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New COVID Variant Cases Rise

More than 270 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in County in the last 24 hours, causing concern from doctors about where we’re headed in this pandemic.

Wednesday afternoon, Baptist said between their hospitals, 106 people are hospitalized with the virus, 12 of them on a ventilator.  Local hospitals encourage COVID vaccination, but most don’t require it for employees.

Experts with Baptist Hospital say they’re seeing more cases of the contagious delta variant, but recently, two gamma variants as well.

“That really is something that I certainly keep an eye on as being one of those variants that really has no respect for the immunity for previous infections,” said Dr. Steve with Baptist.

The message pushed by top doctors across the nation: Get vaccinated. But millions of Americans are still hesitant to get the shot. The reason behind that uncertainty varies from access to concerns about possible side effects.

Threlkeld says right now science is showing us long-term, negative effects of COVID like respiratory problems, high blood pressure, and other issues.

As for current COVID-19 vaccines, they are RNA vaccines, meaning they teach our bodies to make a protein triggering an immune response. Threlkeld said they have been studied in animals since 1990.

The latest numbers from the health department show nearly 59% of its vaccination goal.

Jim Sherwood serves as chief creative, brand strategist, lead developer, meticulous project manager, and station collaborator for all Skyrocket Radio sites and projects.

Jim got his start in radio at WLSM in the small town of Louisville, MS in 1988. Since then he has worked on-air in all day parts and has held nearly every other station position at one time or another. Jim has worked for radio stations in several states and for iHeartMedia (Clear Channel Radio), CBS Radio, Cumulus Broadcasting and a few small locally-owned stations. He even hosted a morning show on an aircraft carrier for two years while in the Navy. Jim has a passion for radio history, music, gadgets and all kinds of geeky web stuff.

After 14 years at Clear Channel Radio, Jim left the industry in 2013 to devote full-time attention to his company, Mediagin Creative, a small freelance creative agency that develops WordPress websites as well as produces commercials for radio and TV. After being asked by the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters to speak to a panel of small market station owners about the need for better websites, it became apparent that an easy to use and low-cost solution was needed to assist smaller markets in competing for online ad dollars. Skyrocket Radio was born.