The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting 665 new cases of COVID-19.
Today’s report — the second straight day under 700 — brings the state’s total number of cases up to 144,544. With the confirmation of *53 additional deaths, 3,729 Mississippians have now passed away from the virus.
*MSDH Note: 22 COVID-19 related deaths occurred between October 15 to November 18, identified from death certificate reports.
Overall hospitalizations have now risen above 900 for the first time since late August.
“I really hate that we’re having to have this conversation around Thanksgiving, because we have had such a hard year and we need a break and we want to be with our families,” State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said Monday. “But, if we think about how Thanksgiving works, we all get together with the ones that we love…We mix young folks with old folks, and that’s really going to be powder keg concern right there.”
As of Monday, an estimated 121,637 Mississippians have recovered from COVID-19.