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Another COVID-19 death and two new cases reported in Warren County Sunday

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Sunday, the Mississippi State Department of Health reports the 10th COVID-19 death in Warren County and another two confirmed cases. The cumulative number of cases in the county is 173. The county’s death toll includes seven residents of long-term care facilities, and the county has 37 cases in one long-term facility under investigation.

Statewide, MSDH reports 272 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 15,501.

MSDH also reports 11 Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide, bringing the number of deaths in the state to 734.

COVID-19 deaths are reported in the following counties Sunday:

County Deaths reported Sunday
Attala 1
Jefferson Davis 1
Jones 3
Lauderdale 1
Lincoln 1
Neshoba 1
Rankin 1
Warren 1
Webster 1

Deaths and new cases were reported as of 6 p.m. Saturday, May 30. MSDH reports new statistics on the COVID-19 coronavirus each morning based on the previous day’s testing and death reports.

MSDH has estimated the number of people who can be presumed recovered from COVID-19 in Mississippi. That number is 9,401 through Sunday, May 24. That figure represents about 60.6% of the cumulative 15,501 cases reported as of Sunday, May 31. This figure will be updated weekly.

Based on the number of cases reported Sunday, May 10, in Warren County (117), the estimated number of people presumed recovered is 107, with 66 active cases.

These estimates are based on MSDH’s guidelines for calculating estimated recoveries when hospitalizations are not known, using the number of cases 21 days ago, less known outcomes (deaths).

As of Sunday, 405 Mississippians were hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and another 165 patients are hospitalized with suspected infections. Of those hospitalized with confirmed infections, 113 are critically ill and in intensive care units and about 92 are on ventilators.

Source: MSDH

Long-term care facilities

Many of the new cases and deaths in Mississippi are reflected in cases and deaths in the state’s long-term care facilities. The number of individual COVID-19 cases in long-term care facilities total 1,883 Sunday. Resident deaths total 371. About 12.1% of the state’s cases and 50.5% of the state’s deaths from the virus are people from long-term care facilities. The number of active outbreaks under investigation is 137.

Lauderdale County in East Central Mississippi leads the state with the highest number of cases and deaths in long-term care facilities, with 195 cases and 41 deaths Sunday. It also has among the highest total COVID-19 cases and the highest number of deaths reported in the state with 738 cases and 62 deaths as of Sunday.

Two counties, Lauderdale and Madison, have more than 100 LTC cases. Five counties have more than 20 LTC deaths: Lauderdale, Forrest, Monroe, Lincoln and Neshoba.

Mississippi is paying special attention to any outbreaks in these facilities. Even one case is a long-term care facility is considered an outbreak because of the ages and poor health of many residents. Long-term care facilities include nursing homes, intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, personal care homes, assisted living facilities, long-term acute care facilities, and psychiatric or chemical dependency residential treatment centers.

COVID-19 in Mississippi counties

Neighboring Hinds County, the state’s virus epicenter, is reporting 1,006 cases Sunday and 25 deaths. Thirteen of the deaths in Hinds were residents in long-term care facilities, and 81 cases in long-term care facilities are under investigation.

In other neighboring counties:

Yazoo County reports 281 cases Sunday and four deaths. Yazoo is reporting 11 cases under investigation and two deaths in long-term care facilities.

Claiborne County reports 110 cases and two deaths Sunday. One death was a resident in a long-term care facility and eight cases in a long-term care facilities are under investigation.

Sharkey County reports seven cases, no deaths and no outbreaks in long-term care facilities.

Issaquena County remains the only county in the state without any reported cases.

In all, 46 Mississippi counties now report more than 100 cases each, and 26 counties report 200 or more. Eleven counties report more than 400 cases each: Hinds, Lauderdale, Madison, Neshoba, Scott, Jones, Forrest, Desoto, Rankin, Holmes and Leake. Only Sharkey and Issaquena counties report fewer than 10 cases.

Seven counties report no deaths from the virus. The following 27 counties report 10 or more deaths:

County Total Cases Total Deaths Total LTC Facility Cases Total LTC Facility Deaths
Adams 199 15 43 8
Attala 298 17 80 14
Bolivar 162 11 17 4
Carroll 117 11 46 9
Chickasaw 135 12 34 8
Clarke 144 18 17 7
Forrest 564 38 88 27
Hancock 91 11 9 3
Hinds 1006 25 81 13
Holmes 429 28 81 14
Jackson 308 13 40 4
Jones 629 28 88 15
Kemper 144 11 32 7
Lauderdale 738 62 195 41
Leake 427 12 2 0
Leflore 264 31 90 18
Lincoln 263 29 86 22
Madison 724 23 101 12
Monroe 257 25 92 22
Neshoba 646 39 69 21
Oktibbeha 239 12 47 9
Pearl River 209 31 45 11
Pike 203 11 15 6
Scott 644 12 13 2
Smith 152 11 33 7
Tippah 73 11 0 0
Warren 173 10 37 7

COVID-19 Demographics: race, gender and age

Cases and deaths from the virus are heavily skewed toward African Americans, and MSDH is reporting racial breakdowns of each county’s statistics, available on its website. As of Sunday, 59.4%. of cases and 52.1% of COVID-19 deaths in Mississippi were among African Americans.

COVID-19 cases are also skewed toward women, with 58.7% of cases among women.

Almost all the COVID-19 deaths in Mississippi occurred among people with underlying health conditions, including obesity, lung disease and diabetes. The health of African Americans is contributing to their higher rate of infection and death from COVID-19.

All age groups have been affected by the disease, including children under 18, with 967 cumulative cases as of Sunday, including 68 cases in infants less than 1 year old. Twenty-seven young people were hospitalized with the virus, but no death among juveniles have been reported in Mississippi.

Deaths and hospitalizations from the virus occur most frequently among those 60 and older. As of Sunday, 1,383 of Mississippi’s cumulative 2,272 hospitalizations, or 60.9%, were among people over 60, and 87.2% of the state’s deaths (640) have been people over 60.

Date source; MSDH

Hospitalizations
As of Sunday, 405 Mississippians were hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and another 165 patients are hospitalized with suspected infections. Of those hospitalized with confirmed infections, 113 are critically ill and in intensive care units and about 92 are on ventilators.

Mississippi’s rate of hospitalizations for those diagnosed with COVID-19 is below the national average. From a high of more than 30%, the rate stands at 16.1% as of Sunday. The national average for hospitalizations has seen a steady rise and stands at 73.3 per 100,000 for the week ending May 23, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; however, the rate skyrockets to 223.7 per 100,000 for those 65 and older.

Testing

The number of COVID-19 tests performed in Mississippi as of May 30 is 171,837 About 9% of the tests had a positive result based on the total number of confirmed cases in the state. As more asymptomatic people are tested, the actual rate of infection will become clear. As of May 30, Mississippi has tested about 5.5% of the state’s 3.15 million people.

Anyone with symptoms of fever, severe cough or severe chest pains – especially those who are older or in poor health – should arrange for testing with their doctor or one of the many health care providers now performing testing, although not having a fever may not eliminate you from being tested. Health care providers can assess your health history and symptoms and perform testing for COVID-19 as needed. MSDH is also helping conduct free drive-up testing sites in many parts of the state. Always call ahead to the testing provider for instructions on safely being examined before you visit for your test.

Find a COVID-19 testing provider near you

For more information, visit the MSDH website or call the hotline at 877-978-6453, available seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Totals of reported confirmed cases and deaths since March 11, including those in long-term care facilities, reported Sunday, May 31:

County Total Cases Total Deaths Total LTC Facility Cases Total LTC Facility Deaths
Adams 199 15 43 8
Alcorn 17 1 0 0
Amite 64 1 12 1
Attala 298 17 80 14
Benton 14 0 1 0
Bolivar 162 11 17 4
Calhoun 65 4 23 4
Carroll 117 11 46 9
Chickasaw 135 12 34 8
Choctaw 43 2 0 0
Claiborne 110 2 8 1
Clarke 144 18 17 7
Clay 112 4 0 0
Coahoma 125 4 0 0
Copiah 312 4 0 0
Covington 164 2 1 0
Desoto 542 7 19 2
Forrest 564 38 88 27
Franklin 29 2 3 1
George 25 1 0 0
Greene 13 1 0 0
Grenada 94 3 14 2
Hancock 91 11 9 3
Harrison 258 7 3 2
Hinds 1006 25 81 13
Holmes 429 28 81 14
Humphreys 59 7 16 5
Itawamba 86 7 34 6
Jackson 308 13 40 4
Jasper 163 4 1 0
Jefferson 42 1 0 0
Jefferson Davis 77 3 4 1
Jones 629 28 88 15
Kemper 144 11 32 7
Lafayette 136 4 38 1
Lamar 238 5 5 2
Lauderdale 738 62 195 41
Lawrence 102 1 1 0
Leake 427 12 2 0
Lee 153 6 21 1
Leflore 264 31 90 18
Lincoln 263 29 86 22
Lowndes 211 9 19 5
Madison 724 23 101 12
Marion 114 9 15 2
Marshall 81 3 2 0
Monroe 257 25 92 22
Montgomery 85 1 0 0
Neshoba 646 39 69 21
Newton 270 4 5 0
Noxubee 186 6 14 3
Oktibbeha 239 12 47 9
Panola 71 3 0 0
Pearl River 209 31 45 11
Perry 50 3 0 0
Pike 203 11 15 6
Pontotoc 35 3 3 1
Prentiss 53 3 22 3
Quitman 33 0 0 0
Rankin 439 8 7 0
Scott 644 12 13 2
Sharkey 7 0 0 0
Simpson 98 0 5 0
Smith 152 11 33 7
Stone 30 0 0 0
Sunflower 84 3 0 0
Tallahatchie 27 1 0 0
Tate 94 1 2 0
Tippah 73 11 0 0
Tishomingo 32 0 1 0
Tunica 55 3 12 2
Union 82 5 20 4
Walthall 56 0 0 0
Warren 173 10 37 7
Washington 178 7 8 1
Wayne 204 1 2 0
Webster 69 2 18 1
Wilkinson 85 9 5 2
Winston 117 1 0 0
Yalobusha 93 5 27 5
Yazoo 281 4 11 2
Total 15,501 734 1,883 371

 

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Mississippi reports 1,000 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday

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So far in October, more than half of all U.S. states have reported record numbers of new COVID-19 cases. Missouri is the only state that is reporting a significant drop in new cases. With increased cases come increased hospitalizations. Wisconsin, for example, has set up a field hospital at the state fairgrounds. Deaths, which are a lagging indicator, have also increased in the past couple of weeks, but not as quickly as new cases.

In Mississippi, the number of new reported cases hit 1,000 Wednesday, driving the seven-day average up to nearly 800 per day.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported one new COVID-19 case Wednesday in Warren County and no new deaths. The cumulative number of cases in Warren County to date is 1,561, and the county’s death toll is 56.

Statewide, MSDH reported 1,000 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 117,617. The seven-day average of new cases is 785, higher by 286 cases — more than a third higher— from a month ago.

Most new cases are seen in younger people recently, and they are more likely to survive the virus than those 65 and older. By far, the age group reporting the most cases in Mississippi are young people from 18 to 29 years old.

MSDH reported Wednesday that 19 additional Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide. The cumulative number of deaths in the state is 3,302. The state’s rate of deaths to confirmed cases is about 2.8%.

Deaths are a lagging indicator. While July saw the highest number of new cases since the crisis began, August saw the highest number of deaths. The highest number of deaths in any one day was 67 reported Aug. 25.

Of the 19 deaths MSDH reported Wednesday, 13 occurred between Oct. 15 and Oct. 27 in the following counties:

County Deaths reported Wednesday
Adams 1
Attala 1
Benton 2
Bolivar 1
Chickasaw 1
Desoto 1
Harrison 1
Jefferson Davis 1
Lamar 1
Tippah 1
Yalobusha 2

Six COVID-19 related deaths reported Wednesday occurred between Aug. 19 and Oct. 20 and were identified from death certificate reports.

County Deaths identified from death certificate reports
Bolivar 1
Humphreys 1
Jackson 1
Lamar 1
Washington 1
Wilkinson 1

New cases and deaths were reported to MSDH as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. MSDH usually reports statistics on the COVID-19 coronavirus each day based on the previous day’s testing and death reports.

The primary metric concerning state health officials are the numbers of people hospitalized, and that number rose steadily with the rise of new cases in July and August. On June 6, the number of Mississippians hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 was at 358. Hospitalizations nearly tripled by late July. They leveled off in early August and began noticeably dropping in the middle of the month including critical cases and numbers of people requiring ventilators. Hospitalizations continued to drop in September but levelled off at the middle of the month. They dropped again through Oct. 3; however, hospitalizations began rising since then. The have leveled off again this week.

The number of Mississippians hospitalized for the virus as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, is 666, more than half of the late July peak of about 1,200. The number includes 577 with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 89 people with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 157 were critically ill and in intensive care units and 62 were on ventilators.

Source: MSDH

MSDH has estimated the number of people who can be presumed recovered from COVID-19 in Mississippi. That number is 101,385 through Sunday, Oct. 25. This figure is updated weekly. It represents about 86.9% of the cumulative 117,617 cases reported as of Wednesday, Oct. 28.

The number of cases in Warren County three weeks ago, Wednesday, Oct. 7, was 1,443, therefore the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county is 1,387, or about 88.9% of the 1,561 cumulative cases reported as of Wednesday, Oct. 28. The county has an estimated 118 active cases.

These estimates are based on MSDH’s guidelines for calculating estimated recoveries when hospitalizations are not known, using the number of cases 21 days ago, less known outcomes (deaths).

The total number of Mississippians tested for COVID-19 (PCR and antigen tests identifying current infections) as of Saturday, Oct. 17 (the latest testing results reported by MSDH), is 949,085 or about 31.9% of the state’s 2.976 million residents. Without an updated number of tests, it is impossible to accurately calculate Mississippi’s positivity rate (positive results to tests, seven-day average), however, the rate was 16.6% Thursday, Oct. 22, according to Johns Hopkins University. The national rate is 6.2%, and 5% or lower indicates adequate testing.

The total number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities was 132 Wednesday. About 39.8%, or 1,315, of the state’s total deaths were people in long-term care facilities.

A total of 26 deaths in Warren County were residents of LTC facilities.

MSDH is no longer reporting outbreaks in individual long-term care facilities in Mississippi and has replaced it with access to a database from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. You can access and search the data here. The latest data available is for the week ending Oct. 11.

For additional information, visit the MSDH website.

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Vicksburg Warren School District reports four new COVID-19 cases

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The Vicksburg Warren School District is reporting four new COVID-19 cases for the week of Oct. 19 through Oct. 23, 2020.

Additionally, 22 students, teachers and staff are under new quarantines due to possible exposure in the same time period.

The following schools reported new cases and quarantines:

Academy of Innovation
1 new positive case – student
5 quarantined – students

Bowmar Avenue Elementary
2 new positive cases – teacher/staff
1 quarantined – teacher/staff
13 quarantined – students

River City Early College
1 quarantined – student

Warren Central Intermediate School
1 new positive case – teacher/staff
1 quarantined teacher/staff

Central Office Staff 
1 new quarantined – staff

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Ridgeland High football and basketball teams quarantined

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The Madison County School District has ordered the Ridgeland High School football team to quarantine due to three positive COVID-19 tests.

The Titans will quarantine at home for 14 days, which means they will not play Friday. The team was scheduled to play Holmes County Central Friday for their last game of the regular season, but the game has been canceled giving the Holmes Jaguars a big district forfeit win.

The team ends the season with a 6-2 record, only losing one district game due to Friday’s forfeit to the Jaguars. They will likely head into the playoffs after the quarantine.

The Titans boy’s basketball team has also been ordered to suspend practice and quarantine and will not be able continue practice until the end of the two week period.

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