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Fourth wave of COVID-19 causing ‘dangerous trend’

Published: Jul. 19, 2021 at 1:38 PM CDT
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BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, Mississippi’s vaccination numbers stay steady or go down. That’s been the case all over the state and here in South Mississippi.

At the Singing River Health System clinic on Cedar Lake Road, they say they’ve had more and more people come in either needing to get tested for COVID-19 or coming in with those symptoms.

“We are seeing an increase in COVID cases, and we are seeing a decrease in vaccinations. That’s a dangerous trend,” said Dr. Tana Cooper. “Those who aren’t vaccinated need to seriously consider getting vaccinated.”

It’s not all to blame on the delta variant, as only 23% of cases in Mississippi are linked to it. The alpha variant is still the leading cause of COVID-19 cases in the state at 69%. The spike could be attributed to lifted restrictions surrounding masks and social distancing as well as low vaccination rates, according to health officials.

Cooper also said to talk to your doctor if you have COVID-19 questions or need more information on vaccines.

“Please don’t go to the internet as a source,” Cooper added. “We need to continue to take precautions by wearing masks, washing our hands and social distancing. I think the summertime has gotten people together and that’s why we’re seeing such a spike.”

She said the best ways to combat the virus are the same now as they were when the pandemic began: social distancing, wearing a mask and washing your hands.

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