7-day takeaway: Coronavirus cases in Mississippi down by over 300 from last week
Each week, COVID-19 data looks different.
To quickly gauge how the state is doing amid the pandemic, the Clarion Ledger collected the number of cases, deaths, vaccinations and news Mississippians should know between May 28 to June 3.
All numbers are pulled from the Mississippi State Department of Health's public database. The news you should know comes from announcements and meetings of state officials within the week.
CDC: Summer camp guidelines
For Mississippians looking to get back to youth summer camps, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released updated guidelines for a safe return May 28. They note the guidance is meant to supplement, not replace, federal, state and local safety laws and regulations already existing.
- If everyone is fully vaccinated before camp begins, including the two-week wait after their last shot, campers and staff do not need wear masks or socially distance. As of now, children 12 and up can get vaccinated.
- For camps where not everyone is vaccinated, wearing masks, social distancing and avoiding crowded indoor spaces is still the CDC's protocol.
- Groups of children should stay together throughout the entirety of the camp's session. Mixing of those groups is not recommended by the CDC.
- Children and staff with weakened immune systems are encouraged to continue wearing a mask for protection.
Mississippi vaccinations lag
As of Thursday, the state had administered about 1.89 million shots. The state reports an overall COVID-19 vaccination rate of 28%, which is behind the nation's average of 41%.
For months, Mississippi health officials have vehemently backed the vaccination against COVID-19. During a May 28 meeting, State Epidemiologist Paul Byers said even if a person has already had the virus, vaccination is still a key step to building increased immunity.
Coronavirus cases in Mississippi decrease
Within the week, 772 COVID-19 cases were recorded, 337 down from the previous week.
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COVID-19-related deaths in Mississippi down
There were 21 coronavirus-related deaths, five less than last week.
Vaccine disparity gaps in Mississippi
Black people make up 38% of Mississippi's population. Total doses since the vaccine came into the state have gone to 35% of Black Mississippians.
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