Mississippi State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said Tuesday the state has set a new record on Covid-19 related deaths.
Byers said there are currently 3,291 new cases of Covid-19 in the state with 111 new deaths.
“This is the highest total of deaths we’ve had so far to date during the pandemic,” he said noting the previous high was in January during the winter surge.
About 87% of new deaths are among the unvaccinated, and more than 50% are over the age of 65, according to Byers.
“We are still seeing an impact in our older individuals,” Byers said adding that vaccinations have been a highly effective tool in protecting against the virus and serious or deadly infections.
Byers said there are 1,655 people hospitalized with the virus, which is higher than the previous day. Byers said, “when you look at the trends over time it looks like we are leveling off in the number of hospitalizations.”
Gov. Tate Reeves told reporters there are 465 patients in ICUs with the virus. Reeves said this week is the sixth week in a row the state has seen a week-over-week increases in vaccination but stated he had no intention of mandating them.