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COVID-19 cases in Mississippi swell to 2,781 with 96 deaths



COVID-19 Update

The Mississippi State Department of Health announced Sunday that COVID-19 cases had increased by 139 to a total of 2,781 cases.

The numbers of deaths from the virus now stands at 96 after an additional three Mississippians died yesterday.

Warren County now has 14 confirmed cases of the virus, an increase of three cases since yesterday. The county has not reported any deaths from the virus. One long-term care facility is under investigation in the county.

Neighboring Issaquena County is still the only county in the state without any reported cases. Hinds County, which has more cases than any other county in Mississippi, is reporting 247 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 increase of one since yesterday, and Sharkey is reporting three cases. Neither Claiborne or Sharkey has any reported deaths from the virus. Yazoo County reports 63 cases, up five from yesterday, and one death.

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. 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 (69 cases). Deaths and hospitalizations from the virus, however, occur most frequently among those 60 and older. No deaths among juveniles have been reported in Mississippi.

The rate of hospitalizations for those diagnosed with COVID-19 stands at 29% on Sunday, still 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 53 across the state, an increase of one 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.

Some 22,000 tests have been completed in Mississippi to date. The exact number is unclear as MSDH has not updated the number of tests from outside labs since April 5.

Find a COVID-19 testing provider near you

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 51 1 2
Alcorn 7
Amite 12 1 1
Attala 20
Benton 5
Bolivar 68 3 2
Calhoun 18 1
Carroll 7
Chickasaw 24 2 1
Choctaw 10 1
Claiborne 6
Clarke 13 1 2
Clay 18
Coahoma 38 1
Copiah 31
Covington 14
Desoto 171 2 1
Forrest 95 2 2
Franklin 10
George 7
Greene 2
Grenada 10
Hancock 40 5 2
Harrison 110 5 2
Hinds 247 2 4
Holmes 44 3
Humphreys 9 1
Itawamba 9
Jackson 140 5 1
Jasper 14
Jefferson 4 1
Jefferson Davis 5
Jones 33 2
Kemper 14
Lafayette 29 1
Lamar 32 1
Lauderdale 135 8 4
Lawrence 6
Leake 27
Lee 43 4
Leflore 45 4 2
Lincoln 46 4 2
Lowndes 24
Madison 103 2 2
Marion 21 1
Marshall 33 2
Monroe 36 2 2
Montgomery 14 1
Neshoba 31
Newton 10 1
Noxubee 6
Oktibbeha 37 1 2
Panola 22 2
Pearl River 83 7 2
Perry 18 1
Pike 54 1 1
Pontotoc 15 1
Prentiss 13 1
Quitman 12
Rankin 99 2
Scott 54 1
Sharkey 3
Simpson 7
Smith 24 1 1
Stone 10
Sunflower 35 1
Tallahatchie 3
Tate 24
Tippah 43 6 1
Tishomingo 2
Tunica 21 1 1
Union 7 1 1
Walthall 18
Warren 14 1
Washington 53 2 2
Wayne 8
Webster 14 1
Wilkinson 45 3 1
Winston 19
Yalobusha 14
Yazoo 63 1
Total 2,781 96 53




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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