The Mississippi State Department of Health reports eight additional confirmed COVID-19 cases in Warren County bringing the number of cases to 58 on Tuesday. The county’s death toll is unchanged and stands at two.
Mississippi is still seeing a steep rise in new COVID-19 cases. New cases reported as of 6 p.m. Monday, April 27 is 248, bringing the total of cases to 6,342.
Ten Mississippians died of the virus yesterday, bringing the number of deaths in the state to 239.
MSDH reports new statistics on the COVID-19 coronavirus each morning based on the previous day’s testing and death reports.
The number of individual cases in long-term care facilities is 721, up 42 since yesterday. The number of facilities under active investigation is 89, an decrease 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.
Neighboring Hinds County, still the state’s virus epicenter, is reporting 435 cases today, an increase of 14 since yesterday, and seven deaths, unchanged. Thirteen cases in long-term care facilities are under investigation in Hinds County, also unchanged since yesterday.
In other neighboring counties, Claiborne reports 19 cases, and Sharkey reports five cases, both unchanged since yesterday. Neither Claiborne nor Sharkey has any reported deaths from the virus. Yazoo County reports 129 cases, up three since yesterday and one death. Issaquena County remains the only county in the state without any reported cases.
In all, 18 Mississippi counties are reporting more than 125 cases each. Deaths reported in the counties are in the single digits except for Lauderdale, Leflore, Monroe and Pearl River counties with 19, 15, 12 and 15 deaths, respectively. Monroe County was added to that list today, and Pearl River reported an additional death. All other counts were unchanged.
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 today, 52.1% of cases (3,304) and 59% of COVID-19 deaths (141) in Mississippi were among African Americans.
Almost all of 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 death from COVID-19.
All age groups have been affected by the disease, including children under 18, with 197 cases, up 15 since yesterday. As of today, MSDH reports 14 cases in infants less than one year old, up three since yesterday. No deaths among juveniles have been reported in Mississippi.
Deaths and hospitalizations from the virus occur most frequently among those 60 and older. As of Monday, 696 of Mississippi’s cumulative 1,092 hospitalizations, or 63.7%, were among people over 60, and 90% of the state’s deaths (215) have been people over 60.
Current hospitalizations increased Monday to 429, an increase of 28 patients. The number of patients in intensive care units and on ventilators also jumped, while the overall trend seems to be holding fairly steady.
The rate of hospitalizations for those diagnosed with COVID-19 continues to drop and is now below the national average. From a high of more than 30%, the rate stands at 19.5% as of Tuesday. The national average for hospitalizations has seen a steady rise and now stands at 29.2 per 100,000 for the week ending April 24, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; however, the rate skyrockets to 95.5 per 100,000 for those 65 and older.
The number of people tested in Mississippi as of April 27 is 64,412, with 52,434 tests performed by private labs. The number of tests completed by the MSDH Public Health Laboratory through April 26 is 11,978, with 1,432 positive results, a rate of 11.95%.
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. 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.
For more information, visit the MSDH website or call the hotline at 877-978-6453, available 24/7.
Mississippi COVID-19 cases, deaths and cases in long-term care facilities to date:
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