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Yalobusha County hit the four-digit mark with 1,038 confirmed coronavirus cases, an increase of 71 cases during the last week according to statistics released by the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) on Monday.
The state agency also reported two new Covid-related deaths in the county, bringing the number to 33 since March. Twenty-two of the deaths have occurred in the long-term care facility and 11 in the general population.
MSDH reported 20,033 healthcare workers in the state received vaccinations by Dec. 31. This number includes 44 people in Yalobusha County. Heathcare workers include nurses, physicians, emergency medical services, technicians, pharmacists, dietary and food staff, environmental services staff and others.
On Monday Governor Tate Reeves announced a decision to allow vulnerable Mississippi to have access to the Covid-19 vaccine sooner than expected. Starting next week in Mississippi, Reeves reported individuals 75 and older will have availability to the vaccine. The following week, Mississippians 65 and older will have the next available access.
“The most important task that we have is getting the vaccine out to the public. That is our only way out of all this,” Reeves reported. “I still believe everyone should continue to take social distancing seriously.”
Details about how the vaccine will be distributed were not included in Reeves’ press release.