The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) on Thursday reported 8,356 new cases of COVID-19 in the state and 17 deaths as of 3 p.m. Jan. 12. One hundred thirty-three new cases and one death were reported in Hancock County.

Hancock County’s total now stands at 9,250 with 140 COVID-19 related deaths.

“Mississippi's total of COVID-19 cases since March 11, 2020 now stands at 625,328 with 10,606 deaths.” according to the agency’s statement on Thursday. “There are now 301 active outbreaks of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities (where an outbreak is one or more cases among residents or staff).”

As of Jan. 12, the MSDH reports that 1,332 Mississippians are hospitalized with confirmed infection; 250 patients in ICU; 71 patients hospitalized with suspected infection; and 114 patients on ventilators.

Seventeen deaths reported on Thursday occurred between Jan. 7 and Jan. 12.

Monoclonal antibodies is having a positive impact on those diagnosed with COVID-19 and can prevent hospitalization or death.

Residents can call the Mississippi COVID hotline at 1-877-978-6453 for information about where to go and get monoclonal antibodies.

As of Jan. 13, about 19,378 Hancock residents — about 41 percent of the population — had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 16,925 Hancock residents — about 36 percent of the population — had been fully vaccinated.

Statewide, the total doses administered is 3,568,374. Of that number, 1,691,072 have received at least one dose. The MSDH reports that 1,465,727 Mississippians are fully vaccinated and 482,118 people have received the booster or third dose.

Vaccination against COVID-19 is free, safe and greatly reduces the risk of hospitalization and death. You can be vaccinated at any of our free sites, or at hundreds of providers statewide. Find booster and vaccination information at

Third vaccine doses and booster doses are now available through county health departments for those who qualify. More information at

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is now scheduling COVID-19 vaccinations for children 5 to 11 years old.

“Anyone with symptoms of fever, severe cough or severe chest pains – especially those who are older or in poor health – should make arrangements for testing with their doctor or one of the many healthcare providers now performing testing,” according to MSDH. “Healthcare providers can assess your health history and symptoms, and perform testing for COVID-19 as needed. Always call ahead to the testing provider for instructions on safely being examined before you visit for your test.”

The latest COVID-19 guidance and protective steps to take are also online at

The Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline is the best way to get your questions about COVID-19 answered. Call 877-978-6453 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

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