As many Mississippi children have died of COVID-19 over the past month as died during the first 17 months of the pandemic combined. The Mississippi State Department of Health reports that the latest pediatric victim is younger than 5 years old.
About 15% of all Mississippi K-12 students have now been quarantined since the start of the year either for testing positive for COVID-19 or due to known exposures. That figure, based on new data from the Mississippi State Department of Health, includes 65,525 students who have been ordered to isolate in the weeks since classes began.
In late August, with the virus reaching its newest peak in Mississippi, Dr. Eric Topol identified the Magnolia State as the global hotspot of COVID-19, reflecting the rampaging spread of the virus. That same day, Topol joined the Mississippi Free Press for an interview on the state of the pandemic—and what comes next.