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Blue Duck responds to Saturday’s scooter accident

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In response to our inquiries regarding a minor accident involving a Blue Duck scooter in Vicksburg, Blue Duck sent the following statement to the Vicksburg Daily News:

“We are aware of the incident in Vicksburg over the weekend. The safety of our riders is our number one priority at Blue Duck and we carefully maintain our assets and promote the rules of the road.

We are carefully reviewing the circumstances of the incident and have no further comment at this time.”

Blue Duck’s rental agreement states that riders agree not to hold Blue Duck liable for any injury suffered while using the services or operating a scooter.

The Vicksburg Daily News has not been able to verify the rider’s injuries; however, they were reportedly minor.

 

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Last day for in-person absentee voting in Mississippi

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Today is the last day for in-person absentee voting in Mississippi. Circuit clerk’s offices will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. to accommodate voters.

Voters can mail in their absentee ballots until Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3. Ballots must be postmarked on or before Nov. 3 to be counted.

Across the country, more than 80 million Americans had already cast their ballots through absentee and early voting by Thursday, according to Reuters, more than 58% of the 2016 turnout of 139 million. In Texas, early voting has exceeded the total number of ballots cast in the 2016 election.

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Actor Sean Connery dead at 90

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Sean Connery, the original James Bond, has died at the age of 90.

Connery will forever be connected to the urbane and witty spy, and was highly regarded as the best of the franchise. “Bond… James Bond,” rocketed him to stardom in the 1960s.

He went on to become a sought-after leading man in numerous dramatic roles in iconic films such as “The Wind and the Lion,” “The Man Who Would Be King” and “A Bridge Too Far.”

He won an Oscar for his supporting role in “The Untouchables” in 1987 and a BAFTA for “The Name of the Rose” in ’88. He continued his prolific film career until 2003 with “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” released 49 years after his first, uncredited movie role in 1954.

In all that time, Connery never lost his sex appeal. Instead, his allure grew stronger as he aged. In 1999 he was People magazine’s Sexiest Man of the Century. That year, he starred in “Entrapment” opposite the much-younger Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Connery, born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1930, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000. He died in his sleep in the Bahamas Oct. 31, 2020.

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749 new COVID-19 cases reported Friday in Mississippi

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More than a half-million new COVID-19 cases were reported in the U.S. this past week in what is being reported as the worst week since the crises began. The 14-day average for cases saw an increase of 42% while deaths increased by 16%. Hospitalizations have exploded by 46%.

In Mississippi, the seven-day average for new cases is hovering just below 800, while hospitalizations remained fairly flat.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported five new COVID-19 cases Friday in Warren County and no new deaths. The cumulative number of cases in Warren County to date is 1,571, and the county’s death toll is 56.

Statewide, MSDH reported 749 new COVID-19 cases Friday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 119,336. The seven-day average of new cases is 780, higher by 263 cases 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 Friday that 18 additional Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide. The cumulative number of deaths in the state is 3,328. 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 18 deaths MSDH reported Friday, five occurred between Oct. 14 and Oct. 28 in the following counties:

County Deaths reported Friday
Harrison 1
Itawamba 1
Jackson 1
Simpson 1
Tippah 1

Thirteen COVID-19 related deaths occurred between July 31 and Oct. 25, identified from death certificate reports.

County Deaths identified from death certificate reports
Chickasaw 1
Copiah 1
Forrest 1
Grenada 1
Hancock 1
Harrison 1
Jackson 1
Jefferson Davis 1
Marshall 1
Monroe 1
Oktibbeha 1
Sunflower 1
Yazoo 1

New cases and deaths were reported to MSDH as of 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29. 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. They have leveled off this week.

The number of Mississippians hospitalized for the virus as of 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, is 712, more than half of the late July peak of about 1,200. The number includes 609 with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 103 people with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 173 were critically ill and in intensive care units and 72 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 101,336 through Sunday, Oct. 25. This figure is updated weekly. It represents about 85% of the cumulative 119,336 cases reported as of Friday, Oct. 30.

The number of cases in Warren County three weeks ago, Friday, Oct. 9, was 1,459, therefore the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county is 1,403, or about 89.3% of the 1,571 cumulative cases reported as of Friday, Oct. 30. The county has an estimated 112 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. 24 (the latest testing results reported by MSDH), is 1,002,327 or about 33.7% 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 6.9% Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University. The national rate is 6.3%, and 5% or lower indicates adequate testing.

The total number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities was 131 Friday. About 39.3%, or 1,319, 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. 18.

For additional information, visit the MSDH website.

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