Vaccines delayed due to weather

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Individuals scheduled to receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine this week had their appointments rescheduled as a result of the extreme winer weather, officials said. 

Neshoba County added 73 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and no new deaths over the past week, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Mississippi State Department of Health.

Neshoba County’s total confirmed COVID-19 cases now stands at 3,712, up from 3,639 last week, since the COVID-19 pandemic began last March. 

The county’s COVID-19 death toll stands at 165 unchanged from last week’s MSDH report.

Neshoba Central High School is the only school in Neshoba County to have reported any quarantined students with 11 students quarantined for the week of Feb. 2-5, the latest dates for which school reporting is available. No other Neshoba County schools had any students quarantined for the week of Feb. 2-5, according to the MSDH report.

As of Sunday, Neshoba County had 3,721 vaccinated for COVID-19 here, up 1,488 vaccinations from last week’s report of 2,233 total vaccinated in Neshoba County. The state says “people vaccinated in Neshoba County,” but they don’t say if they are residents.

The Democrat has numerous reports of residents from other counties coming here for the vaccination.

The state of Mississippi is currently giving COVID-19 immunizations for the following:

• All healthcare workers and EMT/paramedics

• Persons age 65 or older or those with pre-existing conditions.

Vaccinations are currently being administered in Neshoba County at the Coliseum, 12000 Mississippi 15 North, Philadelphia.

Sign up online at covidvaccine.umc.edu or call 1-877-978-6453. The website is the best option, officials have said.

Selected Walmart pharmacies and local clinics and hospitals are now offering a limited number of COVID-19 vaccinations. Go to https://msdh.ms.gov/c19appointment#local to check availability. 

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians reported 13 new COVID-19 cases in the past week for a total of 1,783 positive cases, up from 1,770 in last week’s report.

The Tribe reported one new death from COVID-19 in the past week for a total of 106 deaths from the virus, with four current hospitalizations. 

Some Tribal deaths may also be included in the Neshoba death total, but officials make no distinction.

Much of Mississippi, including Neshoba County, remains under a mask mandate and social distancing orders by Gov. Tate Reeves through March 3.

Mississippi’s total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases now stands at 180,207 with another 108,507 probable cases for a total of 288,714 COVID-19 cases and 4,594 confirmed deaths and 1,907 probable COVID-19 deaths for a total of 6,501 COVID-19 deaths, since the pandemic began last March.


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