TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - North Mississippi Health Services Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jeremy Blanchard is asking the public to encourage their friends and family to get the vaccine.
He’s concerned the delta variant could lead to a spike in coronavirus cases and put pressure on hospitals again.
As of July 6, the state health department has reported 137 cases of the delta variant.
On Monday, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said most new cases in Mississippi are the delta variant. The vast majority of cases, hospitalizations and deaths are among the unvaccinated.
Seven percent of deaths are among those who have been vaccinated, Dobbs added. Mississippians are allowing too much circulation of the variant to reach those most vulnerable to the virus.
Pretty much ALL cases in MS are Delta variant right now.
Vast majority of cases/hospitalizations/deaths UNVACCINATED
7% of deaths in vaccinated worrisome - we are allowing too much circulating Delta to reach our most vulnerable pic.twitter.com/h6QqICwhyX
— thomas dobbs (@TCBPubHealth) July 12, 2021
Blanchard spoke with WTVA reporter Wayne Hereford about the variant on Monday.
Watch the interview in the video above.