Mississippi health officials warn of COVID-19 transmission at family gatherings

WATCH: Mississippi health officials warn of COVID-19 transmission at family gatherings

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi’s state health officer says most COVID-19 cases are coming from family gatherings because social distancing is not taking place.

State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs reported about 40 percent of COVID-19 transmissions come from family members.

Dobbs said another factor behind the spread is younger people.

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Tuesday, Governor Tate Reeves reported that out of 26,000 cases, almost half of them are under the age of 39.

He said only 33 people have died in that age range, but older people are less likely to survive.

Reeves said if you are between the ages of 60 to 69, you have a 1 in 20 chance of passing away.

From 70 to 79 you have a 1 in 10 chance of passing away.

Both Reeves and Dobbs emphasized that for now, it’s important to stay away from family gatherings.

“When you say so it doesn’t matter if the 20-year-old gets it, you completely ignore what the virus really means to people,” said Reeves. That’s the second generation. That 20-year-old gives it to mom and mom gives it to grandma.”

“Closing down the economy can stop some transmission but if you can’t stop it between family members you are going to be in trouble,” said Dobbs.

FOX13 has learned there has been some stability in the cases over the last 3 or 4 days but officials still want people to practice social distancing, wear a mask and wash their hands.

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