7-day takeaway: Mississippi reports 3,709 COVID-19 cases, 129 related deaths in a week – Jackson Clarion Ledger

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Pfizer files for emergency use of COVID vaccine for kids 5-11

Pfizer files for emergency use of COVID vaccine for kids 5-11


Each week, COVID-19 data looks different. 

The Clarion Ledger regularly publishes the number of Mississippi COVID-19 cases, deaths, vaccinations and other relevant pandemic health news in efforts to keep residents informed. Here are the findings from state officials from Oct. 8-14.

COVID-19 case counts and related deaths are pulled from the Mississippi State Department of Health.

Last week: Mississippi COVID-19 cases drop 25%, deaths decline in the past week

Halloween a ‘safe’ go

While some children may be finicky about mask-wearing, Halloween is prime time to dawn a face mask to keep in costume. And this year, experts are giving Halloween a go.

From the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, to State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs, to Mississippi parents, Halloween has been deemed a safe event as long as mask-wearing, social distancing and hand sanitizer are involved.

“I think most trick-or-treating sort of stuff is pretty safe,” Dobbs said Friday. “Just keeping it small or keeping it outdoors is going to be the thing to do.” 

Trick-or-treating is safe for families making excursions out to collect sweet treats if they maintain hand sanitizer use, stay outdoors and remain behind masks, according to Mississippi State Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.

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Pfizer vaccine under consideration for use in children 5-11

As COVID-19 cases decrease in Mississippi, the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will consider whether to approve the Pfizer vaccine for use among children aged 5-11.

Pfizer and BioNTech recently asked federal regulators to authorize emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine for the age group. A study of 2,268 participants aged 5-11 indicated the children had the same immune response to the vaccine as teenagers and young adults. On Oct. 26, an independent panel will review the data.

Coronavirus cases in Mississippi

Within the week, 3,709 COVID-19 cases were recorded, down 2,095 or 30% less from the previous week. 

COVID-19 deaths in Mississippi 

There were 129 coronavirus-related deaths reported from Oct. 8-14. The rate is down 178 deaths from the previous week.

Vaccinations in Mississippi

The state has administered around 2.9 million doses as of Thursday. The state reports a fully vaccinated rate of 42%, which is behind the nation’s average of 56.6%

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School outbreaks

Of 547 schools reporting from 62 of Mississippi’s 82 counties, there were 439 new COVID-19 cases in Mississippi students statewide from Oct. 4-8, according to the health department’s Tuesday report. The department noted in its report the data were impacted by fall break.

Nearly 80 teachers and staff tested positive for the virus. Over 2,800 students, staff and teachers were quarantined due to possible exposure to COVID-19. 

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