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COVID-19 cases in Mississippi over 3,000; 13 deaths reported yesterday



COVID-19 Update

The Mississippi State Department of Health announced Tuesday that COVID-19 cases had increased in the state by 145 to a total of 3,087 cases.

The numbers of deaths from the virus now stands at 111 after an additional 13 Mississippians died yesterday, the highest one-day death toll to date.

The number of cases in Warren County is unchanged Tuesday with 14 confirmed cases of the virus and no deaths. One long-term care facility is under investigation in the county.

Neighboring Issaquena County remains the only county in the state without any reported cases. Hinds County, which has more cases than any other county in Mississippi, is reporting 263 cases and two deaths. Additionally, four long-term care facilities are under investigation in Hinds County.

In other neighboring counties, Claiborne now reports six cases, an decrease of one since yesterday, and Sharkey is reporting three cases. Neither Claiborne or Sharkey has any reported deaths from the virus. Yazoo County reports 64 cases and one death, unchanged since yesterday.

MSDH reports new statistics on the COVID-19 coronavirus each morning based on the previous day’s testing and death reports.

As previously reported, cases and deaths from the virus are heavily skewed toward African Americans. As of yesterday, 56.2% of cases and 67% of COVID-19 deaths were among African Americans. Much of the racial distribution of the virus and deaths can be attributed to underlying health conditions that make people more vulnerable to the virus. Those conditions include cardiovascular disease and diabetes, among others.

All age groups have been affected by the disease, including children under 18 (73 cases). Deaths and hospitalizations from the virus, however, occur most frequently among those 60 and older. Ninety-seven of the state’s 111 deaths have been people over 60. No deaths among juveniles have been reported in Mississippi.

The rate of hospitalizations for those diagnosed with COVID-19 is still at 29% on Tuesday, one of the highest rates in the nation. The national average for hospitalizations is 12.3%.

Outbreaks under investigation in long-term care facilities now number 60 across the state, an increase of two since yesterday. Even one case is a long-term care facility is considered an outbreak because of the ages and poor health of many residents.

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. Healthcare 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.

The number of people tested in Mississippi as of April 12 is 37,733, about 1.25% of the state’s population, with 28,321 tests performed by private labs. The number of tests completed by the MSDH Public Health Laboratory through April 13 is 9,660, with 1,063 positive results, a rate of more than 11%.

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For more information, visit the MSDH website.

Mississippi COVID-19 cases, deaths and long-term care facility outbreaks to date:

County Cases Deaths LTCs with Outbreaks
Adams 62 1 2
Alcorn 7
Amite 14 1 1
Attala 22
Benton 5
Bolivar 69 4 2
Calhoun 25 1 1
Carroll 8
Chickasaw 32 2 1
Choctaw 11 1
Claiborne 6
Clarke 15 1 2
Clay 20
Coahoma 39 1
Copiah 31
Covington 15
Desoto 188 2 1
Forrest 114 2 2
Franklin 10
George 10
Greene 2
Grenada 13
Hancock 46 5 2
Harrison 121 5 2
Hinds 263 2 4
Holmes 47 3
Humphreys 11 1 1
Itawamba 9 1
Jackson 157 5 2
Jasper 14
Jefferson 4 1
Jefferson Davis 6 1
Jones 40 3
Kemper 14
Lafayette 33 2
Lamar 46 1
Lauderdale 156 11 4
Lawrence 7
Leake 32 1
Lee 46 4
Leflore 52 6 2
Lincoln 56 4 2
Lowndes 25 1
Madison 108 3 3
Marion 25 1
Marshall 34 2
Monroe 38 2 2
Montgomery 15 1
Neshoba 33 1
Newton 14 1
Noxubee 6
Oktibbeha 37 1 2
Panola 26 2
Pearl River 93 8 2
Perry 20 1
Pike 62 1 1
Pontotoc 15 2
Prentiss 14 1
Quitman 12
Rankin 105 2
Scott 62 1
Sharkey 3
Simpson 7 1
Smith 30 1 1
Stone 14
Sunflower 41 2
Tallahatchie 4
Tate 25
Tippah 45 6 1
Tishomingo 2
Tunica 23 1 1
Union 8 1 1
Walthall 22
Warren 14 1
Washington 57 2 2
Wayne 9
Webster 14 1
Wilkinson 49 3 1
Winston 20
Yalobusha 14
Yazoo 64 1
Total 3,087 111 60



Governor adds seven counties to list of those under stricter COVID-19 measures



Gov. Tate Reeves during April 22 news conference. (Photo via video screen grab)

Monday, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves added seven counties to the list of those in the state that will fall under more restrictive COVID-19 measures effective Wednesday, Oct. 21.

With cases and hospitalizations rising in the state, last week Reeves put nine counties under the stricter measures, which include a mask mandate in nearly all indoor situations other than at voting precincts.

The 16 counties are:

  • Benton
  • Carroll
  • Chickasaw
  • Claiborne
  • DeSoto
  • Forrest
  • Harrison
  • Itawamba
  • Jackson
  • Jones
  • Lamar
  • Leake
  • Lee
  • Madison
  • Marshall
  • Neshoba

The governor’s criteria for stricter measures includes more than 500 cases per 100,000 residents or more than 200 cases over a two-week period. The most recent period under scrutiny was Monday, Oct. 5, through Sunday, Oct. 18.

The measures also mandate hospitals to reserve 10% of their capacity for COVID-19 patients, and limit gathering to groups of 10 indoors and 50 outdoors.

Asked why Reeves excluded polling places from the mandates, the governor indicated he would not interfere with a citizen’s right to vote by forcing voters to wear masks. He does expect most voters to wear masks at the polls and to practice social distancing, however.

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Vicksburg’s China Buffet reopens for dine-in service Nov. 4



(photo via Facebook, used with permission)

The China Buffet of Vicksburg will be back open for dine-in service Wednesday, Nov. 4.

The restaurant, located at 4150 S. Frontage Road, announced the reopening Monday on its Facebook page.

China Buffet closed its doors earlier this year when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and a short time later reopened for carry-out service only.

As of next week, customers will be able to sit down and eat inside again and enjoy the buffet for the first time in months at the popular restaurant.

Customers can still call in their orders to pick up food (601-630-0331) until the dine-in service begins.

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Mississippi reports 675 new COVID-19 cases this weekend; 7-day average up 30% from last month



The number of new COVID-19 cases continues to rise across the U.S., with a 23% increase over the past week and two record-setting days. In Mississippi, the seven-day average is 30% higher now than it was one month ago.

Almost no state is immune to the rise, with 37 states reporting growing numbers of new cases and the other 13 relatively flat, according to Johns Hopkins University data. No state reported statistically significant COVID-19 decreases last week.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported three new COVID-19 cases Sunday and Monday in Warren County and one new death identified from a death certificate report. The cumulative number of cases in Warren County to date is 1,551, and the county’s death toll is 56.

Statewide, MSDH reported 675 new COVID-19 cases Monday for Sunday and Monday, with 228 reported Sunday and 447 Monday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 115,763. The seven-day average of new cases is 739, higher by 226 cases or about 30% higher than a month ago.

Most new cases are seen in younger people recesntly, 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 Monday that eight additional Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide. The cumulative number of deaths in the state is 3,263. 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 eight deaths MSDH reported Monday, four occurred between Oct. 11 and Oct. 25 in the following counties:

County Deaths reported Monday
George 1
Leake 1
Marion 1
Tippah 1

Another four COVID-19 related deaths occurred between Aug. 29 and Oct. 6 and were identified from death certificate reports.

County Deaths identified from death certificate reports
Grenada 1
Hinds 1
Jackson 1
Warren 1

New cases and deaths were reported to MSDH as of 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, and Sunday, Oct. 25. 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 have been rising since then.

The number of Mississippians hospitalized for the virus as of 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, is 679, more than half of the late July peak of about 1,200. The number includes 580 with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 99 people with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 157 were critically ill and in intensive care units and 66 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 87.6% of the cumulative 115,763 cases reported as of Monday, Oct. 26.

The number of cases in Warren County three weeks ago, Monday, Oct. 5, was 1,431, therefore the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county is 1,375, or about 88.7% of the 1,551 cumulative cases reported as of Monday, Oct. 26. The county has an estimated 120 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. 10 (the latest testing results reported by MSDH), is 900,479 or about 30.3% 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 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 133 Monday. About 40%, or 1,304, 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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