JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The total number of coronavirus cases in Mississippi has surpassed 200,000.
The milestone comes before the Christmas holiday when health officials say they expect a spike in cases.
State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs is pleading with residents to adhere to guidelines around masks and social distancing.
One holiday-related event in the state has already caused an outbreak.
The Sun Herald reported that at least 10 people on the Mississippi coast have tested positive after a week of events tied to the Biloxi Yacht Club.
Events held at the yacht club included a ball and a meeting with Santa held for families.