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State Health Officer alerts residents to avoid all gatherings, including sporting events and church services

As the State of Mississippi sees the highest one day total since the COVID-19 pandemic started, the MSDH and the state’s top health officer advises all residents to avoid social gatherings, including sporting events.

Today MSDH is reporting 2,457 more cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, 15 deaths, and 199 ongoing outbreaks in long-term care facilities. The total of #covid19 cases for the year is now 156,868, with 3,851 deaths. Case details and prevention guidance at

From Dr. Dobbs:

Dear Colleagues,
Due to the rapidly rising burden of COVID-19 cases, excessive hospitalizations and the high risk
of COVID-19 infection in the community, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH)
is issuing the following Public Health Guidance.

All residents of Mississippi should avoid any social gathering that includes individuals
outside of the nuclear family or household. MSDH recommends that Mississippians only
participate in work, school or other absolutely essential activities.

MSDH recommends that all Mississippians protect themselves and their families by avoiding
public or social gatherings such as the following:

• Social events or parties
• Family gatherings outside of the household or nuclear family
• Weddings
• Funerals (other than close family and preferably outdoors)
• Sporting events
• In-person church services

Thomas Dobbs, MD, MPH
State Health Officer

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