JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - There is some good news concerning the pandemic in Mississippi but more action is needed.
State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said experts are seeing an ongoing decline in the number of new cases and hospitalizations.
He noted that 1.5 million Mississippians have received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine. The number of Black Mississippians vaccinated is well above the national average, he added.
State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said booster shots are now available at county health departments for those eligible.
But even with all the positive news, continued action is needed.
“This ‘we’re going to lose anyway’ mentality that we’re playing now drives me bonkers,” Dobbs said. “How many people have died in Vermont? 250 the whole pandemic. How many people have died in Mississippi? We’re going up to 10,000. There are two roads you can take, right? Let’s do a little Robert Frost. Let’s take the non-death road, right?”
He’s referring to Frost’s famous poem “The Road Not Taken.”
Dobbs said the state still has ample supplies of the monoclonal antibody treatment. So if you get Covid and need the treatment, he asks you to please consider using it.