State health worker Thomas Dobbs said the information he initially shared was based in part on a report from the hospital which was later corrected.
A tweet from Dobbs posted earlier Tuesday, which has since been deleted, said 12 children in Mississippi were receiving treatment for their COVID-19 infections in hospital intensive care units, including 10 on ventilators. Dobbs then released an update that said seven children were in intensive care and two on ventilators.
Dobbs shared the updates on Twitter noting his “personal big apologies” for the confusion.
“MS with 7 children in intensive care including 2 on a ventilator (vital assistance). A hospital corrected its [sic] report to us last night. And yes – 7 children with COVID, ”his tweet said.
The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) said News week updated figures were correct as of July 13. The seven children ranged from 17 to less than a year old, the department added.
The number of COVID-19 infections is on the rise in Mississippi, with the MSDH reporting 641 new cases and five more deaths on Wednesday. The state has reported more than 325,700 cases and more than 7,400 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
In recent weeks, Mississippi state health officials have warned residents of the Delta variant of the virus, which was first reported in India and has spread to the United States.
“Delta is now the predominant strain circulating in the state and accounts for most of the cases identified at this stage,” said the MSDH. News week. “Between June 15 and July 9, the Delta variant represented 80 percent of all specimens sequenced. “
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identifies the Delta variant as “potentially more transmissible” than other strains of COVID-19.
Concerned about the spread of the Delta variant, Dobbs and other state health officials urged older Mississippians and those with underlying health conditions to limit their risk of exposure to the virus by taking drugs. precautions such as wearing masks, practicing social distancing and avoiding large social gatherings. As of July 14, MSDH records showed that about 35% of the state’s residents had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with 31% of the state’s population fully vaccinated.
“We are still seeing cases of COVID-19 in MS; it is not over, and we will probably see a continued increase in cases, ”said the MSDH. “Our vaccination rates for eligible children are low and COVID can cause serious illness and hospitalizations in children. Now is the time for everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated. “