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  • Celeste Smith

Concerns Surrounding A Possible Increase Of COVID-19 Cases In The Fall

Positive case numbers were announced on Governor Tate Reeves' Facebook Live on Thursday, June 18, and the case numbers were not updated on the Mississippi State Department of Health’s website until this morning.

During Governor Tate Reeves' update on COVID-19 in Mississippi, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs announced that as of Thursday, June 18, 381 new positive cases of the coronavirus have been reported, bringing the state’s total number of positive cases to 21,022.

That morning, the Mississippi State Department of Health tweeted that an update would be delayed until that afternoon due to some data processing delays.

But numbers were not officially updated on the MSDH website until Friday morning, and the website now has a statement at the beginning of the COVID-19 case reports notifying that daily reporting will be limited as they work to resolve ongoing technical problems.

Despite COVID-19 case numbers not being updated on the MSDH website on a consistent daily basis, the number of COVID-19 cases within the state continue to spike and there are concerns of the cases continuing to drastically increase in the fall.

“The summer’s been worse than we had anticipated in large measure, because the anticipated adherence with social distancing has been overwhelmingly disappointing and that’s certainly driving community transmission and instead of decreasing through the summer and giving us a chance to regroup and build up, we’re having to chase down a lot more stuff than we had anticipated. So, yeah --we’re really, really, worried about it. Now we do have a lot of efforts going, to try to prepare for a surge of cases in the fall, which seems quite likely”, said Dr. Thomas Dodd.

The Mississippi State Department of Health’s Website provides information on community prevention and has an individual break down on the number of positive cases in each county in the state.

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