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COVID-19 cases in Mississippi top 13,000 with 616 deaths; Warren County reports four new cases

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The Mississippi State Department of Health reports four new COVID-19 cases in Warren County Saturday. The cumulative number of cases in the county is now 148, and the county’s death toll from the virus stands at six, including four residents of long-term care facilities. The county has 35 cases in one long-term care facility under investigation.

Statewide, MSDH reports another big jump in new COVID-19 cases Saturday with 381 cases, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 13,005.

MSDH also reports 20 additional Mississippians died of COVID- 19, bringing the number of deaths in the state to 616. Eight of the deaths were identified through death certificate reports.

COVID-19 related deaths were reported in the following counties Saturday:

County Deaths reported Saturday
Forrest 1
Humphreys 1
Jones 1
Lauderdale 2
Madison 1
Neshoba 2
Noxubee 2
Oktibbeha 1
Washington 1

Eight confirmed COVID-19 related deaths between May 7 and May 16 were identified through death certificate reports. The additional deaths are reported in the following counties:

County Deaths reported through death certificate reports
Hancock 1
Holmes 1
Lauderdale 1
Lincoln 1
Neshoba 1
Pontotoc 1
Union 1
Winston 1

Deaths and new cases were reported as of 6 p.m. Friday, May 22. MSDH reports new statistics on the COVID-19 coronavirus each morning based on the previous day’s testing and death reports.

MSDH is also reporting the number of estimated COVID-19 cases presumed recovered in Mississippi. That number is 7,681 through Sunday, May 17. This figure will be updated weekly.

As of Saturday, 433 Mississippians are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and another 157 patients are hospitalized with suspected infections. Of those hospitalized, 154 are critically ill and in intensive care units and 93 are on ventilators.

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 1,646 Saturday, an increase of 19 cases since Friday. Deaths among residents total 309, an increase of nine. About 12.7% of the state’s cases and 50.2% of the state’s deaths from the virus are people from long-term care facilities. The number of active outbreaks under investigation is 108, an increase of six overnight.

Lauderdale County in East Central Mississippi has the highest number of cases and deaths in long-term care facilities in the state, with 163 cases and 34 deaths. It also has among the highest total COVID-19 cases and deaths reported in the state with 670 cases and 54 deaths as of Saturday.

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 877 cases Saturday, an increase of 22 since Friday, and 24 deaths. Thirteen of the deaths in Hinds were residents in long-term care facilities, and 78 cases in long-term care facilities are under investigation.

In other neighboring counties, Yazoo County reports 204 cases Saturday, an increase of six since Friday, and two deaths, unchanged. Yazoo is reporting eight cases under investigation in long-term care facilities, an increase of one. Claiborne County reports 57 cases, one death and two cases in a long-term care facility 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, 40 Mississippi counties now report more than 100 cases each, and 22 counties report 200 or more. Hinds, Lauderdale, Madison, Scott, Neshoba, Forrest, Desoto and Jones counties report more than 400 cases. Only Greene, Sharkey and Issaquena counties report 10 or fewer cases.

Ten counties report no deaths from the virus. Most other Mississippi counties report deaths in the single digits. The following 24 counties report 10 or more deaths: Adams (15, unchanged since Friday), Attala (12, unchanged), Bolivar (10, unchanged), Chickasaw (12, unchanged), Clarke (16, unchanged), Forrest (33, up one), Hancock (11, up one), Hinds (24, unchanged), Holmes (23, up one), Jackson (13, unchanged), Jones (13, up one), Kemper (10, unchanged), Lauderdale (54, up three), Leflore (25, unchanged), Lincoln (20, up one), Madison (21, up one), Monroe (24, unchanged), Neshoba (30, up three), Oktibbeha (10), Pearl River (27, unchanged), Pike (11, unchanged), Scott (10, unchanged), Smith (10, unchanged) and Tippah (11, unchanged). Oktibbeha County was added to this list Saturday.

Additional information about COVID-19 in Mississippi can be found on the MSDH website.

Cumulative COVID-19 cases and deaths in Mississippi since March 11, including those in long-term care facilities:

County Total Cases Total Deaths Total LTC Facility Cases Total LTC Facility Deaths
Adams 181 15 39 8
Alcorn 15 1 0 0
Amite 50 1 7 1
Attala 270 12 79 12
Benton 14 0 1 0
Bolivar 136 10 17 4
Calhoun 60 4 23 4
Carroll 113 9 45 7
Chickasaw 125 12 34 8
Choctaw 29 2 0 0
Claiborne 57 1 2 0
Clarke 124 16 17 7
Clay 96 3 0 0
Coahoma 96 3 0 0
Copiah 273 4 0 0
Covington 127 1 1 0
Desoto 458 6 15 2
Forrest 478 33 84 23
Franklin 25 2 2 1
George 19 1 0 0
Greene 7 1 0 0
Grenada 72 2 14 2
Hancock 84 11 7 3
Harrison 231 6 2 1
Hinds 877 24 78 13
Holmes 359 23 76 11
Humphreys 52 7 16 5
Issaquena 0 0 0 0
Itawamba 82 7 34 6
Jackson 296 13 39 4
Jasper 135 3 1 0
Jefferson 40 0 0 0
Jefferson Davis 70 2 3 1
Jones 435 13 53 5
Kemper 118 10 27 6
Lafayette 118 3 37 0
Lamar 218 4 4 2
Lauderdale 670 54 163 34
Lawrence 86 1 1 0
Leake 382 8 1 0
Lee 101 5 9 1
Leflore 240 25 54 12
Lincoln 238 20 81 16
Lowndes 158 7 18 4
Madison 639 21 89 12
Marion 104 8 14 2
Marshall 69 3 2 0
Monroe 241 24 92 21
Montgomery 78 1 0 0
Neshoba 511 30 64 16
Newton 221 3 3 0
Noxubee 157 6 14 3
Oktibbeha 128 10 33 7
Panola 61 2 0 0
Pearl River 203 27 44 9
Perry 43 2 0 0
Pike 194 11 14 6
Pontotoc 26 3 3 1
Prentiss 37 3 22 3
Quitman 23 0 0 0
Rankin 336 6 5 0
Scott 587 10 13 2
Sharkey 7 0 0 0
Simpson 83 0 4 0
Smith 126 10 30 7
Stone 30 0 0 0
Sunflower 77 3 0 0
Tallahatchie 23 1 0 0
Tate 58 1 2 0
Tippah 69 11 0 0
Tishomingo 23 0 1 0
Tunica 48 2 12 2
Union 70 5 20 4
Walthall 51 0 0 0
Warren 148 6 35 4
Washington 151 5 7 1
Wayne 76 0 2 0
Webster 27 1 0 0
Wilkinson 81 9 5 2
Winston 98 1 0 0
Yalobusha 82 4 24 4
Yazoo 204 2 8 0
Total 13,005 616 1,646 309

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New COVID-19 cases in MS top 1,000 Thursday for the first time in nearly two months

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New COVID-19 cases reported in Mississippi topped 1,000 for the first time in nearly two months. The last time the state reported more than 1,000 cases on any one day was Aug. 19. As new cases rise, so do hospitalizations, and both have been rising steadily since the beginning of October.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported five new COVID-19 cases Thursday in Warren County and no new deaths. The cumulative number of cases in Warren County to date is 1,486, and the county’s death toll is 54.

Statewide, MSDH reported 1,322 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 108,139. The seven-day average of new cases is 760, higher by 311 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 Thursday that 12 additional Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide. The cumulative number of deaths in the state is 3,152. The state’s rate of deaths to confirmed cases is about 2.9%.

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 12 deaths MSDH reported Thursday, 11 occurred between Oct. 3 and Oct. 14 in the following counties:

County Deaths reported Thursday
Forrest 1
Hinds 2
Jackson 1
Lee 1
Marshall 1
Neshoba 1
Perry 1
Tippah 1
Union 1
Washington 1

One additional COVID-19 related death occurred in Washington County Aug. 23 and was identified from a death certificate report.

New cases and deaths were reported to MSDH as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14. 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 continued to drop through Oct. 3; however, hospitalizations have been showing a definite rise since then.

The number of Mississippians hospitalized for the virus as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, is 633, about half of the late July peak of more than 1,200. The number includes 500 with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 133 people with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 143 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 94,165 through Sunday, Oct. 11. This figure is updated weekly. It represents about 87.1% of the cumulative 108,139 cases reported Thursday, Oct. 15.

The number of cases in Warren County three weeks ago, Thursday, Sept. 24, was 1,402, therefore the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county is 1,348, or about 90.7% of the 1,486 cumulative cases reported as of Thursday, Oct. 15. The county has an estimated 84 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 Sunday, Oct. 3 (the latest date available from MSDH), is 863,957 or about 29% of the state’s 2.976 million residents. The positivity rate (positive results to tests, seven-day average) was 6.3% Sunday according to Johns Hopkins University. The national rate is 5.1%, and 5% or lower indicates adequate testing.

The total number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities is 128 Thursday. About 40.4%, or 1,273, of the state’s total deaths were people in long-term care facilities.

A total of 25 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 Sept. 27.

For additional information, visit the MSDH website.

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Alabama’s coach Nick Saban and Greg Byrne test positive for COVID-19

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Nick Saban (photo courtesy UA Athletics)

University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and UA Athletic Director Greg Byrne have tested positive for COVID-19.

“I found out earlier this afternoon that I had tested positive for COVID-19,” Saban said Wednesday in statement from the university. “I immediately left work and isolated at home. At this time, I do not have any symptoms relative to COVID, and I have taken another PCR test to confirm my diagnosis.”

Byrne also released a statement Wednesday.

“Today, I received notice that my COVID-19 test from this morning came back positive,” Byrne said. “Upon hearing the news, I immediately entered self-isolation and will remain at home and follow all guidelines. We’ve been diligent about mask wearing and social distancing from the start and want to continue to encourage you all to take the necessary precautions to help stop the spread of this virus for yourself and those around you.”

No. 2 Alabama is set to play No. 3 Georgia Saturday. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will fill in as interim head coach during Saban’s absence.

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Vicksburg police arrest a knife-wielding suspect for meth possession

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Joshua Lisk (photo courtesy VPD)

A knife-wielding South Carolina man was arrested Wednesday in Vicksburg.

Police officers responded to a report of a man waving a large knife in the 3300 block of Clay Street. They found that Joshua Lisk, of Westminster, South Carolina, was in possession of methamphetamine.

Lisk appeared in Vicksburg Municipal Court Wednesday on charges of meth possession. Judge Penny Lawson set his bond at $50,000 and bound him over to the Warren County grand jury.

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