Dobbs and Byers on coronavirus deaths and holidays

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said the holidays are prime times for the coronavirus to spread. He is asking people to please be careful.

Posted: Dec 22, 2020 7:58 PM

STATEWIDE, Miss. (WTVA) — In a Zoom conference on Tuesday (12-22-20), State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs and State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers talked about several topics, two of which were coronavirus deaths and vaccines.

Coronavirus deaths are still increasing across the state of Mississippi.

“These are astounding numbers,” Byers said.

In a 2-week period that ended on December 17, Byers said the Department of Health reported 313 coronavirus deaths. The 2-week period before that one had 299, an increase of 14.

Dobbs said the holidays are prime times for the coronavirus to spread. He said hospitals are exceeding their average daily ICU use and daily ventilator use – and this is before the holiday season.

He advised that for holiday celebrations, people should stay with their immediate family. He also advised church services right now should be virtual, especially for people over 65.

Another thing Dobbs is warning people about during Christmas is the “silent super-spreaders.” That’s the person at the dinner table who looks and feels just fine, but is actually spreading it to everyone around.

For the vaccine distribution plan, Dobbs explained right now, we are in Phase 1-A. This will last for several weeks, and is involving people such as health care workers, and long-term care residents.

Dobbs explained they distributed 12,600 Pfizer doses to 5 major health systems. They are sending 60,000 Pfizer doses to residents and employees in long-term care settings.

The week of Christmas, he added the Moderna vaccine will go to all other hospitals in Mississippi for them to vaccinate over the next couple of weeks. Dobbs spoke highly of both vaccines.

“We are very excited to have access to a highly-effective, very safe vaccine, that could really push this COVID pandemic down on its knees,” Dobbs said.

Starting the beginning of January, Dobbs explained more Moderna vaccine will be available through health care workers through 18 health department drive-through clinics. He said they may make it more than that, that they’re still working on additional sites. Going into the Christmas holiday, Dobbs is asking people to be careful.

“Please be safe in the holidays, be thoughtful of others, and beware of the silent super-spreaders because we’re gonna see a lot of that, but there are things you can do to prevent it.”

Dobbs said this pandemic is proving the health care system is an exhaustible resource, and that we have essentially exhausted it. To help curve this trend, he is sincerely asking people to be safe over the next couple of weeks.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 268672

Reported Deaths: 5917
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto17928195
Hinds17030337
Harrison14510212
Rankin11315223
Jackson11054193
Lee9109147
Madison8663171
Jones6853120
Forrest6260125
Lauderdale6161196
Lowndes5582123
Lafayette5269101
Lamar508765
Washington4965125
Bolivar4164110
Oktibbeha411585
Panola389881
Pontotoc380460
Monroe3727111
Warren3716103
Marshall360172
Union360165
Pearl River3527106
Neshoba3516158
Leflore3132110
Lincoln308389
Hancock300963
Sunflower294277
Tate281862
Alcorn274055
Pike272984
Itawamba271263
Scott264055
Yazoo258456
Prentiss255454
Coahoma252455
Copiah251549
Tippah251551
Simpson244872
Leake238967
Marion228274
Covington224873
Grenada224673
Wayne216336
Adams216271
Winston208271
George206440
Newton201447
Attala197465
Tishomingo196361
Chickasaw190245
Jasper183138
Holmes172568
Clay168637
Tallahatchie158035
Stone153625
Clarke148762
Calhoun142022
Smith131926
Yalobusha124935
Walthall115438
Greene114929
Noxubee114526
Montgomery112936
Lawrence107917
Carroll106922
Perry105931
Amite102727
Webster98024
Claiborne90125
Tunica89621
Jefferson Davis89330
Benton86923
Humphreys85625
Kemper81220
Quitman7169
Franklin71017
Choctaw64013
Wilkinson60125
Jefferson57321
Sharkey45717
Issaquena1616
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 445909

Reported Deaths: 6896
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson651891049
Mobile32138590
Madison28596223
Tuscaloosa21703276
Montgomery20220336
Shelby19584138
Baldwin17496216
Lee13378109
Morgan12741145
Etowah12196189
Calhoun11626228
Marshall10513126
Houston9097168
Limestone842481
Cullman8363125
Elmore8283112
Lauderdale7986112
DeKalb7935112
St. Clair7915139
Talladega6552112
Walker6068184
Jackson605649
Colbert560194
Blount551794
Autauga544065
Coffee470569
Dale415186
Franklin378150
Russell362816
Chilton348079
Covington344681
Escambia342244
Tallapoosa3184109
Dallas314197
Chambers308575
Clarke307339
Pike267735
Lawrence256958
Marion255763
Winston235243
Bibb224751
Geneva214747
Marengo212031
Pickens201831
Barbour188240
Hale187444
Fayette181230
Butler175960
Cherokee167433
Henry161325
Monroe153521
Randolph148236
Washington144027
Clay131050
Crenshaw126245
Macon124337
Cleburne123627
Lamar121324
Lowndes117636
Wilcox109422
Bullock105829
Perry100518
Conecuh98222
Sumter90828
Greene78323
Coosa64619
Choctaw52224
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