JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) issued new public health recommendations on Wednesday in an attempt to quell the spread of the contagious delta variant of the coronavirus.
The MSDH recommends all Mississippians:
- Get a COVID-19 vaccination if you are eligible.
- MSDH recommends everyone (including those who are fully vaccinated) wear a
mask in public indoor settings.
- If you test positive for COVID-19, even if fully vaccinated, you should isolate for at least 10 days from the beginning of your symptoms or from your test date if you have no symptoms.
- If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should get tested 3-5 days following exposure. If you are not fully vaccinated, you should quarantine for at least 10 days after exposure (fully vaccinated persons do not have to quarantine after exposure, but should get tested).
- If you are 65 years of age or older, you should avoid all indoor mass gatherings, even if you have been vaccinated.
- If you have a chronic medical condition, you should avoid all indoor mass gatherings, even if you have been vaccinated.
According to the MSDH, the delta variant is the predominant strain in Mississippi and accounts for an estimated 93% of cases in the state.
The majority of cases, hospitalizations and deaths are among unvaccinated people, though there have been some infections, hospitalizations and deaths seen in fully vaccinated persons, per the MSDH.
Some fully vaccinated people who become infected may be contagious.
State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs ordered all hospitals to delay most elective surgeries.