Mississippi’s Covid

The news tells me about the Covid resurgence in Nevada, California, New York, etc so I thought I would let my readers know what is happening in my state of Mississippi….

Vaccinated…..my county of Harrison is at 29% (since we have a high population of old farts I would have thought it would be higher)….no county is over 45% and most of them are in the North of the state.

We have a Repube governor and he is doing his part to try and make it a disastrous Summer….

Back to school approaches and Tater Twat Reeves has issued his edict….

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves apparently does not plan to require unvaccinated students and staff to wear face masks when school starts up for the new school year to avoid further spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

WLBT-TV reported Monday that Reeves’ press secretary said the governor has “no intention of requiring students or staff to wear masks when they’re in school this Fall.”

The reported statement seems to contradict the state’s own health officials and last week’s new guidance by the Centers for Disease Control which indicated unvaccinated students should continue social distancing and wear face masks when indoors.

Report: Tate Reeves has ‘no intention’ of requiring unvaccinated students wear masks in fall

More news about the pandemic….

With a surge in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant in Mississippi, health officials are encouraging people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

In a tweet on Tuesday, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said there are seven children in the ICU due to the Delta variant. Two of the children are on life support. A previous tweeted from Dobbs said 12 children were in the ICU, and 10 were on life support. He said a hospital corrected its report to the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH).

According to Dobbs, a majority of the COVID-19 cases in Mississippi are the Delta variant. He said a “vast majority” of the cases, hospitalizations and deaths are of people who have not been vaccinated.

On Tuesday, MSDH reported 219 new coronavirus cases and 10 additional deaths across the state.

Two children on life support in Mississippi as Delta variant cases surge

Will Mississippi schools be in session in August?

The latest surge of COVID-19 cases in Mississippi, caused by the Delta variant, is also hitting the state’s younger population, increasing concerns over the return to schools next month. 

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs tweeted Tuesday that 7 minors have been hospitalized due to Delta infections in Mississippi, and 2 of them are now on ventilators. The earlier strains of COVID-19 were much less transmissible and did not infect children to the extent seen with the Delta variant.

Over the past three weeks, the number of confirmed Delta cases in Mississippi has increased nearly sevenfold, up from 29 to 231. Those 231 cases only represent a small surveillance sample though, so it is undoubtedly only a small fraction of the Delta infections in the state.

During an interview on SuperTalk Radio’s Gallo Show on Monday, Dobbs predicted that infections in younger people will cause a large wave of infections and negatively impact school district plans to reopen fully with in-person instruction. 

“It’s going to be disruptive,” Dobbs said. “I think Delta’s going to take its toll on having a successful, vibrant school year because kids are going to have to be quarantined, they’re going to have to be isolated. We’re going to have outbreaks and all that kind of stuff.”

What those outbreaks look like will be dependent on virus circulation in a school district’s surrounding community and individual districts’ policies on mask wearing and social distancing, since no requirements will be coming at the state level. 

“Governor Reeves has no intention of requiring students or staff to wear masks when they’re in school this Fall,” Reeves’ press secretary, Bailey Martin, said in an email to WLBT this week.

https://mississippitoday.org/2021/07/13/covid-infections-children-back-to-school-plans/

Any deaths will fall squarely on the shoulders of Tater Twat Reeves (his real name is Tate Reeves).

The near future is not looking good…..all we can do is protect yourself and your family for no one else cares enough to assist.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

The Delta Flyer

Nope not some post about some fictional space ship from Star Trek:  Voyager….rather the newest variant of the Covid-19 which is sweeping the planet as I type.

We are told all about the lethality of this variant….but what is the rest of the story…..

Luckily I am here to help……

COVID cases in the US and around the world are rising again, thanks largely to the fast-spreading delta variant. But in the New York Times, David Leonhardt offers up a counterpoint to the doom-and-gloom coverage. While delta is indeed more contagious than previous variants, preliminary data suggest it doesn’t cause more severe cases. Its threat might be summed up in a quote from Dr. Rebecca Wurtz of the University of Minnesota. “As far as anyone can tell, delta isn’t more dangerous in the sense that it causes worse disease,” she says. “It’s a sneaky opportunist, not a mayhem man.” Related coverage:

  • Numbers: The piece notes that England provides an example. Delta has been in wide circulation for a couple of months, leading to a spike in cases. However, the rates of hospitalization and deaths aren’t rising. All this could change, but until then, Leonhardt cautions against sloppy news reports that equate contagiousness with severity.
  • Breakthrough cases: A story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal illustrates delta’s ability to spread. Eleven staffers of Sunrise Hospital contracted COVID after attending a party last month, and at least 10 got the delta variant. Eight of the staffers had been fully vaccinated, and two others had received one of two doses. However, underscoring the point made by Leonhardt, none of them required hospitalization, per the Guardian, and all have recovered.
  • Another: Entertainment reporter Catt Sadler says she also contracted the delta variant despite being fully vaccinated. The 46-year-old thought she’d be safe while caring for a person who came down with COVID, per People. “Delta is relentless,” she says on Instagram. She’s been recuperating at home while suffering fever, headaches, and fatigue.
  • The speed: Stats at ABC News show how fast delta is spreading in the US. The variant accounted for 58% of new cases from June 20 through July 3, up from 31% two weeks earlier, according to the CDC. In late May, the figure was 3%.
  • States: CNN reports that 46 states are reporting case rates at least 10% higher than the previous week. In 31 states, the percentage increase was at least 50%. And the situation is worst where vaccination rates are low. Missouri, for example, has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the nation, along with one of the worst delta outbreaks.

Be Well……Be Safe…..

As always,

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”