Mississippi has had its fourth child die from COVID-19.
State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs recently said that increasingly, younger people are battling severe cases of the coronavirus. The main reason for the increased danger to younger age groups is the new dominant delta variant of COVID-19, which has hit the U.S. hard after first wreaking havoc in India.
Dobbs said Wednesday that 93% of the recent COVID samples taken in the state are the delta variant.
“It’s highly contagious and most of the transmission is occurring from the unvaccinated,” Dobbs said. “Ninety-five percent of our new cases are unvaccinated.”
Children 12 and older are eligible to receive a vaccine, but it has yet to be approved for younger children.
Dobbs said that there have been four deaths in children in Mississippi since the start of the pandemic. Two are in the age range of 11-17, one in the 6-10 age group and one that was between the ages of 1 and 5.
“The recent death was a child who had an underlying health issue, but it was a common medical issue,” said Dobbs. “It’s not something that people don’t live with every day in Mississippi.
The number of children under the age of 18 hospitalized in Mississippi with COVID-19 is currently 10 with three in intensive care, with many pediatric cases sent to hospitals in surrounding states in places like Memphis and Mobile, which means they are not included in the MS count.