JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs and other health officials met on Friday to discuss COVID-19 in Mississippi, and cases of the new Brazilian variant of COVID-19 in the state.
State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said there had been a downward trend in the number of cases and deaths reported. In recent weeks, long-term care facilities have not reported any deaths from COVID-19, which is a sign of good progress.
“We really believe a lot of that has to do with the vaccinations people receive at those long-term care facilities,” Byers said.
Dobbs urged doctors to think about antibody treatments to use in patients as new variants are exposed and as future spikes develop to prevent hospitalizations and deaths.
“As we collect new cases and look at future booms and as we look at periods where we don’t have really efficient immunizations, doctors ask to think about monoclonal antibody treatment,” Dobbs said.
To hear the full interview, click here.