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Doctor: Most Mississippi nursing homes have COVID outbreaks

State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said Friday that there were active outbreaks in 192 of Mississippi’s 211 nursing homes.

JACKSON, Miss — A top Mississippi health official says there are active COVID-19 outbreaks at most nursing homes in the state. 

State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said Friday that there were active outbreaks in 192 of Mississippi’s 211 nursing homes. 

The state epidemiologist said a lack of vaccinations among staff is “one of the weak points that we’ve had in long-term care settings.” 

In facilities with active outbreaks, 75% of staff and 88% of residents are fully vaccinated. 

About 13% of staff have received a booster shot. 

Although new cases have been rising rapidly, the cases haven’t corresponded to a large increase in deaths compared with past surges.