or an underlying medical condition, you are at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated. If this applies to you or your household, you might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission in your area.

You should continue to wear a mask where required by laws, rules, regulations, or local guidance.

If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, find a vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can do things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

These recommendations can help you make decisions about daily activities after you are fully vaccinated. They are not intended for healthcare settings.

The state’s intensive care beds have filled up since the recent outbreak. According to news reports, a second field hospital for treating COVID-19-infected patients has been staged in a University of Mississippi Medical Center garage as a last-ditch effort to bolster Mississippi's beleaguered health care systems.

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