Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center continued to see a slow trend down in COVID-19 hospitalizations over the weekend due to some recoveries, but that positive development has been overshadowed by more deaths.
“The delta variant has claimed the lives of far too many of our community members,” Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kevin Richardson said. “Over the last 15 days, we have had nine patients die from COVID-19.
“Mississippi currently has the highest COVID mortality rate in the country, and one of the highest rates per capita in the world. Vaccines are widely available, safe and the most reliable way to end this nightmare.”
The hospital had 25 coronavirus patients as of Monday afternoon, 15 of whom were critically ill. There were 10 patients on ventilators and none were vaccinated. Richardson did not say how many of the 25 patients had been vaccinated.
The state saw 1,669 new cases Tuesday with 61 deaths, for a total of 477,769 known cases. This means that about 16% of the state’s population has been infected since the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020.
The state has also seen a total of 9,331 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
Pike County’s fully vaccinated population remained at 39% as of Friday, with 46% of the population taking its first dose.
All other surrounding counties’ vaccination rates remained the same as well through the weekend. Amite County reported 30%, Franklin County had 39%, Lawrence County remained at 46%, Lincoln County stayed at 32% and Walthall County reported 32% as well.
Wilkinson County remained at 47%, the highest overall vaccinated population in Southwest Mississippi.
The state has a total vaccinated population of 42.1%, with 49.3% having taken the first dose of the vaccine. Mississippi now leads the pack in the bottom five states in vaccination rates, behind Alabama at 41.4%, Idaho at 40.8%, Wyoming at 40.6% and West Virginia at 40.2%.
Mississippi’s vaccination percentage was just behind North Dakota’s, which stood at 43.4% while the state’s neighbors — excluding Alabama — were a few percentage points higher — Tennessee at 44.1%, Louisiana at 44.5% and Arkansas at 44.7%.