The state-funded contracts of over 900 health care workers brought in by Mississippi’s governor to support overcrowded and understaffed hospitals during the Delta surge of COVID-19 will expire Sunday.

Gov. Tate Reeves in late August requested over 1,000 health care workers to bolster care at Mississippi hospitals, which were inundated with COVID-19 cases and short-staffed.

Malary White, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesperson, said Friday the number of contracted health care workers peaked in September as the Delta variant raged across the state. Since then, staffing needs in Mississippi hospitals have declined as COVID-19 cases have dropped, she said.

In recent weeks, daily coronavirus case counts have fallen significantly. Cases in October are nearly 70% fewer than in September.

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COVID-19-related hospitalizations have also taken a nose-dive.

As of Thursday, the most recent data from the state health department, 215 people were hospitalized for the virus. Eighty-five were in the ICU and 46 were on ventilators. One month ago, 579 patients were in Mississippi hospitals with COVID-19, 209 in the ICU and 135 on ventilators.

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