TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - A Tupelo health care worker said she's seen a tremendous drop in positive coronavirus cases at a local clinic.
But other places across the nation are experiencing the opposite - prompting a plea from the CDC’s top official.
Mississippi was one of the first states to lift all restrictions on March 3. Since then, Mississippi hasn’t seen a tremendous rebound in cases.
But some other states have not been as fortunate. National health leaders continue to urge Americans to use caution.
“I took this COVID thing seriously," Samuel Amos said. "It scared me to death; it really did. And almost having a near positive test myself, I'm just not going to take no chance on it, no kind of way.”
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky pleaded with Americans on Monday to continue to take precautions like wearing face coverings and social distancing. She also urged state leaders to re-think re-opening plans.
“I so badly want to be done; I know you all so badly want to be done,” Walensky pleaded. “We are just almost there, but not quite yet.”
Her plea came after several states have recently experienced a rise in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. Some places in Mississippi; however, are seemingly on a downward trend when it comes to the coronavirus.
“It has gone down drastically,” Lindsay Edmondson, a nurse practitioner at Tupelo’s MedPlus said. “We were seeing 30 positives a day out of 100, 150 patients. Now I’ve seen two or three in the past three days total.”
Edmondson still encourages the public to follow safety measures.
So far, more than 1.2 million vaccine doses have been administered in Mississippi. More than 450,000 people have been fully vaccinated.