Mississippi’s top doc says more contagious COVID-19 Delta variant on rise in Mississippi

Published 10:31 pm Thursday, June 24, 2021

Mississippi’s top health official urged Mississippians to get vaccinated Thursday as he reported cases of the much more contagious variant of the COVID-19 coronavirus were “increasing rapidly.”

Dr. Thomas Dobbs, Mississippi’s health officer and leader of the Mississippi State Department of Health, made the comment in a social media post as he shared an article about the Delta variant running rampant in Missouri.

“Let’s pay attention to Missouri,” Dobbs wrote. “Delta variant increasing rapidly in MS.”

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The state reported that 29 cases of the Delta variant, first found in India, have been found in Mississippi.

“I predict (the Delta variant) will be our dominant strain in 1-3 weeks,” Dobbs said.